Thriving parks and communities for everyone forever.
Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects, and advocates for parks for everyone.
We are wholeheartedly devoted to creating and enhancing parks, engaging neighborhoods and communities, inspiring people to value parks, and sustaining our operations so we can continue to serve.
There are nine major bayous within the Bayou Greenways system, each residing in a unique ecosystem featuring native flora and fauna. The Houston Parks Board Conservation Program focuses on three primary habitats of interest:
Prairies feature native grasses with wildflowers and shrubs, and contain few to no trees.
Prairie restoration: We assessed our 300 prairie plots and developed a strategy for rehabilitation and maintenance.
Wetlands are characterized by the presence of water and water-loving vegetation.
Wetland restoration: We continued efforts to improve several wetlands along Greens Bayou through invasive vegetation management and native plantings.
Forests are covered with trees and feature a closed or nearly closed canopy along with various understory species that have adapted to these specific light conditions.
Reforestation: We completed an assessment of over 25,000 trees on the Bayou Greenways system and prioritized removal or pruning of 2,600 dead/diseased trees. In addition, we planted hundreds of new trees.
When community members turn out to help improve our parks and trails, they make it possible for us to make an even greater impact. Our volunteers are essential to expanding conservation efforts and growing public awareness of the necessity of ecological care. We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from local community groups, corporations, academic institutions, public agencies, nature enthusiasts, and user groups.
We would especially like to acknowledge the Houston Parks Board’s Green Team (our conservation volunteers), Rising Leaders (our young professionals), and other organizations that work with us regularly on our parks and trails: Student Conservation Association, generously funded by Kinder Foundation; Texas Conservation Corps; Houston Audubon; Garden Club of Houston; Houston Zoo.
Maintenance is essential to ensuring that our parks and trails remain safe and beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Through our partnership with Houston Parks and Recreation Department and in collaboration with other agencies, we have established a high and sustainable standard for daily maintenance that also provides for capital replacement and ensures the long-term stewardship of the resources entrusted to our care.
Our maintenance standard was developed with strategic input from Kinder Foundation and is now a critical component of our work. The capital replacement reserve covers resources such as trails and bridges, railings, retaining walls, lights, benches, trash receptacles, drinking fountains, signs, and parking areas. This plan also accounts for contingencies such as cleanup after major floods or unexpected repairs. Ultimately, it allows us to make good on our intent to provide all of Houston’s neighborhoods with access to high quality park spaces and trails—and take care of them.