The new Sims Bayou Greenway segment is now complete and open

Houston community leaders celebrated the opening of a new 1.4-mile segment along Sims Bayou Greenway connecting Glenbrook Park to Bellfort Avenue.

Construction of this portion of the 10-foot-wide Sims Bayou Greenway walking and biking trail began in the spring of 2021 and is now complete.

The Bayou Greenways project, led by the Houston Parks Board, aims to complete a 150-mile network of interconnected trails along Houston’s major waterways.

“The completion of this new section of the Bayou Greenways project is another step towards a more connected city,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Not only will Houstonians living near this segment of Sims Bayou reap the benefits of the project, but our neighbors across the city will also be able to travel more than 14 miles uninterrupted along scenic Sims Bayou through this trail.”

With previous Bayou Greenways projects connecting Milby Park to the east and a United States Army Corps of Engineers trail connecting Stuart Park to the west, 14.9 miles of trail are now open along Sims Bayou Greenway, HPB said. .

Land acquisition, design and construction of the new greenway and trail connections along Sims Bayou Greenway cost $3.36 million. Overall, Bayou Greenways is a $225 million initiative.

“Today is a wedding between Rep. Sylvia Garcia’s District 29 and my district, the 9th Congressional District,” U.S. Rep. Al Green said. “I want to thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their outstanding work. During my time in Congress, I am proud to have secured over $77 million in federal funding for Sims Bayou, including work on recreational trails , flood protection and environmental mitigation. Of federal funds obtained over the years for Sims Bayou, $18 million has been granted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a segment of trail that connects at the new Greenway Road unveiled today.

Sims Bayou Greenway is one of nine bayous transformed as part of Bayou Greenways, a public-private partnership between the nonprofit HPB, the City of Houston, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

The Kinder Foundation donated $50 million to the global Bayou Greenway initiative in 2013, of which more than $9 million was invested in The Sims Bayou.

Bayou Greenways began in 2012 when voters in Houston approved a bond to provide $100 million in funds for the initiative. Overall, there are 129 acres of open Bayou Greenways trail through Houston and 32 miles of trail in various stages of planning, design, and construction.

The segment from Scott Street to Buffalo Speedway is currently under construction and will be the next part of the Sims Bayou Greenway to be completed.

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