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Implemented in 1986, the goal of the Buffalo Bayou Park Project was to beautify and develop Houston's riverfront. At that time, the land was deemed protected and designated solely to be used for public green space and future recreational areas. In 2015, the $58 million dollar renovation was finally complete, gifting Houston with a 160-acre park to enjoy during all seasons. Since Buffalo Bayou Park is located about 3 miles west of downtown Houston, it offers stellar skyline views of the city. People from all walks of life come here to exercise, picnic, participate in special events, and play in the park. There are beautiful gardens to enjoy and lots of native landscaping. One of the highlights of the project is the Buffalo Bayou Trail. Sometimes called the Sandy Reed Memorial Trail, the paved path stretches 15 miles and winds through all the parks that line the Buffalo Bayou River. It is popular for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading.
If you're exploring the park as a traveler, there are two visitor centers to help you plan your day. There are also rental points for bicycles and paddle boats. Other features include a dog park, public art exhibits, and a natural play area for children. With so many great activities for visitors to enjoy outdoors, the Buffalo Bayou Park project has been deemed a huge success. In fact, locals fondly refer to it as their own version of Chicago's Navy Pier or New York City's Central Park. Cover image via Wikimedia Commons by Astronautilus (CC BY 2.0).