Buffalo Bayou Park "In the Works" | November 2015

BBP Marks the Completion of Buffalo Bayou Park with Grand Opening Celebration

A special thanks to everyone who came out to the grand opening celebration of Buffalo Bayou Park on October 3. We hope you enjoyed exploring all the new spaces with family and friends. An extra thanks to the volunteers, performers and speakers who helped us showcase the park. Enjoy a slideshow of some of the day’s festivities.

Stop by Our New Visitor Centers at The Water Works and Lost Lake

We’re open! There are two visitor centers available to Buffalo Bayou Park users. What can you find? Friendly staff, trail maps, information on upcoming events, lost and found, and, very important, restroom facilities.
The new Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works, located on Sabine Street between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, serves as the primary gateway to the park. The facility features restrooms, staffed information desk and a bike rental facility operated by Bike Barn. Bike rental reservations can be made in-person or online.
The Lost Lake Visitor Center, along Allen Parkway at Dunlavy Street, offers restrooms; kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals from Bayou City Adventures; and houses the soon-to-open The Kitchen at The Dunlavy, a “grab and go” dining option, and The Dunlavy, a special event space – operated by Clark Cooper Concepts.
Lost something while out and about in the park? Our Visitor Services Assistants, Justin and Desiree, may be able to help you if the item was found and returned to a visitor center. Stop by during normal hours of operation from Thursday through Monday, 8 am to 5 pm, or call 713-752-0314 (Lost Lake at ext. 401 or Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works at ext. 301).

Special Thanks to SWA and Millis

Buffalo Bayou Park would not have been possible without our partners SWA and Millis Development and Construction (MDC). BBP would like to extend a huge thanks for a job well done on the park’s design and construction.
Scott McCready of SWA leads a bike tour in Buffalo Bayou Park.
It was natural for BBP to call upon landscape architecture firm SWA to collaborate on the design of Buffalo Bayou Park after leading the award-winning Sabine Promenade project completed in 2006. Special thanks goes to Kevin Shanley and Scott McCready for providing the knowledge and skills needed to make this park project a stunning success.
Jack Christison and Jason Millis of Millis.
Houston-based construction company Millis has been part of the enhancements made to Buffalo Bayou, including the Rosemont Bridge and several hike and bike trail segments. MDC’s construction team endured numerous “wet” challenges this year and worked tirelessly to complete the amenities enjoyed by park users today.

A Peek into the History of Buffalo Bayou Park and All It Has to Offer

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 exploring!  

Host Your Next Gathering at Buffalo Bayou Park

With 160 acres of beautiful scenery and downtown skyline views, Buffalo Bayou Park offers several rental opportunities for park visitors looking for a unique event space.
Reservations are required for the following at Buffalo Bayou Park:
  • Exclusive use of the sand volleyball court at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Make a reservation.
  • Exclusive use of a picnic pavilion. Make reservation for the Lost Lake Picnic Shelter or the Barbara Fish Daniel Picnic Pavilion.
  • Activities that require a permit (i.e. sales and promotions; exhibitions; amusement, recreational activities or sporting events where participation or admission fee is charged).
  • Activities and events that are publicly advertised.
  • Photography/filming for commercial purposes.
Questions about rental opportunities and reservations at Buffalo Bayou Park? Please contact Stephanie Kiouses, Visitor Services Supervisor.

Thank You!

Buffalo Bayou Partnership sincerely thanks the many generous donors and committed partners who joined together to make this significant civic milestone a reality. Engraving of donor plaques and installation of donor recognition opportunities is ongoing, and we will be sure to keep all of our donors updated on our progress. If you should have any questions in the meantime, or would like additional details, please contact Leigh McBurnett, Director of Development.

In This Issue

Through this e-newsletter, Buffalo Bayou Partnership has kept you updated on a bi-monthly basis as we implemented Buffalo Bayou Park improvements and transformed Houston's most significant natural resource into one of this country's great urban parks. Now that Buffalo Bayou Park is complete, this is the final "In the Works" e-newsletter. Keep up-to-date about park happenings through BBP's monthly "Currents" e-newsletter, website and social media.

Community Events

Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Unsilent Night
Thursday, December 10
6 - 8 pm

The Wave Holiday Lights Tours
December 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Let's Talk Safety

Whether you are on the hike and bike trails for exercise or for fun, please remember to be mindful of fellow trail users and follow these basic safety tips:
  • Stay to the right
  • Anticipate the actions of other users and know your limits
  • Keep pets on a short leash
Bikers (allowed on the Sandy Reed Memorial Trail only):
  • Announce “passing on left” and use bike bells when trying to get around someone
  • Look ahead and behind you before turning around on the trail
  • Pull over to the right or completely off the trail when stopping for any reason
  • ALWAYS wear a helmet
  • Watch speeds and keep a 3-foot distance from pedestrians
  • Headphones/ear buds are discouraged, but if you use, remove from one side so you are aware of the sounds around you
  • Don’t allow young children on trails without supervision
  • When in a group, stay in a single file line
  • Obey all traffic signals when crossing major intersections
  • Look both ways before crossing or merging with another trail

Buffalo Bayou Park: Where Houston Begins TV Special

Check out KHOU Channel 11’s Buffalo Bayou Park: Where Houston Begins to learn why this park project is so significant to the city. The 30-minute special will re-air on Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 pm.
Make a Donation to Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Buffalo Bayou Park is a collaboration of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the City of Houston through Houston Parks & Recreation Department and Harris County Flood Control District. Over the 30-year life of the project, Downtown TIRZ #3 will contribute $2 million per year for the park's maintenance and operations. The Kinder Foundation committed a $30 million gift. Buffalo Bayou Partnership raised $23.5 million to complete the project.
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