As Houston continues to grow, our mission to create, improve, protect, and advocate for parks for everyone is as important as ever. Our work creates a healthier, more equitable, and more resilient Houston.
We are hard at work creating a holistic, interconnected park system that is better equipped to handle future weather events, connect neighborhoods to one another, and connect people and nature in extraordinary ways. Creating a stronger region includes improving neighborhood parks, expanding greenways, and transforming and maintaining greenspaces that merit special investments and attention.
OUR VITAL UNDERLYING COMMITMENT TO EQUITY IS AT THE CENTER OF ALL WE DO, DRIVING OUR MISSION AND INSPIRING OUR VISION FOR EVERY PERSON IN OUR CITY TO LIVE CLOSE TO PARKS AND TRAILS.
Every community deserves the opportunity to thrive, and the 50/50 Park Partners initiative is a key part of our neighborhood work. Focusing investments strategically in neighborhoods that have not historically had equitable access to high quality greenspaces fosters a sustainable, region-wide impact. We are proud that 23 upgraded parks will be open across the city in 2023.
Culminating in almost half a century of park work, we are delivering on the promise of Bayou Greenways. Thanks to the $50 million catalyst commitment from Kinder Foundation in 2012 and $100 million in bond funding from City of Houston, Houston Parks Board was able to raise and invest over $225 million in green infrastructure projects, parks, trails, and greenspace over the past decade. It is not only transforming our city, it is also providing the vital foundation for the next chapter that will build on the incredible Bayou Greenways framework of interconnected parks and trails across the Houston region.
As we continue our work through Beyond the Bayous and reaffirm our commitment to equity, doubling down on the investments already made and in progress, we are inspired and encouraged by the fact that in addition to benefiting people as individuals, we are drawing on the best regional conservation practices and preservation techniques. This helps us fulfill our goal of being the best steward of our region’s habitats and supporting vital ecosystems for native wildlife.
WE STRIVE TO CREATE A SPACE FOR EVERYONE IN A COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE AND BELONG.
With the support of our public and private partners, friends and colleagues, as well as commitments from our generous donors, we are making Houston a better place, together. Thank you for your partnership and collaboration as we create, improve, protect, and advocate for parks for everyone.
Chairman of the Board
President & CEO