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The vision, passion and design behind Buffalo Bayou Park revealed in new book, From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park

May 25, 2017

HOUSTON – May 25, 2017 – Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), the non-profit organization leading the transformation and revitalization of Buffalo Bayou, released a commemorative book that uncovers the story of the award-winning Buffalo Bayou Park.

From Rendering to Reality:  The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park takes you through the concepts, people, and unique public private partnership that shaped Buffalo Bayou Park into one of this country’s great urban greenspaces.  “Our whole heart was put into the development and completion of the park,” says Anne Olson, president of Buffalo Bayou Partnership.  “It is exciting to re-experience the ideas, plans, details and engineering concepts in full view, on paper, inside a beautifully designed book.”

From Rendering to Reality:  The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park was generously underwritten by the Kinder Foundation, the catalyst funder for the transformation of Buffalo Bayou Park.  Coauthored by Sandra Cook, Anne Olson and David Theis, the book was designed by Pentagram in Austin and features spectacular photographs by Jim Olive, Katya Horner and others.

The book also includes historical images and maps, along with fascinating insights into the thoughtful design behind the park’s success.  From Rendering to Reality:  The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park highlights the greenspace’s enriched native landscape and wildlife habitat, wide range of trail improvements, creative lunar cycle lighting scheme, multi-faceted destinations and their architectural considerations, plus major public art installations.

The book is now on sale ($40 plus tax) at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Visitor Centers at The Water Works (105 Sabine St.) and Lost Lake (3422 Allen Parkway) or online at  Distributed by Texas A&M University Press, the book will soon be available from fine booksellers.

Brazos Bookstore and Buffalo Bayou Partnership will host a public reception with those involved in the book’s creation on Tuesday, June 27th.


WHAT:  Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) and Brazos Bookstore as we unveil the commemorative book, From Rendering to Reality:  The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park.
Stephen Fox, who wrote the foreword, will provide a brief history of Houston’s planning and the importance of the iconic greenspace, Buffalo Bayou Park.

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 7-8pm

COST:  FREE and open to all

WHERE:  Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005)


About Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the non-profit organization transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource.  BBP’s geographic focus is the 10-square mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin.  Thanks to the generous support of foundations, corporations, individuals and government agencies, BBP has raised and leveraged more than $150 million for the redevelopment and stewardship of the waterfront – spearheading award-winning projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park and Sabine Promenade, protecting land for future parks, constructing hike and bike trails, and operating comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs.  Buffalo Bayou Partnership also seeks ways to activate Buffalo Bayou through pedestrian, boating and biking amenities; volunteer activities; permanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and events that attract thousands.


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