1001 Commerce Street
Acquired by City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department: 1966
Size: 1.76 acres
Often described as Houstons heart and our Plymouth
Rock, Allens Landing is an area that truly defines our city.
It was here in 1836 that August C. and John K. Allen stepped ashore
and claimed Houston as their own. The confluence of Buffalo and White
Oak bayous also became Houstons first port and a thriving commercial
After years of deterioration and numerous planning efforts, Allens
Landing is undergoing major revitalization and rejuvenation.
Phase I Redevelopment (Completed 2001)
Cost: $2.8 million
Funders: City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department, Harris
County Flood Control District and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
- Concrete paved wharf designed to replicate the original Port
- Terrace Overlooking Bayou
- Entry plaza at Intersection of Commerce and Main
- Terraced Grass Lawn
- Text-based Public Artwork
- Amenities: Benches, Trash Receptacles, Drinking Fountain, Bike Rack,
Cost: $1.8 million
Funders: Texas Department of Transportation and Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Improvements will be made west and east of the existing park.
In addition to the Allens Landing Phase I and II initiatives,
the Cotswold Project, a $ million downtown streetscape enhancement project,
will be constructing pedestrian connections from Commerce Street to
the bayou. Four major entryways will include: stairs, ramps, landscaping,
signage and public art.