The Houston Parks Board has announced a $3 million gift from the Brown Foundation in support of a public-private initiative to create a network of connected parks and trails along Houston's major waterways.
The gift will support the Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative, a four-year initiative aimed at transforming more than three thousand acres of underutilized land along the region's bayous into public, accessible greenspace and elevate Houston as one of the top "quality-of-place" cities in the nation. When the project is complete, six out of ten Houstonians will live within a mile and a half of a Bayou Greenway project.
In 2012, local voters approved a bond proposal to set aside $100 million for the initiative. With the latest gift from the Brown Foundation, the Houston Parks Board, which is managing the acquisition, design, and construction of the network, has raised $103 million toward its $120 million campaign goal.
"We are truly honored to receive recognition and support from the Brown Foundation," said Mike Nichols, interim executive director of the Houston Parks Board. "Together we are working toward a more beautiful, healthy, and active city through Bayou Greenways 2020, now and for generations to come."