Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Buffalo Bayou:
A New Heart for Houston
BUFFALO BAYOU

•22 watersheds with a major bayou, 1,500 channels
•2,500 miles in length (about the distance from Los Angel...
BUFFALO BAYOU Tropical Storm in 2001 – 16 inches of rain in less than 10 hours
Normal rainfall is 48 inches per year
BUFFALO BAYOU
BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP’S MISSION

•Established in 1986 by Mayor of Houston and Harris
County Judge , Buffalo Bayou Part...
BUFFALO BAYOU Three Sectors - 10 square miles
BUFFALO BAYOU

Major Capital Projects
BUFFALO BAYOU SESQUICENTENNIAL PARK, Phase I, 1986
Phase II, 1998, $22 Million

SESQUICENTENNIAL PARK- photos of grand ope...
BUFFALO BAYOU SABINE PROMENADE, 2006 (Planning began 2001)
FUNDERS – PRIVATE, CITY OF HOUSTON, HCFD, TXDOT
$12 MILLION
BUFFALO BAYOU SABINE PROMENADE, 2006 (Planning began 2001)
BUFFALO BAYOU
12 Major National and Local Design Awards –
significant international publicity
BUFFALO BAYOU
In 2012, American Planning Association Awarded Buffalo Bayou
one of the “Great Public Places”
BUFFALO BAYOU ALLEN’S LANDING

“It is handsome and beautifully elevated,
salubrious, and well-watered….”
- Allen Brothers
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BUFFALO BAYOU ALLEN’S LANDING, 2001
FUNDERS – PRIVATE, TPWD, FEDERAL
$2.5 MILLION (Approx.)
BUFFALO BAYOU INTERNATIONAL COFFEE BUILDING AT HISTORIC ALLEN’S LANDING, 2012
FUNDERS – PRIVATE, TIRZ #3, DOWNTOWN MANAGEM...
BUFFALO BAYOU BUFFALO BEND NATURE PARK, 2009

Since 2009:
3,000 trees
10,000 wetland plants
BUFFALO BAYOU EAST END TRAIL STATUS
BUFFALO BAYOU CLEAN & GREEN PROGRAM – 2007
FUNDING – HCFD, PORT OF HOUSTON AUTHORITY, SHELL OIL , HARRIS COUNTY
$450, 000 ...
BUFFALO BAYOU PLANTING AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Corporations and Adopt-a-Spot Sponsorships
BUFFALO BAYOU PARK
•160 Acres
•2.3 Miles
•$58 Million
•$30 Million Kinder Foundation (catalyst gift)
•$23 Million BBP
•$5 ...
BUFFALO BAYOU PARK
500,000 live within a 30-minute radius of Buffalo Bayou Park
THE WATER WORKS
SABINE STREET

WATER MUSIC PLACE
THE WATER WORKS

A NEW FRONT DOOR TO BUFFALO BAYOU PARK
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A NEW FRONT DOOR TO BUFFALO
As large as a football field
BAYOU PARK
Log onto buffalobayoupark.org to view a fly-through and
3D imaging of the Cistern,
Thanks to SmartGeoMetrics
NATURE PLAYGROUND
Thanks to a generous gift of $2 million gift from Silver Eagle Distributors, improvements
to be made at Eleanor Tinsley Pa...
DOG PARK
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PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES
PEDESTRIAN B R I D GES
Existing Pedestrian
Bridge

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES
J A C K S O N H I L L HIGH B R I D G E
PEDESTRIAN B R I D GE at JACKSON HILL
PEDESTRIAN B R I D GE at JACKSON HILL
Police Memorial

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES
CARRUTH FOUNDATION B R I D G E
CARRUTH B R I D GE to connect to the Police Memorial
SHEPHERD DRIVE BRIDGE
ROSEMONT B R I D GE at Studemont
ROSEMONT PROJECT ACCESS TRAILS

RECONSTRUCTION OF S A N D Y R E E D T R A I L
CITY OF HOUSTON WITH TxDOT – 2011-2013
ASPHALT FOOTPATHS
OVERLOOKS
DIVERSE L A N D S C A P E T Y P O L O G I E S
Lost Lake
Gardens

Jane Gregory
Garden

Wortham Fountain
Gardens

Eleanor
Tinsley Garden

A RICH, DIVERSE LANDSCAPE
LANDSC...
LUNAR CYCLE LIGHTING
LUNAR CYCLE LIGHTING
BUFFALO BAYOU PARK
ONE OF OUR COUNTRY’S GREAT URBAN PARKS
BUFFALO BAYOU

Events on Buffalo Bayou
BUFFALO BAYOU KIDS DAY – OCTOBER 19, 2013
BUFFALO BAYOU BALL – Green & Growing
Thursday, November 7, 2013
BUFFALO BAYOU EDUCATION AND NATURE TOURS
BUFFALO BAYOU KAYAK TOURS and FOODIE FLOATS
BUFFALO BAYOU REGATTA – Texas’ Largest Canoe and Kayak race – spring of every year
1972-present
March 15, 2014
BUFFALO BAYOU BAYOU BUDDIES – ANNUAL BAYOU BASH – April of every year
April 12, 2014
Trudi Smith and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Trudi Smith and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Trudi Smith and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Trudi Smith and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Trudi Smith and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
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  • {"60":"An upcoming event that Chris Denny knows all about is our annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta – this will be the 38th year, formerly the Reeking Regatta. This race is Texas largest canoe and kayak race and is quite unique in that you paddle through the heart of Houston. The race begins at San Felipe and Voss and ends at Sesquicentennial Park. Last year, we had close to 350 canoes and kayaks and over 450 participants. The regatta attracts people from all over the state. \n","5":"BBP was established in 1986 as a result of Mayor Kathy Whitmire’s task force to provide a realistic strategy for buffalo bayou’s redevelopment. \nAn interesting fact about the saving of Buffalo Bayou from being lined in concrete…In 1967 Terry Hershey (Houston’s mother earth) worked with George H.W. Bush, who was the Senator at the time and George Mitchell (who created the Woodlands), in making sure this waterway was kept in its natural state.\nAt the time, it was thought the best way to decrease flooding was to line our bayous in concrete. It is not the case and this really disturbs the ecosystem.\nI’ll show you Sabine Promenade in a few minutes and mention how we have increased water capacity.\n","55":"Another popular event is KBR Kids day, taking place in the summer, which attracts over 5000 families to the banks of the bayou for family friendly activities. \n","11":"The project has received over 11 design awards and attracted over 10,000 Houstonians for the grand opening. \nRevitalized spaces great for events. \n","61":"Volunteering is an opportunity to connect with large companies. We Currently work with el paso, shell oil, exxon mobil, IKEA, and many schools. \n","23":"Visitor center for biking/boating rentals, restrooms, information\n","12":"The project has received over 11 design awards and attracted over 10,000 Houstonians for the grand opening. \nRevitalized spaces great for events. \n","1":"Introduce myself - \nHappy to be here and appreciate the invitation to present a little background on Buffalo Bayou Partnership, our initiatives, and outline our efforts for restoring Houston’s Historic Waterfront \n","18":"In order to attract people to the bayou for these tours and events, one of BBP’s major responsibilities is to clean and maintain the bayou. we operate a skimmer boat, like this one – this is actually our new one named “Catch My Drift” - we had a naming contest and this was the People’s Choice selection. Our previous skimmer boat, capsized during Hurricane Ike was named the Mighty Tidy. The skimmer boat help to remove trash and debris from the Bayou. We also have a partnership with the Port of Houston Authority and Shell Oil, called Clean + Green Program. Clean + Green uses community service workers to collect debris where our skimmer boats are unable to reach. The program, which has been in operation for over 2 years.\nThere are numerous outfalls located along Buffalo Bayou. Whenever it rains, stormwater carries plastic bottles, trash, and essentially anything left in our streets down the stormwater drains and into the bayou. Mention containment booms…\n","13":"Brief history about allen’s landing – it is the site where the allen brothers founded the city of houston. They were the city’s pioneers and first entrepreurs, selling houston as handsome…\nFirst port, turning basin, location where all the goods came in\n","2":"Our city is blessed with all these waterways – we are called the Bayou City. Over 22 watersheds that feed into Buffalo Bayou, the mother of all bayous.\n","19":"Volunteering is an opportunity to connect with large companies. We Currently work with el paso, shell oil, exxon mobil, IKEA, and many schools. \n","8":"One of bbp’s first improvement projects along the bayou. \nSes-qua – centennial park - located behind the wortham center. \n22.5 acres - completed in two phases - phase 1 1986 and phase 2 - 1989\nSeven wonders pillars –the columns highlight Houston’s history through the themes of agriculture, energy, manufacturing, medicine, philanthropy, technology and transportation. \nEach column is constructed of 150 individual children’s drawings, etched in stainless steel plate. \n","58":"To increase community involvement and promote improvements along Buffalo Bayou, we offer a variety of tours – pontoon boat tours, history hikes, birding tours, kayak tours, and our popular bat tours, which take place on the pontoon boat.\nThere is a large bat colony living under Waugh Bridge – about 250,000 bats – the second largest urban bat colony after Austin.\n","14":"Today, the international coffee building is the last remaining industrial building along allen’s landing. In 2000, bbp began renovation of allen’s landing starting with phase one, which included pedestrian access to the bayou, a series of docks along the bayou providing boat access to allen’s landing, and interpretive displays about the sites cultural history. Currently developing phase two – designed and under construction next year. \n","3":"A top priority of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership is to build a system of trails on the north and south banks of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Turning Basin. \nCurrently, we have trails from Shepherd to the Theatre District, at Preston Street, and then 4 miles (round trip) of trails east of downtown from McKee to Lockwood Street – Much of the land east of downtown is commercial property, so it takes time for easement approval from various land owners. \n","9":"More recent project is sabine promenade, a 23 acre site; \n$12 million waterfront redevelopment project; \nGoal of the project was to increase accessibility and restore prominence of buffalo bayou, while also accommodating and increasing flood capacity by grading back the banks. The project includes flood control, hike and bike trails, public art, 13 street to trail connections. 300,000 plants were planted and over 700 new trees – mention the lighting system\n","59":"To increase community involvement and promote improvements along Buffalo Bayou, we offer a variety of tours – pontoon boat tours, history hikes, birding tours, kayak tours, and our popular bat tours, which take place on the pontoon boat.\nThere is a large bat colony living under Waugh Bridge – about 250,000 bats – the second largest urban bat colony after Austin.\n","26":"A top priority of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership is to build a system of trails on the north and south banks of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Turning Basin. \nCurrently, we have trails from Shepherd to the Theatre District, at Preston Street, and then 4 miles (round trip) of trails east of downtown from McKee to Lockwood Street – Much of the land east of downtown is commercial property, so it takes time for easement approval from various land owners. \n","15":"The next four slides are final renderings of what the building will look like. \nThe Plaza level includes bike, canoe, kayak rentals, changing rooms and lockers. With all of the existing hike and bike trails, there is nowhere to buy a bottle of water. The second floor is currently designed for bbp offices and includes public restrooms and a bayou overlook. The third floor is designed as flexible event and gallery space that works together with the rooftop garden.\nThe large open plaza provides flexible gathering space for events such as community markets, outdoor concerts, recreational demonstrations, and so forth. \n","10":"The project has received over 11 design awards and attracted over 10,000 Houstonians for the grand opening. \nRevitalized spaces great for events. \n"}
  • Trudi Smith and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership

    1. 1. Buffalo Bayou Partnership Buffalo Bayou: A New Heart for Houston
    2. 2. BUFFALO BAYOU •22 watersheds with a major bayou, 1,500 channels •2,500 miles in length (about the distance from Los Angeles to New York)
    3. 3. BUFFALO BAYOU Tropical Storm in 2001 – 16 inches of rain in less than 10 hours Normal rainfall is 48 inches per year
    4. 4. BUFFALO BAYOU
    5. 5. BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP’S MISSION •Established in 1986 by Mayor of Houston and Harris County Judge , Buffalo Bayou Partnership is responsible for revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource. • Board members approved by the Mayor and County Judge. • Board members represent civic, environmental, and governmental interests. • Over $100 million raised and leveraged – 80% since 1995. • BBP’s mission is to revitalize and transform Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource.
    6. 6. BUFFALO BAYOU Three Sectors - 10 square miles
    7. 7. BUFFALO BAYOU Major Capital Projects
    8. 8. BUFFALO BAYOU SESQUICENTENNIAL PARK, Phase I, 1986 Phase II, 1998, $22 Million SESQUICENTENNIAL PARK- photos of grand opening in 1998 22.5 acres includes public art, hike/bike trails, public event space
    9. 9. BUFFALO BAYOU SABINE PROMENADE, 2006 (Planning began 2001) FUNDERS – PRIVATE, CITY OF HOUSTON, HCFD, TXDOT $12 MILLION
    10. 10. BUFFALO BAYOU SABINE PROMENADE, 2006 (Planning began 2001)
    11. 11. BUFFALO BAYOU 12 Major National and Local Design Awards – significant international publicity
    12. 12. BUFFALO BAYOU In 2012, American Planning Association Awarded Buffalo Bayou one of the “Great Public Places”
    13. 13. BUFFALO BAYOU ALLEN’S LANDING “It is handsome and beautifully elevated, salubrious, and well-watered….” - Allen Brothers allen brother’s image of houston 1880 houston’s first port and turning basin
    14. 14. BUFFALO BAYOU ALLEN’S LANDING, 2001 FUNDERS – PRIVATE, TPWD, FEDERAL $2.5 MILLION (Approx.)
    15. 15. BUFFALO BAYOU INTERNATIONAL COFFEE BUILDING AT HISTORIC ALLEN’S LANDING, 2012 FUNDERS – PRIVATE, TIRZ #3, DOWNTOWN MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, FEDERAL, HOUSTON FIRST CORPORATION $8 MILLION (includes property)
    16. 16. BUFFALO BAYOU BUFFALO BEND NATURE PARK, 2009 Since 2009: 3,000 trees 10,000 wetland plants
    17. 17. BUFFALO BAYOU EAST END TRAIL STATUS
    18. 18. BUFFALO BAYOU CLEAN & GREEN PROGRAM – 2007 FUNDING – HCFD, PORT OF HOUSTON AUTHORITY, SHELL OIL , HARRIS COUNTY $450, 000 PER YEAR
    19. 19. BUFFALO BAYOU PLANTING AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Corporations and Adopt-a-Spot Sponsorships
    20. 20. BUFFALO BAYOU PARK •160 Acres •2.3 Miles •$58 Million •$30 Million Kinder Foundation (catalyst gift) •$23 Million BBP •$5 Million Harris County Flood Control District
    21. 21. BUFFALO BAYOU PARK 500,000 live within a 30-minute radius of Buffalo Bayou Park
    22. 22. THE WATER WORKS SABINE STREET WATER MUSIC PLACE
    23. 23. THE WATER WORKS A NEW FRONT DOOR TO BUFFALO BAYOU PARK
    24. 24. SK YL AW SK A TE BO AR DP N INF BIC ORM YC AT LE ION S PA V IL IO N ENTRY COURT AR K PLAYGROUND
    25. 25. SKY LAWN
    26. 26. UNDERGROUND RESERVOIR SITE A NEW FRONT DOOR TO BUFFALO As large as a football field BAYOU PARK
    27. 27. Log onto buffalobayoupark.org to view a fly-through and 3D imaging of the Cistern, Thanks to SmartGeoMetrics
    28. 28. NATURE PLAYGROUND
    29. 29. Thanks to a generous gift of $2 million gift from Silver Eagle Distributors, improvements to be made at Eleanor Tinsley Park include upgraded infrastructure for special events at the park, trails and stairs for easier pedestrian access, and upgraded landscaping. A large temporary stage can be placed in a flat grassy area below an improved parking lot during events. The gift also will fund the Skyline Overlook, redesigned parking spaces, an improved garden area and the Skyline Overlook will be the Nau Family Pavilion. ELEANOR TINSLEY PARK WATER MUSIC PLACE
    30. 30. DOG PARK WORTHAM FOUNTAIN WATER MUSIC PLACE
    31. 31. DOG PARK
    32. 32. LOST LAKE WATER MUSIC PLACE
    33. 33. CA N UA CH R TE R ay rkw Pa GARDENS Al le n Q AD HE S O UN E LA PARKING LOST LAKE THE WEST ENTRY TO BUFFALO BAYOU PARK
    34. 34. LOST LAKE
    35. 35. PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES PEDESTRIAN B R I D GES
    36. 36. Existing Pedestrian Bridge PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES J A C K S O N H I L L HIGH B R I D G E
    37. 37. PEDESTRIAN B R I D GE at JACKSON HILL
    38. 38. PEDESTRIAN B R I D GE at JACKSON HILL
    39. 39. Police Memorial PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES CARRUTH FOUNDATION B R I D G E
    40. 40. CARRUTH B R I D GE to connect to the Police Memorial
    41. 41. SHEPHERD DRIVE BRIDGE
    42. 42. ROSEMONT B R I D GE at Studemont
    43. 43. ROSEMONT PROJECT ACCESS TRAILS RECONSTRUCTION OF S A N D Y R E E D T R A I L CITY OF HOUSTON WITH TxDOT – 2011-2013
    44. 44. ASPHALT FOOTPATHS
    45. 45. OVERLOOKS
    46. 46. DIVERSE L A N D S C A P E T Y P O L O G I E S
    47. 47. Lost Lake Gardens Jane Gregory Garden Wortham Fountain Gardens Eleanor Tinsley Garden A RICH, DIVERSE LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE TYPOLOGIES
    48. 48. LUNAR CYCLE LIGHTING
    49. 49. LUNAR CYCLE LIGHTING
    50. 50. BUFFALO BAYOU PARK ONE OF OUR COUNTRY’S GREAT URBAN PARKS
    51. 51. BUFFALO BAYOU Events on Buffalo Bayou
    52. 52. BUFFALO BAYOU KIDS DAY – OCTOBER 19, 2013
    53. 53. BUFFALO BAYOU BALL – Green & Growing Thursday, November 7, 2013
    54. 54. BUFFALO BAYOU EDUCATION AND NATURE TOURS
    55. 55. BUFFALO BAYOU KAYAK TOURS and FOODIE FLOATS
    56. 56. BUFFALO BAYOU REGATTA – Texas’ Largest Canoe and Kayak race – spring of every year 1972-present March 15, 2014
    57. 57. BUFFALO BAYOU BAYOU BUDDIES – ANNUAL BAYOU BASH – April of every year April 12, 2014
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