Buffalo Bayou Improvements: Pedestrian Bridges & Strolling, Happy People

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Illustrations via Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Your proposed new, improved Buffalo Bayou
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is ready to present the next phase of plans for improvement plans along the waterway, plans that include pedestrian bridges and pavilions.

Trudi Smith of the organization tells Hair Balls the latest series of architect's renderings is based on suggestions from last year's series of public hearings and are not intended to be final.

We're getting closer to the final design stages, but there are still intended to be preliminary drawings," she says.

The renovations include $5 million in flood-control work and a proposed $50 million in park construction.

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Much of the work will be financed through private donations.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership's privately-funded work will include natural landscaping, footpaths, (in addition to hike and bike trails), trail lighting, special destinations, water features, pedestrian bridges, public art and amenities.

As a first step in the overall enhancements described above, Buffalo Bayou Partnership is currently upgrading five Buffalo Bayou Sandy Reed Memorial Trail segments prior to major reconstruction of the entire trail in fall 2011. The overall trail reconstruction project is being overseen by the City of Houston and Texas Department of Transportation. The comprehensive park enhancements are slated for completion in mid-2015.

Feel free to put in your two cents on the plan at these two meetings:

Monday, October 17
6-8 p.m.
DePelchin Children's Center
4950 Memorial Drive | Houston, Texas 77007

Thursday, October 20
6-8 p.m.
DePelchin Children's Center
4950 Memorial Drive | Houston, Texas 77007

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Spacecity2010
Spacecity2010

Bayou upcoming improvements are going to be another treasure for the city and region . These upgrades to Buffalo Bayou (and future improvements) will result in a bayou park that rivals New York's Central Park, and far surpasses anything in Texas, including the River Walk in San Antonio.

Houston Patriot
Houston Patriot

 I hope, unlike Memorial Park, I see more Beaners such as myself there.

Bill
Bill

What a beautiful blue stream in which to let my dog swim in.  How do they get the water so blue?  That is a dog swimming, right, and not a bear? And why is that pink pterodactyl flying above its head, trying to eat it or save it?  This picture frightens and confuses me.  Don't want.

Bowiehouston
Bowiehouston

The organization is really good at producing pretty pictures and grand concepts -- but not so good on followthrough.  Take a look at the run-down building at Main and Commerce next to Allen's Landing.  BBP announced a project years ago to fix this place up.  Lots of talk, but no money to back it up...

Northsider
Northsider

That is the problem when you rely on private funding to complete public enhancements, you are at the mercy of the money flow.  The complete Buffalo Bayou master plan has the potential to be a real quality of life enhancement to this city, which I would think would help draw more residents to and benefit those who already use the park, but unless there is more public money thrown at it we are likely going to see a totally stripped down version, or not much movement at all for years.  Cause you know how Houstonians hate the government wasting tax dollars, especially on anything pretty or holistically beneficial.

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