Project History Brays Bayou
On Nov. 13, 2014, Houston Parks Board – along with Mayor Parker, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and others – held the first ribbon cutting of Bayou Greenways 2020 and officially opened 2.75-miles of new parkland and trails. The new section of Brays Bayou Greenway runs from Mason Park to Old Spanish Trail near Wheeler Street. The new segment gives Houstonians in the East End access to one of Houston's most scenic stretches of the bayou in a densely populated part of the city.
On March 9, 2017, Houston Parks Board—along with Mayor Turner, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, U.S. Department of Transportation, and University of Houston—celebrated the opening of a new 1.6 mile-segment of Brays Bayou Greenway. The new segment starts at Old Spanish Trail and extends west to Martin Luther King Blvd., connecting Gragg Park, Fonde Park, UH, and UH Energy Research Park.
This project is one of six bike/pedestrian projects funded through a $15 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant awarded to the City of Houston in 2012. University of Houston also made vital contributions to this project.
In September 2018, Houston Parks Board added new trail segments to fill in the gaps near Hermann Park on the north side of Brays Bayou Greenway. In addition, a portion of the trail beneath the Almeda bridge was replaced.
On Nov. 20, 2018, Houston Parks Board —along with Mayor Turner, Council Member Robert Gallegos, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), and others—celebrated the opening of an iconic 485-foot-long, 16-foot-wide pedestrian/bike suspension bridge over Brays Bayou connecting both sides of Mason Park.
Funding for the bridge came from a variety of sources, including a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant selected for funding by H-GAC and administered by TxDOT, a local match from the City of Houston, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, council district service funds from Council Member Robert Gallegos, and private contributions raised by Houston Parks Board.
On Feb. 24, 2020, Houston Parks Board and Houston BCycle—along with Mayor Turner, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, University of Houston, and others—celebrated the joint opening of the Brays Bayou Greenway and 100th BCycle Station.
The bridge serves the expanding University of Houston campus and connects it to the MacGregor Park and OST/South Union communities. University of Houston provided an easement for the bridge. A new parklet was also installed near the bridge, complete with benches, signage, and new native plantings, courtesy of Phillips 66.
The 100th BCycle Station is located at MacGregor Park and was part of an expansion funded through a Federal Highway Administration grant with local match funding provided by a number of different stakeholders, including Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis.
In April 2020, Houston Parks Board finished the replacement of an asphalt trail from Calhoun Road to Highway 288 as part of Houston Parks Board's Bayou Greenways Conservation and Maintenance Program. The trail was brought up to the Houston Parks Board's 10-foot wide concrete standard.
Houston Parks Board does not have any Brays Bayou Greenway projects under construction at this time.
PLANNING AND DESIGN
Houston Parks Board is in final permitting and design on an ambitious length of Brays Bayou Greenway, which will span over eight miles and connect to more than four additional miles of county-built trails along Brays Bayou west of Eldridge Pkwy.
The project includes connections into Arthur Storey Park, Mike Driscoll Park and the Eldridge Detention Basin/Arch Bishop Fiorenza Park. The organization will also create new neighborhood trailheads and gateways as part of the project.
Construction is estimated to being by the end of 2020.
CLOSURES AND DETOURS
Please visit our interactive map here for updates on closures and detours related to Harris County Flood Control District projects.