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New Bike Trail Will Highlight Nature Areas Along Houston’s Sims Bayou

The trail is the longest segment constructed at one time in the extensive Bayou Greenways network. It will link three Houston parks and connect neighborhoods in the southern part of the city.

The Houston Parks Board has started work on a new segment of the Sims Bayou Greenway in southwest Houston, the latest project along the 122-mile Bayou Greenways trail system.

The six-mile segment will continue the Sims Bayou trail from Scott Street west to Buffalo Speedway, passing underneath State Highway 288. The trail will connect Margaret Jenkins Park, Houston Sports Park, and Townwood Park.

“Sims Bayou is such a wonderful departure from some of the other bayous because there's so much more land alongside the bayou itself,” said Houston Parks Board President and CEO Beth White. “It's very pastoral.”

The new Sims Bayou trail segment costs $8.5 million and it's the longest section they've constructed at one time in the Bayou Greenways system. The work is expected to be finished in the spring of 2022.

Amenities include seating, landscaping, and trash cans and recycling containers. A bike and pedestrian bridge will connect Margaret Jenkins Park with the nearby Sugar Valley neighborhood. There's also 30 acres of undeveloped meadow the Parks Board is preserving as a natural area.

Along with creating a place to get outdoors, White said the greenways also provide additional drainage capacity along the bayous.

“It is a natural ecosystem and we need to learn to live with water and respect what that ecosystem needs to do,” White said. “We advocate for nature-based solutions to flooding wherever we can apply them.”

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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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