West of Downtown

Buffalo Bayou Park

Currently underway is the ambitious $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project. Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Kinder Foundation, Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston are collaborating to transform 160 acres of green space along Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd Drive and Sabine Street. The entire project will be complete in summer 2015, although areas are being opened to the public as they are finished. Buffalo Bayou Park will include running, hiking and biking trails; paddle craft and bike rentals; the "go-to" dog park in the city; a nature play area; and gathering places for residents and visitors to enjoy outdoor activities as well as live artistic performances.
  • Houston Police Officers’ Memorial

    Jesús Bautista Moroles' Houston Police Officers' Memorial commemorates the 113 Houston Police Department officers whose lives were lost in the line of duty. The memorial and surrounding grounds are guarded 24 hours a day. more info
  • Eleanor Tinsley Park

    Named in honor of the late City Councilmember and civic activist, Eleanor Tinsley, the park is home to the city's annual Fourth of July celebration and other large-scale festivals and events. more info
  • Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

    The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark is a 30,000-square-foot in-ground facility overlooking Buffalo Bayou. The park is free and open to the public and has areas for skaters of all levels. more info
  • Johnny Steele Dog Park

    The Johnny Steele Dog Park features large and small dog ponds, shade structures, water play features, dog washing areas, benches and drinking fountains. more info

Sabine Promenade

The 23-acre waterfront park features hike and bike trails linking western trails in Buffalo Bayou Park with Sesquicentennial Park in downtown, lush landscaping, unique lighting, boat launch and a pedestrian bridge. Buffalo Bayou Partnership served as the construction manager for this $12 million project.

Sesquicentennial Park

Commemorating Houston’s 150th birthday in 1986, Sesquicentennial Park has become an urban oasis in the heart of Houston’s downtown Theater District.

Allen’s Landing

Allen’s Landing is an historic park that truly defines our city. It was here in 1836 that August Chapman and John Kirby Allen stepped ashore and claimed Houston as their own. This site also became Houston’s first port, a thriving commercial hub and a symbol of our city’s entrepreneurial spirit. Through Buffalo Bayou Partnership's efforts, Allen’s Landing is being transformed into an active and vibrant destination along downtown’s waterfront.

Neighboring Parks

After passing the Barker Reservoir near Beltway 8, Buffalo Bayou runs through the 500-acre Terry Hershey Park and through the Memorial area to the Houston Arboretum and Memorial Park, and the River Oaks area. Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s jurisdiction officially begins when Buffalo Bayou hits Shepherd Drive and stretches to the Turning Basin of the Port of Houston. Enjoy exploring and discovering the numerous parks located along this waterway.

Things to Do

  • Walk, jog and bike the trails (download the Buffalo Bayou Park Trail Guide)
  • Canoe and kayak on the bayou
  • Picnic on the banks
  • Hop aboard the Spirit of the Bayou for a private charter tour, bat tour or history tour!
  • Experience the sights and sounds of 250,000+ Mexican free-tailed bats at Waugh Drive Bridge
  • Catch a glimpse of the resident hawks and owls
  • Play frisbee, volleyball or disc golf
  • Take a self-guided public art walk and look for works by artists Henry Moore, Mel Chin, John Runnels and more
  • Catch-and-release fish from the bayou’s waters
  • Enjoy a docent-led walking tour through the prairie
  • Press the “secret” button located at Preston Street Bridge to see artist Dean Ruck’s “Big Bubble”
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