May 2016 Buffalo Bayou Currents

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Buffalo Bayou Partnership is excited to be part of the first ever Big Give Houston!
Big Give Houston is a city-wide, 24-hour online giving day that is happening todayTuesday, May 3. It's an easy and fun way for the entire Houston community to support local non-profits. BBP is one of 200 participating organizations collecting donations.
Please consider taking part in Big Give Houston by making a donation to Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Contributions of any size make a significant impact and will allow our organization to continue working on capital projects, programs and events to revitalize, activate and maintain Buffalo Bayou. Click below to be part of Big Give Houston and support BBP!
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May is National Bike Month!

Celebrate National Bike Month by taking part in a number of events planned by BikeHouston, including Bike to Work Days, Mid Main’s First Thursday, and more!

Don’t forget, you can also rent bicycles to ride along Buffalo Bayou from Bike Barn, located at the The Water Works at 105 Sabine Street.

Walking Tour and Flower Pressing

Flowers are nature’s showstoppers, but whose show are they trying to stop? Join us for a pre-Mother’s Day flower pressing event and learn more about why flowers are so very irresistible. Enjoy a brief walk before the flower pressing activity. Guests will receive a 9”x12” flower press and learn about the anatomy and function of flowers. We will provide magnifiers and black lights so you can see flowers the way insects see them, providing a completely different perspective.

Date: This Saturday, May 7
Time: 10 am to noon
Location: Meet at The Water Works entry court (105 Sabine Street)
Cost: $10 per person
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Houston Dragon Boat Festival

Join the Texas Dragon Boat Association to celebrate Asian culture with food trucks, art cars, cultural performances, and all-day dragon boat races along Buffalo Bayou on Saturday, May 7. Then on Sunday, May 8, check out the first stop of the Texas Paddle Racing Series and first SUP race on Buffalo Bayou! Learn more.

Upcoming Events

Blanket Bingo

Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 6-9 pm; sales begin at 6 pm; games begin at 7 pm
Location: Market Square Park (corner of Preston and Travis streets)

Join BBP and the Downtown District for Blanket Bingo! Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of fun, music and great prizes! $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Proceeds benefit BBP and Historic Market Square Park. Get there early as cards sell out quickly!

Follow Market Square Park for event updates!

Buffalo Bayou Park Walking Tour

Date: May 21
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Check-In Location: Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works (105 Sabine Street)
RSVPs are required; 25 person max

Enjoy a free, one-hour walking tour presented by BBP and Katy Prairie Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou – from Mastodons to Marathons. Led by Texas Master Naturalists, the tour will highlight how the landscape and ecology of 19th century Texas created Houston, as well as the importance of prairies in rebuilding this astonishing and all but vanished ecosystem.
If you would like to attend this walking tour, please RSVP to Sylvana Loc at or 713-752-0314 ext. 104.

On Mother’s Day (May 8) through the end of the month, step inside the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works to see and learn about some of the wildflowers growing in Buffalo Bayou Park.
Special thanks to all of our volunteers who helped with BBP's cleanup efforts after April's major rain event.

Monthly Volunteer Day

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Parking: City Lot H (1643 Memorial Drive)
Check-In Location: Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works (105 Sabine Street)

Buffalo Bayou Partnership relies on volunteers to help maintain Buffalo Bayou Park. Individuals and groups are invited to help keep the park green and growing! Bring your own gloves and BBP will provide any needed tools.

To sign up, please complete an online volunteer waiver with the event date 05/21/2016.

Have a larger group that wants to volunteer or need more information about our volunteer program? Contact Sarah McIntire at or 713-752-0314 ext. 303.
Sign Up to Volunteer!

Accolades for BBP

SWA Group and Anne Olson, BBP President, accept the HBJ Landmark Award for Community Impact.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership was the recipient of the following awards for Buffalo Bayou Park:
  • Houston Business Journal Landmark Awards: Community Impact
  • PaperCity Design Awards: Epic Award for Public Green Space
  • Trees For Houston Arbor Awards

Bayou Bash, a Smash Hit!

photo by Katya Horner/Slight Clutter Photography
Thanks for the support from our sponsors, silent auction donors, vendors and guests for making this year's Bayou Bash a huge hit! About 500 guests were treated to much needed sunshine and an afternoon of great food and live music atop The Brown Foundation Lawn at The Water Works. View photos of Bayou Bash.
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Ongoing Events

Poet-tree Project

Date: until May 8
Location: Eleanor Tinsley Park

Writers In The Schools (WITS) partnered with local artists and organizations to transform trees into “poet-trees” throughout downtown Houston for National Poetry Month. You have until May 8 to interact with the poet-trees along Allen Parkway at Eleanor Tinsley Park - simply read the community's creations or try your hand and write original lines of poetry!

Food Trucks at Buffalo Bayou Park

This month, check out the following food trucks making a stop at The Water Works entry court. Make sure to follow along @buffalobayou for the weekend line-up!

Carey's Frozen Delights
The Kebap Crew

Get Fit in the Park!

Shake up your workout routine with a drop-in session with FiTMiX at Eleanor Tinsley Park for Bilingual Yoga on Wednesdays at 9 am and Zumba at 5:30 pm. For pricing and more information, please visit FiTMiX.

Boat Tours

CANCELED: Second Saturday Boat Rides
Date: Saturday, May 14

Due to high water levels in Buffalo Bayou, BBP's Second Saturday Boat Rides have been canceled.
Waugh Bat Colony Boat Tour
Saturday, May 28
Time: Boat departs 30 minutes before sunset
Location: Sabine Promenade (150 Sabine St.)
Cost: $30
Private Charter
See Houston from a whole new angle on BBP’s pontoon boat, Spirit of the Bayou! Take a private charter for 21 guests for $500.

Street Closures

Please be aware that access to Buffalo Bayou Park may be affected due to the following events:

May 7: Halo House 5K
May 21: Aruna Run
May 28-June 7: FPSF

Buffalo Bayou Revealed

Get the download from Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse, Catherine Lu, and Tom Carter in Buffalo Bayou Revealed, a 12-part audio tour sharing facts about key destinations in the park, including The Water Works, Cistern, Johnny Steele Dog Park and more. Happy trails!

Ties for Dads & Grads!

Our Bayou Boutique has been restocked with BBP ties by Vineyard Vines, a perfect gift for an upcoming graduate in the Class of 2016 or your dad for this Father's Day. Ties are available in raspberry or light blue for $65 each.
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