Buffalo Bayou Park: The Transformation of Houston’s Wondrous Waterway

Monday, October 26, 2015, 5:30–7:00 P.M. -- SOLD OUT | Valet parking will be provided. Directions will be forwarded to participants. Limited enrollment.

In 2011, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) launched an ambitious plan to rejuvenate the segment of Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd and Sabine streets. Today, this bold civic vision boasts miles of new paths and trails, signature lunar lighting, native trees and plants, pedestrian bridges, and amenities such as the largest dog park in the city and two visitor centers.   The $54 million, 160-acre, 2.3-mile-long project will be completed in 2015.

Our evening will begin with light bites and refreshments at The Dunlavy (the park’s new special events space) with an introduction and overview, followed by a twilight stroll with our guides Anne Olson, Guy Hagstette, and Scott McCready.

Over the past 20 years, BBP president Anne Olson and the BBP board have raised and leveraged over $150 million in private and public funds for the waterway’s redevelopment. During her tenure Ms. Olson has developed and implemented a comprehensive bayou-enhancement program which includes land acquisition, trail and park development, public programming, and permanent and temporary public art along Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin.

In mid-2010, project director Guy Hagstette, FAIA, began overseeing the ambitious plan for Houston’s historic waterway. From 2006 until 2010, he served as president and park director for Discovery Green. 

Scott McCready, ASLA, is SWA Group’s lead designer for Buffalo Bayou Park. Over the past twelve years he has engaged in a number of projects along Houston’s waterways, including the Sabine Promenade, Rosemont Bridge, and Brays Bayou.



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