Part of the $50 million plan to turn the banks of Buffalo Bayou west of Downtown from Sabine St. to Shepherd Dr. into a single, continuous linear park: a new entry plaza on Sabine St. at the city waterworks station (near the skatepark, above), a small lake at the end of Dunlavy St., and 3 new pedestrian bridges. One of the bridges is planned for a site just east of Shepherd; another across from the police officer memorial; and the third at Jackson Hill St. Also: lighting, new water features, public art, renovated trails, and a dog park. A separate, $5 million project funded and run by the Harris County Flood Control District will attempt to return the bayou to a more “natural” configuration — by removing sediment and invasive plants and building in bluffs, sandbars, high and low banks, possibly some additional twists and turns, and other more genuinely bayou-ish features. Here’s a plan of the whole thing (turned sideways to fit):
A closeup of the Montrose Blvd. intersection:
And the new bridge at Jackson Hill, also showing the Lost Lake:
More than half of the money for the project has already been donated by the Kinder Foundation; the Buffalo Bayou Partnership is hoping to raise the remaining $20 million. Target completion date: 2015.
- Back to nature: plans for Buffalo Bayou park unveiled [Memorial Examiner]
- Buffalo Bayou Park: Shepherd to Sabine Project [Buffalo Bayou Partnership]
- Buffalo Bayou Master Plan [Buffalo Bayou Partnership]