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.
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.