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Founded in 1986 by Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s (BBP) geographic focus is the 10-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. Over the organization’s 30-year history, the BBP board and staff have raised and leveraged more than $150 million in private and public funds for the bayou’s redevelopment and stewardship—spearheading award-winning projects such as Sabine Promenade and Sesquicentennial Park, protecting land for future parks, constructing hike and bike trails, and operating comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs. BBP recently completed the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project that includes major destinations, natural landscaping, footpaths, trail lighting, water features and pedestrian bridges. Buffalo Bayou Partnership is maintaining and operating Buffalo Bayou Park, with annual funding provided by the Downtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ #3).

Watch Buffalo Bayou Park: Where Houston Begins, a TV special produced by KHOU 11.

Watch Buffalo Bayou Park: Where Houston Begins, a TV special produced by KHOU 11.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership also seeks ways to activate Buffalo Bayou through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; volunteer activities; permanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and events that attract thousands.

Buffalo Bayou officially starts just west of Katy, Texas and flows approximately 53 miles east through the Port of Houston and Houston Ship Channel into Galveston Bay and onto the Gulf of Mexico. Ever since the Allen Brothers founded Houston in 1836, Buffalo Bayou has played a critical role in the evolution of the city. In addition, it has served as a major artery in the network of waterways flowing from west to east into Galveston Bay. To learn more about the rich history of Buffalo Bayou, visit Louis Aulbach and Linda Gorski’s website, Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginnings or read Marguerite Johnston’s Houston: The Unknown City, 1836–1946.

Staff

2016 Board of Directors

Officers

  • Collin J. Cox, Chair
  • Thomas Fish, Vice Chair
  • Ellyn Wulfe, Vice Chair
  • Bas Solleveld, Treasurer
  • Clayton Erikson, Secretary

Board

  • Ralph Brown Abendshein
  • Nory Angel
  • Richard M. Blades
  • C. Ronald Blankenship
  • Jack Blanton, Jr.
  • Jonathan H. Brinsden
  • Christina A. Bryan
  • Christina Cabral
  • Paul Cannings, Jr.
  • Estela M.S. Cockrell
  • Kelty Ewing Crain
  • Carolyn W. Dorros
  • Bolivar M. Fraga
  • Cristina Garcia Gamboa
  • Daniel M. Gilbane
  • J. David Heaney
  • Lynn M. Herbert
  • Kellie R. Jenks
  • Samir Khushalani
  • Sherman L. Lewis III
  • Ginni Mithoff
  • John Mooz
  • Roxann Neumann
  • Judy Nyquist
  • David Ott, Jr.
  • Charles R. Parker
  • Daron Peschel
  • Alison Porter
  • Carleton Riser
  • Karl S. Stern
  • Judy Tate
  • Claire Cormier Thielke
  • Saul Valentin
  • Anne Whitlock
  • Stacey Gillman Wimbish
  • Geraldina Interiano Wise
  • Robert P. Wright

Chairs Emeritus

  • Toni Beauchamp*
  • Chuck Carlberg
  • Brady F. Carruth
  • Mike Garver
  • Dennis Greer
  • Artie Lee Hinds
  • Sis Johnson
  • Susan Keeton
  • Dr. Manuel Pacheco
  • Bob Phillips
  • F. Max Schuette
  • Raymond Snokhous
  • Georgia Wilson

 

Ex-Officio

  • Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston
  • Judge Ed Emmett, Harris County
  • David Bradley, University of Houston, Downtown
  • Margaret Wallace Brown, City of Houston Planning and Development Department
  • Erik Eriksson, Port of Houston Authority
  • Robert M. Eury, Central Houston, Inc.
  • Tom Gall, White Oak Bayou Association
  • Pat Henry, Texas Department of Transportation
  • F. Xavier Peña, Downtown Redevelopment Authority
  • Commissioner El Franco Lee*, Harris County Precinct One
  • Commissioner Jack Morman, Harris County Precinct Two
  • Commissioner Steve Radack, Harris County Precinct Three
  • Nancy Sauer, Magnolia Cemetery Corporation
  • Michael D. Talbott, P.E., Harris County Flood Control District
  • Joe Turner, Houston Parks & Recreation Department
  • Dawn Ullrich, Houston First Corporation
  • Travis Buchanan, Bayou Buddies Steering Committee
  • Christin Dietze, Bayou Buddies Steering Committee

 

*deceased

Contact Us

info@buffalobayou.org
Office: 713.752.0314

Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Administrative Office and Mailing Address
1113 Vine Street, Suite 215
Houston, TX 77002
Fax: 713.223.3500

Buffalo Bayou Park

Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works
105 Sabine Street
Houston, TX 77007

Lost Lake Visitor Center
3422 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019

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