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Founded in 1986 by Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s geographic focus is the 10-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. Over the organization’s 28-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 a comprehensive clean-up program.

Currently, BBP is leading the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project that includes major destinations, natural landscaping, footpaths, trail lighting, water features and pedestrian bridges. Construction is well underway, and the entire park will be complete in early summer 2015.

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.


2015 Board of Directors


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


  • Ralph Brown Abendshein
  • Nory Angel
  • Richard M. Blades
  • C. Ronald Blankenship
  • Jack Blanton, Jr.
  • Jonathan H. Brinsden
  • Christina Cabral
  • Paul Cannings, Jr.
  • Estela M.S. Cockrell
  • Kelty Ewing Crain
  • Bolivar M. Fraga
  • Cristina Garcia Gamboa
  • Daniel M. Gilbane
  • J. David Heaney
  • Lynn M. Herbert
  • Jerry Higdon
  • Kellie R. Jenks
  • Sherman L. Lewis III
  • Ginni Mithoff
  • John Mooz
  • Roxann Neumann
  • Judy Nyquist
  • David Ott, Jr.
  • Charles R. Parker
  • Adrian Patterson
  • Daron Peschel
  • Alison Porter
  • Jeremy L. Radcliffe
  • Carleton Riser
  • Shannon B. Sasser
  • Karl S. Stern
  • Judy Tate
  • Jeff Taylor
  • Claire Cormier Thielke
  • Saul Valentin
  • Geraldina Interiano Wise
  • Margaret Wolfe
  • 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



  • Mayor Annise D. Parker, 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
  • Commissioner El Franco Lee, Harris County Precinct One
  • Commissioner Jack Morman, Harris County Precinct Two
  • F. Xavier Pena, Downtown Redevelopment Authority/TIRZ #3
  • Commissioner Steve Radack, Harris County Precinct Three
  • Nancy Sauer, Magnolia Cemetery Corporation
  • Kevin Shanley, Bayou Preservation Association
  • Arthur L. Storey, Jr., P.E., Harris County Public Infrastructure Department
  • Michael D. Talbott, P.E., Harris County Flood Control District
  • Joe Turner, Houston Parks & Recreation Department
  • Dawn Ullrich, Houston First Corporation
  • Kim & Chris White, Bayou Buddies Steering Committee

Contact Us
Office: 713.752.0314
Fax: 713.223.3500

1113 Vine Street, Suite 215
Houston, TX 77002