Houston Parks Board

Location: Houston, Texas

Since 1976, Houston Parks Board has invested over $258 million supporting over 250 parks and creating more than 14,000 acres of new parks and trails. They have connected 150 miles of trails along Houston’s major bayous to bring 1.5 million people within 1.5 miles of a greenway. They work on projects, big and small, including Bayou Greenways 2020, community programs, studies of Houston’s parks, and care for existing parks. Houston Parks Board staff works with the City of Houston, donors, volunteers, and park visitors to foster new possibilities and create a community for everyone’s future.

77 miles of trail were originally built along the bayous by entities such as the City of Houston, Harris County, the Texas Department of Transportation, and TIRZs. By 2012, Houstonians showed overwhelming support for Bayou Greenways 2020, which would set aside $100 million in funding towards new trails and parks for the city. Since then, Houston Parks Board has leveraged the commitment, support, and expertise of its private, civic, and philanthropic partners to raise another $120 million with an extraordinary lead gift of $50 million in 2013 from the Kinder Foundation. Together, they are connecting Houstonians to our improved, safe, and beautiful bayous—all throughout Brays, Buffalo, Greens, Halls ,Hunting, Sims, White Oak, and the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.

Houston Parks Board received a TxN Certification in 2021. View the certification page here.

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