Testimonial

April 10th, 2014 by

Many park users have expressed how much they enjoy the recent addition of the park’s latest pedestrian bridge – the Carruth Bridge – which allows visitors easy access to the Police Memorial.
“Until six months ago, I had not visited the Police Memorial area more than twice in my life. Now, I cross it every week. Crossing it slowly allows time to understand the quality of the place.” – Tom Bacon.

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Your Questions, Answered

April 10th, 2014 by

I was wondering if there will be a bridge to allow pedestrians to cross Allen Parkway to access the park at or around Taft Street. It is very dangerous to cross here, but for residents in this area like my wife and I, there is no other option.

- Chad, Park user via email

There is an existing bridge across Allen Parkway just west of Heiner and Sabine. New pedestrian bridges across this thoroughfare were considered during the Buffalo Bayou Park planning stages, but unfortunately, there is not a sufficient amount of land on the south side of Allen Parkway to construct bridges. The City of Houston, the agency responsible for the budget and operations for street improvements, is currently conducting an in-depth traffic analysis of Allen Parkway from downtown to Shepherd Drive. We look forward to sharing the City’s ideas for improved access as soon as they are available.

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Construction Milestones – Completion of Phase I

February 19th, 2014 by
A runner using one of many completed footpaths.

A runner using one of many completed footpaths.

Buffalo Bayou Park Phase I construction (landscaping and trail work) is complete with the exception of some of the lunar cycle lighting! As the project moves into 2014, this is a major milestone and it is exciting to see the park truly taking shape.

This phase (between Sabine Street and Rosemont Bridge on the north side of the bayou) is significant for two reasons: 1) Buffalo Bayou Partnership will begin maintaining this area 2) Maintenance funding from Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ #3) begins. To date, park and trail users have seen first-hand the completion of:

  • new pedestrian bridges at Jackson Hill and Carruth Bridge at the Houston Police Memorial
  • installation of lunar lighting at various locations. The highlight of each trail lighting fixtures, a glowing LED orb, will change from white to blue to white again, following the moon’s 29.5-day cycle. On each full moon, all lights will be white and will progressively change to all blue on the new moon. Trail lights in the remainder of the park will burn as each of the remaining two phases is completed over the next 14 months.
  • new benches and trash receptacles
  • prairie plantings, which will germinate over time
  • tree plantings on the north side of the bayou
  • asphalt footpaths on the north side of the bayou
  • water feature (Sabine Springs) and small footbridge at Tapley Tributary
  • on-site security is currently patrolling the area from Sabine Street to Montrose (on the north side of Buffalo Bayou) from 8pm-6am, seven days a week. Security will expand to other areas of the park as phases are completed.

In addition to Phase I completion, the park’s maintenance facility will open in several weeks. This facility will house Park Director Gregg Burks and his staff as they maintain and operate the park. Our friends at Houston Parks & Recreation Department (HPARD) will be right next door.

Construction materials at our maintenance facility.

Construction materials at our maintenance facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tremendous progress! And there is still more to come.

Construction continues and may hinder trail access, so please keep an eye out for orange fencing and signage. Construction updates are noted below and stay tuned to our next e-newsletter for ongoing progress reports.

Lunar lighting now in place. Photo courtesy of Geoff Lyon Photography.

Lunar lighting now in place. Photo courtesy of Geoff Lyon Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Rosemont Bridge Closures

January 14th, 2014 by

Due to construction in Buffalo Bayou Park, the Rosemont Bridge, which connects Memorial Drive to Allen Parkway just East of Studemont, will be closed on the following days:

  • January 16 -17:   Mid-bridge intersection to landing on South side of Memorial Drive (mid-bridge intersection to landing on north side of Memorial Drive will be open)
  • January 21- 23:    Mid-bridge intersection to landing on north side of Memorial Drive (mid-bridge intersection to landing on South side of Memorial Drive will be open)
  • January 24, 27 – 28:   Full bridge closure

Park users may cross the bayou at the Shepherd Drive Bridge, Jackson Hill Bridge (at Dunlavy) or at the Sabine Street Bridge.

rosemont bridge graphic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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