While encouraging people to take transit, ride their bikes or walk to Buffalo Bayou Park, Buffalo Bayou Partnership worked very hard to accommodate more parking spaces while not jeopardizing the park’s green spaces. Our plan for Buffalo Bayou Park includes increased parking at the following major destinations:
The Water Works area: 50 new spaces
Eleanor Tinsley Park: 20 redesigned spaces
Dog Park: 17 new parallel parking spaces
Lost Lake: 81 new parking spaces
Additionally, over 400 parking spaces are located at Lot H, off Memorial and Houston Avenue, which the City intends to convert to public parking on weekends. Buffalo Bayou Partnership is seeking other opportunities for shared parking with adjacent properties.
Of course, the two new pedestrian bridges will greatly improve access to the park, and due to the strong development taking place in neighborhoods north and south of the bayou, we anticipate many park visitors will walk and ride their bikes along our improved trails and footpaths.
The Rosemont Bridge with its related access trails to adjacent neighborhoods on the north side of Memorial is a major enhancement to the park’s accessibility, but access must also be improved to the neighborhoods south of Allen Parkway. In chapter 3, page 41 of the Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to Sabine master plan, Buffalo Bayou Partnership recommends access improvements like signalized intersections and crosswalks (at Taft and at Dunlavy) and an extension of the Rosemont Bridge across Allen Parkway, though these improvements are outside the scope of our project. Currently, recommendations are being considered by the City of Houston.