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April 2021

Dear Friends:

On April 22, countries around the world will celebrate Earth Day. “Restore our Earth,” this year’s theme, is something BBP is devoted to each and every day. In this newsletter issue, we highlight several projects and initiatives that are making our planet a better place to be. Whether it’s Clean & Green, an on-water cleanup program; the planting of thousands of trees; or parks we have developed incorporating natural infrastructure, BBP is committed to protecting our natural world.

There are other April dates we hope you will mark on your calendar. Take a stress-reduction break with meditation and yoga activities or attend BBP member events. Throughout the month, you can experience the immersive and other-worldly Time No Longer installation in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, catch the closing days of artist Carmen Herrera’s Estructuras Monumentales, or get a glimpse of Confluence, a mural artwork that is being painted in downtown.

Regardless of the day, Buffalo Bayou’s trails and parks are always open for recreation, relaxation, and quiet contemplation. We hope you will take time to visit the waterway and experience all that it has to offer.  

We look forward to seeing you out on the bayou soon.
Regards,


Anne Olson
President, Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day

“Restore our Earth” is the theme for Earth Day 2021. On this day, more than one billion people around the world will engage in activities that display their commitment to the environment. BBP’s dedication is exemplified in our mission to revitalize and transform Buffalo Bayou, which is furthered by many of our programs and initiatives. We invite you to join us in keeping our waterways healthy and clean.

Clean & Green

Did you know that five days a week, BBP’s Field Operations staff directs and works alongside land-based crews of community service workers that collect litter and debris from the banks of the waterway? Part of the clean-up operation (the Clean & Green team) is the custom-built Bio-Vac, an industrial-strength vessel that vacuums floatable trash from Buffalo Bayou.

However, cleaning up the trash isn't the solution. Help our Clean & Green team (and the planet) by doing your part: Reduce your use of single-use plastics, avoid littering, and pick up trash when you see it before it reaches our waterways.
Watch the Bio-Vac in Action

Trees Help Houston Breathe Better

Beyond improving our physical and mental well-being, natural landscapes positively impact our ecosystem. Things like erosion control, air and water quality enhancement, flood and hurricane protection, and carbon capture are all made better by the presence of trees.
 
Last year, the non-profit Houston Wilderness worked with Buffalo Bayou Partnership to analyze the environmental benefits in Buffalo Bayou Park. Our findings over a 10-year period, from 2010 to 2020, are incredible. The park’s native trees have:
  • Stored approximately 832,000 pounds of carbon sequestration (CO2), resulting in improved air quality, urban heat island effects, and greenhouse gas reduction.
  • Absorbed approximately 3,700,000 gallons of water in the tree canopies and through stormwater runoff.
  • Helped reduce 2,300 pounds of air pollutants each year.

BBP’s Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan Receives H-GAC Award

BBP’s Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan was recently recognized with the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s award for Best Planning Process: Parks and Natural Areas. The Master Plan, which is the result of more than two years of meeting with area residents, will transform the area of Buffalo Bayou stretching from US 59 to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. In addition to extending the western network of parks, trails, and open space, the plan connects the historic Fifth Ward and Greater East End neighborhoods to the bayou and to each other. Click here for more information.

Confluence and Young Professionals Virtual Trivia Night

BBP has joined forces with Houston Parks Board to host Confluence, a new public artwork at the connection point between Buffalo and White Oak bayous. The mural, created by artist Jane Kim, showcases the birds that call Houston’s bayous home.

To celebrate Confluence, join The Currents (the young professionals of BBP), and other participating organizations for an evening of virtual trivia celebrating the new mural. Join The Currents today to learn more and to register.
Become a Member of The Currents
Confluence is commissioned by Houston Parks Board and hosted in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Last Chance: Carmen Herrera's Estructuras Monumentales

The exhibition of Carmen Herrera’s spectacular sculptures in Buffalo Bayou Park is ending soon. Be sure to visit Estructuras Monumentales by Sunday, April 25, to enjoy them before they go, or watch a virtual dance tribute commemorating the exhibition – details below.
Line x Light x Color: A Virtual Dance Performance by Laura Gutierrez
(in conjunction with Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales
Saturday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a virtual viewing of Line x Light x Color, a site-specific dance performance by choreographer Laura Gutierrez created in response to the exhibition, Carmen Herrera’s Estructuras Monumentales. Gutierrez’s 30-minute piece will highlight the body’s relationship to space and architecture. Register through Zoom here to receive the link to join. Programming for Estructuras Monumentales is supported by the Nyquist Family.
Learn More and Register
Want to experience this performance in-person? Become a BBP Member for exclusive access to this performance and other events.

Friday, April 23rd is National Picnic Day

Celebrate National Picnic Day at Buffalo Bayou Park on Friday, April 23! Purchase a meal from a participating restaurant, buy a blanket or tote bag online or at The Water Works Visitor Center, and find the perfect place in the park to enjoy yourself. Participating restaurants who will donate a portion of their proceeds to BBP include The Blind Goat, BOH Pasta & Pizza, Franks Americana Revival, The Grove, La Lucha, Loch Bar, Ouisie’s, Ouzo Bay, Picnic on the Green, Pondicheri, Postino (Heights and Montrose), and Xin Chao. For more information about how you can enjoy National Picnic Day, follow us on social media and stay tuned.

Kendra Scott Gives Back to BBP on Earth Day

Shop at Kendra Scott online, from April 22 – 23, or in-store on Thursday, April 22, at the Highland Village location (from 3 – 5 p.m.) or the CityCentre location (from 5 - 7 p.m.), and 20% of your purchase will benefit BBP. Use code GIVEBACK-1D8Z at kendrascott.com or mention it at checkout in-store.

Sunrise Yoga at Buffalo Bayou

Flow into the weekend with Sunrise Yoga starting this Friday, April 9! We’re partnering with The Breathing Room for a series of 45-minute early morning yoga sessions that will take place on the lawn at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park every 2nd and 4th Friday through September. With a spectacular view of downtown, Houston’s most iconic green space is a unique and uplifting backdrop for yogis of all levels and ages. 

Cost: Suggested $10 donation to BBP (No cash. Text BAYOUYOGA to 41444 to make a donation.)
Learn More and Register
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Photo credit: Anthony Rathbun Photography, Paul Hester, Katya Horner/Slight Clutter Photography, Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, David Rivers
Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource.
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