HOUSTON – The Buffalo Bayou Partnership announced Thursday that it is launching a major planning effort along Buffalo Bayou's East Sector. The plans include transformative parks, trails and open space.
BBP said said in revitalizing the waterway east of downtown, it hopes to establish a pioneering precedent where green space can be a catalyst for inclusive growth and community development.
“At its heart, BBP is about creating parks, trails and bridges to bring Houstonians outdoors,” BBP Board Chairman Tom Fish said. “Here in the East Sector, we have an opportunity to bring together communities north and south of Buffalo Bayou that have long been disconnected from the waterfront and each other.”
A group of high-caliber consultants has already been assembled. It will be led by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates, which has a track record of success in creating acclaimed and economically viable parks and waterfronts.
Other consultants that will be involved in the development include HR&A Advisors, Huitt-Zollars, Utile, Greenberg Consultants, Nelson/Nygaard and LimnoTech.
“While we want to build off our past projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park, Sabine Promenade and Allen’s Landing, we realize that we are dealing with an entirely different context,” BBP President Anne Olson said. “We not only want to reinvigorate the waterfront but bring equitable revitalization opportunities to the East Sector neighborhoods.”
BBP said the plan is based on:
- Authenticity: Creating unique park spaces that reflect the cultural and industrial legacy of the east sector.
- Connectivity: Rethinking how parks and neighborhoods interact, activating and connecting the waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods.
- Inclusivity: Establishing a pioneering precedent where green space can be a catalyst for inclusive revitalization.
BBP board member Bo Fraga said it is committed to a strong community engagement effort and input from a range of stakeholders.
”We plan to work hard to involve as many people in ways that are engaging, thought-provoking and fun,” Fraga said.