Buffalo Bayou is our beginning. Our backbone. Our bridge.
From a sleepy port town into a thriving cultural and industrial metropolis, Buffalo Bayou has shaped Houston for nearly two centuries. Since 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership has championed this natural resource for the benefit of all Houstonians.
BUFFALO BAYOU AND HOUSTON ARE FOREVER ENTWINED.
This natural, 52-mile waterway meandering in gentle twists and turns from its origins in the Texas prairie and out through the Gulf of Mexico is like a scrawled signature of our city itself, as etched in the lowlands of our landscape as the pages of our history.
It was on the banks of Buffalo Bayou that Houston was founded in 1836, and since then the bayou has emerged — and re-emerged — as a vital conduit for commerce, community, recreation, and repose.
WHAT WE DO
Creating and stewarding a vibrant network of welcoming public spaces.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the non-profit organization leading the planning, design, activation, and stewardship of inspiring spaces along the 10-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive through downtown and eastward to the Port of Houston Turning Basin.
Whether it’s reimagining a former barge terminal into a cultural and recreational hub, reinforcing the bayou’s banks with native plants and trees, or constructing the first pedestrian bridge between the historic Fifth Ward and Greater East End — building relationships and mapping change with our communities are essential to our mission.
We envision Buffalo Bayou as a unifying
and transformative force for Houston.
By drawing people together along and across our bayou — and inviting their ideas and aspirations into the process — we celebrate and perpetuate the vitality and resiliency of our city and its historic waterway.
Buffalo Bayou Park Staff
Clean & Green Staff