America’s fourth largest city is built on an ancient river network that flooded catastrophically after Hurricane Harvey. With 400,000 homes in the watershed, achieving resilience is the Texan boom town’s greatest challenge.
Houston’s most significant natural resource, Buffalo Bayou, is increasingly accessible to locals and visitors alike, thanks to the efforts of Buffalo Bayou Partnership and funding from numerous public and private entities.
With a focus on revitalizing a 10-mile stretch of the bayou over the past 30 years, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) has already transformed sections of the bayou and its banks to create parks, trails, and bridges. Most recently, BBP renovated the 160-acre green space called Buffalo Bayou Park. The park features trails, a nature play area, dog park, performance pavilions, a cafe, and two visitor centers, which offer boat and bike rentals. Planning has begun for BBP’s next big project, the equitable development of Buffalo Bayou’s eastern sector. BBP is working with local partners to revitalize neighborhoods in the area, while celebrating their rich cultural and industrial heritage.
|Infrastructure Type||Waterfront / Waterway|
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
|Size||6400 acres, 10 miles|
|Design Team||SWA, Page, Herves Descottes, Reed Hilderbrand, Lake/Flato|
Managed and operated by Buffalo Bayou Partnership in partnership with the City of Houston, Harris County, and Harris County Flood Control District
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In the weeks since Hurricane Harvey, hundreds of volunteers have worked to fully reopen Buffalo Bayou Park, which accumulated over 70,000 cubic yards of silt during the storm.
As Houston recovers from Hurricane Harvey, Buffalo Bayou Park and Bayou Greenways 2020 are prime examples of what public-private partnerships can accomplish.