The folks at Save Buffalo Bayou send over some before-and-after photos of the Memorial ParkÂ boatÂ launch and companion drainage structure just east of where the streamÂ crosses beneath Woodway Dr. The group says the canoe and kayak put-inÂ spot, on a 30-acre section of the parkÂ once used asÂ an archery range,Â had been slowlyÂ greenedÂ backÂ up by native river plants following the area’sÂ multi-year closure and workoverÂ by the UptownÂ TIRZ,Â which involved some de-treeingÂ work and theÂ planting of some contractor-friendly non-native grasses on theÂ newly reshaped slope.
Memorial Park director Jay DanielsÂ told the group that the mowing was not planned,Â as park groups areÂ currently trying to promote native plantÂ growth in the park. Daniels saidÂ that he talked to a work group clearingÂ some bayou access paths this weekend about removing some invasive Johnsongrass at the site; the conversation apparently led to some confusion, which led to mowing, which led to many folks being given a stern talking to.
Here’sÂ a post-op look fromÂ July 2014 at the drainage setup (also intended to control bank erosion),Â partially covered in what appears to be eroding dirt and deposited sediment:
And here’s aÂ from-the-topÂ shot taken this pastÂ August, looking west overÂ the outlet structure acrossÂ the reestablished plant coverÂ toward the Woodway bridge:
The shot below was also taken in August:
And here’s what the same scene looks like as this weekend:
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Photos: Save Buffalo Bayou