capital projects
sabine to bagby promenade
sunset coffee building
allens landing
east side trails
buffalo bend nature park
partnership acccomplishments
project status map

1001 Commerce Street
Acquired by City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department: 1966
Size: 1.76 acres

Often described as “Houston’s heart” and our “Plymouth Rock,” Allen’s 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 Houston’s first port and a thriving commercial hub.

After years of deterioration and numerous planning efforts, Allen’s 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

Special Features:

  • Concrete paved wharf designed to replicate the original Port
  • Promenade
  • Terrace Overlooking Bayou
  • Trail/Walkway
  • Entry plaza at Intersection of Commerce and Main
  • Terraced Grass Lawn
  • Text-based Public Artwork
  • Amenities: Benches, Trash Receptacles, Drinking Fountain, Bike Rack, Decorative Lighting

Phase II

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 Allen’s 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.