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This Organization Cares for Houston Parks

Brooke Lewis
Posted on August 10
A woman runs down Brays Bayou Greenway on a sunny day.

Go for a run or a bike ride along Brays Bayou Greenway. (Anthony Rathbun/Getty Images)

Houston Parks Board cares for more than 2,800 acres of greenspace and supports park projects large and small. The non-profit organization connects 150 miles of trails and parks along nine major waterways. From White Oak Bayou to the San Jacinto River, there are endless places to explore across the city. The Houston Parks Board completed their own neighborhood guide to help us get to know them better. Let’s take a look!

Travel Through The Bayou Greenway Trails

Bayou Greenways is a public-private partnership between Houston Parks Board, the City of Houston, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Starting at the City of Houston’s Milby Park, you can walk or cycle southwest to access the Sims Bayou Greenway trail. This trail provides connections to the beloved Houston Botanic Garden and the City of Houston’s historic Glenbrook Park. Interested in the full 3-mile trip? View HPB’s recommended trips for the full details and to explore more of Houston. While Houston is best known for White Oak Bayou, Sims Bayou, and Brays Bayou, create your own trip through HPB’s Bayou Greenways map along any of the nine greenways to experience all the greenspaces and #ParksByYou.

Engage In Community Initiatives

Houston Parks Board offers meaningful engagement opportunities that make sure all Houstonians feel at home in their greenspaces. One example is its work with Healthy Outdoor Communities in Acres Homes and Third Ward. This collaborative initiative offers unique educational opportunities and outdoor activities that encourage healthier and more active lifestyles.

You can also explore nature through the Agents of Discovery app, an educational mobile gaming platform that uses augmented reality to get Houstonians active and outdoors. Houston Parks Board hosts pop-up missions at locations all over the city to help you and your family explore the outdoors in a safe and socially distant way.

Get Involved With Conservation Efforts

In addition to park advocacy and development, the Houston Parks Board Conservation and Maintenance Team preserves, creates, and enhances the region’s habitats through conservation best practices and stewardship. If you’re looking to volunteer alongside them, join their Green Team, a volunteer group that meets once a month to complete conservation projects.

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