Project History Sims Bayou
In January 2017, Houston Parks Board replaced an asphalt trail from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to Scott St. as part of Houston Parks Board's Bayou Greenways Maintenance efforts. The trail was brought up to the Houston Parks Board’s 10-foot wide concrete standard. Following the completion of the project, amenities such as benches, trash cans and recycling bins were added along the new trail.
Sims Bayou Greenway from Hillcroft to Heatherbrook
On June 8, 2017, Houston Parks Board – along with Mayor Turner, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and others – celebrated the opening of a new 1.8-mile hike-and-bike trail which extends from Heatherbrook Drive to Hillcroft Avenue, creating new greenspace and linear parkland for the surrounding communities. In addition to the new trail, additional improvements included: a trailhead at a scenic Harris County Flood Control District detention basin within Blue Ridge County Park; 1,000 new tree plantings from Trees for Houston along the trail portion within the county park; native wildflowers; benches; and trash cans and recycling bins.
Sims Bayou Greenway from Stuart Park to Reveille
In May 2019, US Army Corps of Engineers completed construction on a new 0.65-mile segment of Sims Bayou Greenway. The 10-foot wide concrete hike-and-bike trail begins at Robert C. Stuart Park, a nature preserve, and continues along Sims Bayou until just east of Reveille Street. As part of this project, a trail connection into Stuart Park was included.
Sims Bayou Greenway from Heatherbrook to Buffalo Speedway
On June 8, 2019, the Houston Parks Board hosted a grand opening of a new 2.6-mile segment of Sims Bayou Greenway starting at Heatherbrook Drive extending east to Buffalo Speedway along the north side of the bayou. Features along this greenway include connections into adjacent neighborhoods, directional and educational signage, trash and recycling bins, benches, ornamental design features, landscaping and more.
Sims Bayou Greenway from Deeda Drive to Milby Park
In August 2019, Houston Parks Board completed construction and officially opened a new 2.5-mile segment of Sims Bayou Greenway. The 10 foot-wide concrete hike-and-bike trail begins at Deeda Drive, just east of I-45, continues alongside the Houston Botanic Garden property, connects into Glenbrook Park, and continues alongside Sims Bayou until it reaches Old Galveston Road. At Old Galveston Road, the trail continues north to Central Street where it ultimately connects to Milby Park. As part of this project, a new hike-and-bike bridge was built along with amenities such as directional signage, trash and recycling bins, benches and landscaping.
In May 2020, Houston Parks Board completed construction on a new trailhead along Sims Bayou Greenway at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Airport Boulevard. The new trailhead was built on land purchased by Houston Parks Board, and funding for design and construction was secured through a partnership with the Gulfgate Redevelopment Authority/TIRZ 8. Improvements to this green space and surrounding intersection include a small, concrete parking lot with solar lighting, seating areas, picnic tables, trash cans, recycling bins, signage, secondary trails within the green space, native plantings, and widened, paved, crosswalks on both sides of Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Construction is complete installing new amenities along Sims Bayou Greenway between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Scott Street.
Notable new features of this greenway include: planting native trees and establishing prairie zones; additional seating areas with benches; trash cans and recycling containers; and directional signage.
Construction is almost complete on a new 10-foot-wide hike-and-bike trail along Sims Bayou from east of Reveille Street to Reveille Park. A trail connection to Reveille Street/Westover Street, Telephone Road and Bellfort Avenue are included in this project. The funding partner for this project is the Gulfgate Redevelopment Authority/TIRZ 8.
Construction is also complete on a new 10-foot wide hike-and-bike trail along Sims Bayou from Glenbrook Park to I-45.
This new greenway will pick up where the existing Sims Bayou Greenway leaves off, at Glenbrook Park, and head west along the bayou's south side, adjacent to the Houston Botanic Garden. The greenway will head north across the bayou using a former golf cart bridge HPB refurbished and continue along the north side of the bayou to connect into a new trailhead at River Drive and the I-45 feeder road.
Included in the trailhead will be a 6-foot wide loop walking trail, small parking lot with ADA-accessible parking space, seating, signage, trash cans, recycling bins, and new native trees and plants.
After exiting the trailhead, the greenway will cross under I-45 and connect into an existing greenway that ends near Reveille Park.
Construction is expected to be complete by mid-April 2022.
Construction began in October 2020 on the longest segment of Sims Bayou Greenway from Buffalo Speedway to Scott Street, which is nearly six new miles of linear hike-and-bike trails.
Notable new features of the Sims Bayou Greenway between Scott Street and Buffalo Speedway include neighborhood connections at Fairland Drive, Brisbane Street, Kirby Drive, West Orem Drive, and Buffalo Speedway, as well as trail connections into Margaret Jenkins Park, Houston Sports Park and Townwood Park.
Improvements to Margaret Jenkins Park include a landscaped connection into the park's walking trail and signage and a new hike-and-bike pedestrian bridge connecting the Sugar Hill Neighborhood west of Margaret Jenkins Park with the park.
Improvements to Townwood Park include landscaped connections from the parking lot and the park's walking trails to the Sims Bayou Greenway, seating, planting and signage.
PLANNING AND DESIGN
Houston Parks Board is beginning the design of a new 10-foot wide hike-and-bike trail from Martin Luther King Boulevard to FM Law Park.
Design for a new 10-foot wide concrete trail is currently in permitting and will replace the older asphalt trail between I-45 and Reveille Park. The project will include connections to Broadway Street, Erie Street, Dover Avenue and Reveille Park. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021 and is part of Houston Parks Board's Bayou Greenways Conservation and Maintenance Program.