Development of Greens Bayou Corridor includes new Foster Park

Chamber hears of new canoe & kayak launch

Jill BoullionThe Greens Bayou Corridor is a 45 mile long stretch of potentially beautiful natural parks and recreation facilities, and flood control protection for the future, according to the Chamber’s February luncheon speaker, Jill Boullion, Executive Director of the GBCC.

Boullion said the length of the bayou is divided into four sections, and the South section runs from US90 to the Buffalo Bayou through the North Shore area. It serves a watershed of 212 sq. miles, with over 550,000 people living and depending upon it.

The Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition came about after the bad flooding of Tropical Storm Alison in June 2001, when a group of people including the Harris County Flood Control District decided a coordinated effort was needed to avoid future flooding, and at the same time develop the land along the bayou.

The mission of the GBCC is flood remediation, development of recreation facilities, economic development, and improvement in quality of life.

She said that in cooperation with the National Park Service, a Master Plan of Parks & Trails was completed in 2012, and many projects identified that are now being built.

In the North Channel area, the major feature will be a 6.5 acre park, Thomas Bell Foster Park, with a canoe & kayak launch ramp, parking and facilities. This will lead to a paddle trail on the bayou of 27 miles in length, from Galena Park to Greenspoint.

Also to be developed in the South Reach will be Brock Park and Strickland Park.

Boullion invited the audience and anyone interested to join her group and volunteer for work sessions in the parks. Call 281-874-2139 for information.

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