In mid-May, representatives from city-wide and nearby neighborhood groups toured Buffalo Bayou Park. Consultant Guy Hagstette and the Flood Control District’s Sandra Musgrove and Long Nguyen helped familiarize attendees with the District’s upcoming channel restoration and BBP’s park improvements.
The tour focused on park areas east of Taft where the majority of BBP’s construction will begin. Channel restoration work will begin in the Glenwood Cemetery and Police Memorial areas, and then focus immediately upstream and downstream. After completing these sites, the District with consultant AECOM, will work steadily upstream for the next30 months. For the most part, the District will focus on earthwork, removal of invasive vines, selected trees and new native plantings, with one unstable sharp bend north of Allen Parkway requiring heavy construction.
BBP will be building key links in the trail and footpath system in these same areas in addition to two new bridges over Buffalo Bayou: one providing access to the Police Memorial, and the other at Jackson Hill where it will tie to an existing pedestrian bridge over Memorial Drive.