HOUSTON – The Buffalo Bayou Partnership will begin work this month on the highly-anticipated “official” dog park, which is part of the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to Sabine project.
The approximately 2-acre open meadow area at Allen Parkway and Montrose Street/Studewood will be transformed and include the following features:
- Decorative wrought-iron fencing;
- New ponds – one for small dogs and one for large dogs – created along a low-lying tributary shaded by existing canopy trees (A wetland area will also help cleanse the water);
- Dog washing areas;
- Sheltered areas providing shade and a respite for dog owners; Lighted areas;
- Additional parking – 17 new parallel parking spaces along the Allen Parkway frontage road
The total project cost for the dog park is $1.5 million. Once complete, the dog park will be one of three available to dog-owners in the immediate downtown/neartown area. During the construction period, Buffalo Bayou Partnership encourages users to visit the dog parks at Discovery Green, Market Square Park or West Webster Park.
Due to the construction, this area will close beginning on Jan. 27. The dog park in Buffalo Bayou Park is expected to be complete in fall 2014.
In anticipation of the closure, Buffalo Bayou Partnership will post signage and also host a “Walk and Talk” in the dog park area on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. to alert users to the planned changes.
In addition to the dog park, Buffalo Bayou Partnership is also overseeing additional improvements to Buffalo Bayou Park between Shepherd Drive and Sabine Street that include adding trails, enhancements at Eleanor Tinsley Park, destinations like The Water Works and Lost Lake, lighting, amenities such as kayak and bike rentals and overall improvements to the park’s landscape.
Some elements of the park improvements have been completed including pedestrian bridges at Jackson Hill and the Police Memorial as well as an asphalt trail on the north side of the bayou between Sabine and Montrose. (The concrete Sandy Reed Memorial Trail has also been completed by the City of Houston and the Texas Department of Transportation.)
Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to Sabine is a collaboration of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the city of Houston through Houston Parks & Recreation Department and Harris County Flood Control District.
For the first 30 years after the park opens, Downtown TIRZ #3 will contribute $2 million per year for the park’s maintenance and operations. The Kinder Foundation has committed a $30 million catalyst gift for the project and Buffalo Bayou Partnership has almost raised the remaining $23 million needed.
The entire Buffalo Bayou Park – Shepherd to Sabine project is expected to be complete in mid-2015. For more information about the park improvements, please visit www.buffalobayoupark.org.