Great news for all Houstonians! The Houston Parks Board recently announced that the new Bayou Greenways Park is now open!
The new park is located at the intersection of White Oak Bayou Greenway and the Heights Hike and Bike Trail. The park is named after the transformative BayouGreenways2020 initiative, this park celebrates the century-old vision of linear parks along Houston’s bayous.
Houstonians are encouraged to explore all the new trails and parkland to celebrate what has been recognized as the single largest investment in park equity in Houston.
The Houston Parks Board thanked the Kinder Foundation, Hildebrand Foundation, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, and many others for helping turn this vision into a reality.
Features of the new Bayou Greenways Park in Houston
- Surrounded by wooded forest areas and sycamore trees
- Lawn with views of Houston Downtown
- Bike trails and racks
- Shaded seating areas
- Parking lot at 1648 Studemont Street
- Panels and medallions recognizing the donors of the Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative
- Poetry panels along the lawn
About Bayou Greenways 2020 Initiative
The Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative was launched to make Houston a healthier and happier city. The initiative is building 150 miles of trails to connect Houston’s major bayous with the help of community members, philanthropists, and public partners.
The Bayou Greenways will be within 1.5 miles of 1.5 million Houston residents.
History of The Bayou Greenways 2o20 Initiative
The City of Houston, Harris County, the Texas Department of Transportation, and TIRZs built 77 miles of path along the bayous in the beginning. By 2012, Houstonians had overwhelmingly endorsed Bayou Greenways 2020, a plan that would allocate $100 million to develop trails and parks across the city.
Since then, the Houston Parks Board has raised another $120 million thanks to the commitment, support, and skill of its business, civic, and philanthropic partners, including an unprecedented lead contribution of $50 million from the Kinder Foundation in 2013. The project is about linking Houstonians to upgraded, safe, and beautiful bayous across Brays, Buffalo, Greens, Halls, Hunting, Sims, White Oak, and the San Jacinto River’s West Fork.
The work of Bayou Greenways 2020 has always been an invitation to get closer. To be more connected to our friends, joy, our city, curiosity, our goals, and our health.
Our bayous are being transformed into Greenways by the Houston Parks Board and its project partners, connecting people to trails, parks, and communities.
If you are interested in biking, check out our article on the Best Biking Trails in Houston.
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