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Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s (BBP) geographic focus is the 10-square mile stretch of the bayou that flows from Shepherd Drive, through the heart of downtown into the East End, and onto the Port of Houston Turning Basin. Thanks to the generous support of foundations, corporations, individuals and government agencies, BBP has implemented more than $200 million in improvements for the redevelopment and stewardship of the waterfront – spearheading award-winning capital projects, protecting land for future parks and green space, constructing hike and bike trails, and operating comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs. In 2015, BBP completed the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park project. This 160-acre greenspace lies west of downtown Houston and includes beautiful gardens and native landscaping; hike and bike trails; paddle craft and bike rentals; the go-to dog park in the city; public art; a creative nature play area; two visitor centers; and gathering places for visitors to picnic, relax and enjoy outdoor activities. Buffalo Bayou Partnership maintains and operates 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 activates the waterway through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; volunteer activitiespermanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and programs that engage tens of thousands of visitors each year. 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

2019 Board of Directors

Officers

Jeff Taylor, Chair Ralph Abendshein, Vice Chair Shawn W. Cloonan, Treasurer Kellie R. Jenks, Secretary

Board

  • Murad Ajani
  • Bonner S. Ball
  • Ronald Blankenship
  • Jonathan H. Brinsden
  • Harvey Clemons, Jr.
  • Roberto Contreras
  • Richard P. Dawson
  • Carolyn W. Dorros
  • Gaynell Floyd Drexler
  • Michael D. Fertitta
  • Cristina Garcia Gamboa
  • Stacey Gillman
  • Guy Hagstette
  • Samir Khushalani
  • Lisa Marshall
  • Erin Mincberg
  • Ginni Mithoff
  • Sara-Ashley Moreno
  • Judy Nyquist
  • David Ott, Jr.
  • Alison Porter
  • Winifred Riser
  • Shannon B. Sasser
  • Carson Trapnell Seeligson
  • Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP
  • Karl S. Stern
  • Saul Valentin
  • Anne Whitlock
  • Geraldina Wise
  • Renee Wizig-Barrios
  • Gloria Medina Zenteno

Chairs Emeritus

  • Toni Beauchamp*
  • Chuck Carlberg
  • Brady F. Carruth
  • Collin J. Cox
  • Thomas Fish
  • 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 Lina Hidalgo, Harris County
  • Brenda Bazan, Houston First
  • Margaret Wallace Brown, City of Houston Planning and Development Department
  • Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Harris County Precinct One
  • Erik Eriksson, Port Houston
  • Robert M. Eury, Central Houston, Inc.
  • Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Harris County Precinct Two
  • Pat Henry, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Dr. Juan Sanchez Munoz, University of Houston Downtown
  • F. Xavier Peña, Downtown Redevelopment Authority
  • Russell A. Poppe, Harris County Flood Control District
  • Commissioner Steve Radack, Harris County Precinct Three
  • Nancy Sauer, Magnolia Cemetery Corporation
  • Steve Wright, Houston Parks & Recreation Department

  *deceased

Contact Us

info@buffalobayou.org

Office: 713.752.0314

Buffalo Bayou Partnership Administrative Office and Mailing Address

1019 Commerce Street, Suite 200 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

Lost and Found

Found items can be turned into the Buffalo Bayou Park Lost and Found which is located at the visitor center at The Water Works (105 Sabine Street). Please call 713.752.0314 ext. 301 for all lost item inquiries.

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