Our Vision

For more than 25 years, Buffalo Bayou Partnership has been actively pursuing plans and programs for a 10-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin.

Believing that the Millennium was the opportune time to dream and think BIG, Buffalo Bayou Partnership embarked on an historic planning effort with a nationally recognized consultant team led by Jane Thompson (Thompson Design Group-Boston), a leader in waterfront development throughout the world. Buffalo Bayou and Beyond, the organization’s visionary 20-year Master Plan, was issued in 2002 and calls for Buffalo Bayou to be a central, regional amenity. We are proud that our restoration and revitalization work has adhered to this plan’s overarching goals and planning concepts by balancing conservation and development and creating projects that serve multiple purposes—recreation, flood management and ecosystem restoration. Site-specific plans also have been completed for such areas as public art, lighting and conservation management.

In the Works

Directed by the Master Plan, Buffalo Bayou Partnership continues to raise and leverage private and public funds for the bayou's restoration and high profile capital projects. Some of the important projects that are "in the works" are:
  • Buffalo Bayou Park

    Currently underway is the ambitious $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project. Presented with a monumental opportunity to transform 160 acres of green space along Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd Drive and Sabine Street, a strong public-private partnership was formed.

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  • Sunset Coffee Building

    Allen's Landing, Houston's birthplace and first port, has been a focal point of BBP's revitalization efforts for over a decade. Central to these efforts is restoration of the 12,000-square-foot Sunset Coffee Building. Renovations are scheduled to be complete in spring 2015.

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  • Buffalo Bend Nature Park

    Located at the Port of Houston Turning Basin, the 10-acre Buffalo Bend Nature Park is becoming a beautiful and much needed trailhead.

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  • Hike and Bike Trails

    Key to Buffalo Bayou's restoration are the hike and bike trails that wind their way from Shepherd Drive through parts of Houston's East End.

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Ongoing Programs

In addition to projects that are “in the works,” Buffalo Bayou Partnership works to maintain and activate Buffalo Bayou.
  • Skimmer Boat / Clean & Green Programs

    BBP operates the Skimmer Boat Program and Clean & Green, two bayou clean-up initiatives that utilize specially-designed skimmer boats and community service workers to remove trash and debris from the waterway.

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  • Outreach and Events

    To activate and increase stewardship of Buffalo Bayou, Buffalo Bayou Partnership offers a wide-range of recreational, cultural and volunteer events. Temporary public art programming is also offered through creative partnerships. Be sure to check out all of BBP’s upcoming events!

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Accomplishments

  • Assumed maintenance and operation of Buffalo Bayou Park Phase I

    Sunset Coffee Building renovation begins at Allen’s Landing

  • Awarded Houston-Galveston Area Council Livable Centers Study Grant in partnership with Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation and Greater East End Management District

    Completed construction of Buffalo Bayou Park Phase I

    Launched Buffalo Bayou mobile application

    Set attendance and fundraising records at Buffalo Bayou Ball, Buffalo Bayou Regatta and Bayou Bash

    Houston First agreement for Sunset Coffee Building finalized

  • Buffalo Bayou Park construction begins

  • Additional Commerce Street land purchased for future flood management project

    Buffalo Bayou Park Master Plan completed

    Tri-Party agreement for Buffalo Bayou Park approved by Houston City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court

    Second Commerce Street land purchased for future flood management project

    Sandy Reed Memorial Trail reconstruction begins

  • Kinder Foundation awards catalyst $30 million gift for Buffalo Bayou Park—Shepherd to Sabine

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department grant awarded for Buffalo Bend Nature Park Phase II

    Allen’s Landing trail extension to Milam Street completed

    Tapley Tributary enhancements completed

    First Commerce Street land purchased for future flood management project

  • Buffalo Bend Nature Park Phase I completed

  • Clean & Green bayou clean-up program begins

  • Sabine Promenade completed

    Adopt-a-Spot program begins

    Inaugural Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou held

  • Pontoon tour boat operation begins

    “Best of Buffalo Bayou” tour series begins (bat tours, history tours, birding and kayak tours)

    Inaugural Buffalo Bayou Ball held

  • Land for Buffalo Bend Nature Park acquired

  • East End trail construction begins

    Bayou Buddies young professionals group founded

  • Buffalo Bayou and Beyond Master Plan completed

    Allen’s Landing Sunset Coffee Building acquired

    Skimmer Boat clean-up program begins

  • Land acquisition program begins

    Allen’s Landing Phase II completed

    Downtown Sesquicentennial Park to UH-Downtown trail completed

  • Sesquicentennial Park Phase II completed

  • Allen’s Landing Phase I completed

  • First Buffalo Bayou Partnership Executive Director hired

  • Sesquicentennial Park Phase I completed

  • Buffalo Bayou Partnership founded under Central Houston

Awards

  • America’s Great Public Spaces

    , American Planning Association

    Civic Vision Award

    , American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston

  • Civic Improvements Commendation

    , The Garden Club of America Zone IX

    Parks and Natural Areas Award

    , Houston-Galveston Area Council

  • Proud Partner Award

    , Keep Houston Beautiful

  • Award of Excellence in Design

    , American Society of Landscape Architects

    Founders’ Award

    , Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

  • Development of Distinction

    , Urban Land Institute-Houston

    Scenic Star Award

    , Scenic Houston

    Proud Partner Award

    , Keep Houston Beautiful

  • Award for Excellence: The America’s Finalist

    , Urban Land Institute

    Award of Excellence

    , American Society of Landscape Architects/Texas Chapter

    Landmark Award—Best Community Impact

    , Houston Business Journal

    Landmark Award—Public/Private Partnership

    , Houston Business Journal

    Synergy Award

    , The Park People

    Best Practice Award

    , Houston-Galveston Area Council

    Proud Partner Award

    , Keep Houston Beautiful

  • Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award

    , International Waterfront Center

    The Allen Award for Civic Enhancement

    , Central Houston, Inc.

    Quality of Life Visionary Award

    , Greater Houston Partnership

    Honor Award—Regional Best Practices for Parks and Natural Areas

    , Houston-Galveston Area Council

    Proud Partner Award

    , Keep Houston Beautiful

  • Proud Partner Award

    , Keep Houston Beautiful

  • Gulf Guardian Award

    , EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program

    Proud Partner Award

    , Keep Houston Beautiful

  • Analysis of Planning Merit Award

    , American Society of Landscape Architects

    Citation of Honor

    , Texas Society of Landscape Architects

    Citation of Honor

    , American Institute of Architects/Houston

    Synergy Award

    , Citizen’s Environmental Coalition

    Heart of the City Award

    , Downtown Houston Association (development of Buffalo Bayou as a signature downtown waterway)

  • Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award

    , International Waterfront Center

    Landmark Award—Quality of Life

    , Houston Business Journal

  • Highest Honor for Public Spaces

    , American Planning Association/Houston

    Proud Partner Award

    , Keep Houston Beautiful

    Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award

    , International Waterfront Center

  • Urban Design Award

    , American Institute of Architects/Houston