Buffalo Bayou Park Update - May 27, 2015


The park experiences flooding; but no major damage expected

Public grand opening celebration rescheduled to Fall

Buffalo Bayou Park (between Shepherd Drive and Sabine Street) experienced heavy flooding on Tuesday, May 26. Buffalo Bayou Partnership is evaluating the situation as the water recedes; however, the preliminary assessment is that the park did not experience major damage.
The Johnny Steele Dog Park is closed until we have the opportunity to clear storm debris and return the environment to a fun place for dogs and owners.
Park amenities such as benches, trash receptacles, lighting, etc. were designed to withstand severe storm water events and the expectation is that much of the cleanup will involve mud and sediment removal along the trails, and trash removal throughout the park. Maintenance teams will work as quickly and safely as possible on the cleanup.

The rainfall over the last several weeks and months has hindered the progress of construction of major destinations – Lost Lake and The Water Works – in Buffalo Bayou Park. Therefore, the June 20 public celebration has been rescheduled to the fall. The exact date will be announced in the near future.

Stay tuned for updates about other Buffalo Bayou Partnership projects.

Please note the volunteer opportunity previously announced is proceeding. Details are below.

Confluence: A Journey in Five Movements 
Date: Saturday, May 30 through Friday, June 12
Location: 2219 Canal Street, Houston, TX  77003 (map)

The illuminated procession, Confluence: A Journey in Five Movements, which will be part of Buffalo Bayou Park’s fall grand opening celebration, will be created over the course of 12 days. The free, creative building sessions will be led by artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop. Participants will learn techniques for constructing large-scale lightweight illuminated structures. Drawing from a menu of images and themes first developed in community story-sessions, participants will add their own visions to the collective Buffalo Bayou story as a roving installation of giant lanterns. Sign up for a workshop.


Buffalo Bayou Partnership has a very successful volunteer program that aids with park maintenance throughout the year. After major rain events, getting the trails and grounds back in working condition is a top priority - the more hands, the better. If you would like to get involved in any of our volunteer efforts, please feel free to contact Crystal Ortiz, Volunteer Supervisor, at Also check BBP's Facebook page for posted opportunities.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource.

Trudi Smith
Director of PR and Events
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
713.752.0314 ext. 103
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