"The bayou city of Houston is in store for one of the largest parks projects in the nation. As of now, the major bayous are disconnected from one another and leave many communities without access to green space. Houston has 75 miles of trails along the major bayous but has the potential to expand the trails to 150 miles in the city, connecting 77 parks with linear greenways along the banks of its bayous. Nearly 60 percent of all Houstonians would live within 1.5 miles of one of these parks or trails.
Last fall, Houston voted on a bond initiative to approve funding to move forward with this project. The $166 million bond passed with more than 68 percent of the vote. More than 2,500 petitions have been collected in support of uniting Houston’s 7 major bayous with parks and trails.
The project was first conceived around 100 years ago and is now known as Bayou Greenways 2020. It is a public/private partnership where the city and area non-profits like the Houston Parks Board will complete the project in 7 years. Bayou Greenways 2020 will not only increase the areas available to Houstonians for recreation but will also create a greener alternative for transportation. If the project is going to move forward, however, City Council must remain committed to allocating funds for the greenways.
This spring, Houston Parks Board is bringing together community members, students, businesses, organizations, and other groups to get involved and speak up about what this project means to them. We’ve already organized multiple bayou bike tours, collected over 3,400 petitions, and we’re just getting started. If you’re in the area and want to get involved, or would like more information about the project, check out our website, www.houstonparksboard.org, for more information. We can get these trails built here in Houston, but only with your help."
For more detailed information about the project visit: http://www.houstonparksboard.org/projects/documents/CromptonFinalDraftdated8-25-11.pdf