The last year brought some significant milestones for
Buffalo Bayou and the organization charged with maintaining the waterway and
its surrounding land.
As it celebrates its 25th year, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership says a lot is being accomplished to benefit the bayou on which the city was founded.
In the last year, the partnership began the first phase of construction on the $55 million Buffalo Bayou Park project which stretches from Sabine St. to Shepherd. That effort was aided largely by a $30 million grant from the Kinder Foundation. The nonprofit also secured funding to restore the historic building at Allen's Landing and launched design on $10 million in new hike and bike trails from Downtown to the East End.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership also:
- Acquired 22 acres of green space through an innovative partnership with the Houston Parks & Recreation Department
- Removed nearly 2,000 cubic yards of trash and debris from the bayou's water
- Engaged more than 2,000 volunteers in bayou restoration activities
- Attracted over 15,000 Houstonians and visitors to the banks of Buffalo Bayou by sponsoring the annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta, KBR Kids Day, Bayou Bash, kayak and pontoon boat tours, and numerous music and film events, in addition to thousands of recreational users
The Partnership is now 10 years into its master plan dubbed Buffalo Bayou and Beyond. The group is seeking new donations to continue its work along this important waterway.