HOUSTON - The Bayou Greenways 2020 Project has broken ground on the first segment of a seven-year plan to connect green spaces along Houston's bayous.
This first phase will target White Oak Bayou, and involves creating more green space along White Oak Bayou, building a new trail segment between Shepherd Drive and W. 11th St. to connect to the existing trail, and replacing the MKT Bridge over White Oak Bayou.
Four more project segments will break ground in the next 12 months completing the White Oak Bayou greenway all the way into the heart of downtown Houston.
The $3.4 million White Oak Bayou project is part of larger Bayou renovation initiative. In November 2012 voters approved a $100 million bond referendum to create 1,500 acres of new parkland within the city and connect 150 miles of trails. The Houston Parks Board will privately raise a matching $115 million.
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