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Houston Moves Ahead With Ambitious Greenways Project

Bayou Greenways 2020 is an effort to create a continuous green space along the city’s waterways.


Cyclists and runners on the Brays Bayou Greenway path. Photo by F. Carter Smith, courtesy Houston Parks Board

 

The Houston Parks Board is working to raise millions of dollars for its “Bayou Greenways 2020” project.

Parks Board Executive Director Roksan Okan-Vick says once the project is complete, Houston will have about 150 miles of hike and bike trails along its bayous, making it one of the most significant parks projects in the country.

Right now they’re working to develop about 1,500 acres of new green space. 

“And when you add that to the total of existing lands around there, along those bayous, it will be 4,000 acres of parks and green spaces, continuous green spaces, along the major bayou corridors,” explains Okan-Vick.  

The total cost of the project is about $220 million. Okan-Vick says some of that money is being used to buy property.

“Those acquisitions include acquiring lands that might have been industrial, or had other uses on them, acquiring other lands that will complete the greenways,” says Okan-Vick.

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, the Parks Board is holding its first “Bayou Greenways” day, with activities along Brays Bayou in the East End. Events are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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