Milestones

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In its brief history, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition has accomplished much, thanks largely to the community groups and leaders who volunteer their time to address the challenges and opportunities along the bayou.

2002

The Greenspoint District creates the Greens Bayou Task Force (GBTF) to address flooding in the Greenspoint area.

2004

Concepts are developed for the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition (GBCC), an organization to address flooding along the entire 45-mile span of Greens Bayou.

2005

North Houston Association begins facilitating initial GBCC meetings to help establish the organization. Reach committees are established, stakeholders are identified and a kick-off organizational meeting is held.

2006

Monthly meetings of the GBCC begin. Articles of incorporation and bylaws are developed. Board members are selected.

2007

Williams Brothers Construction becomes GBCC’s first corporate sponsor. The GBCC logo is developed. The first GBCC Board meeting is held in November 2007. Harris County Flood Control District presents the Greens Bayou Mid-Reach Flood Damage Reduction Plan and an alternatives analysis for improvements.

2009

Portions of the Mid-Reach Flood Damage Reduction Plan are taking shape. In the North Reach, preliminary engineering has begun on the Glen Forest Basin, a 165-acre detention basin on Greens Bayou at I-45. Property acquisition is complete for the 293-acre Kuykendahl Detention Basin on Greens Bayou, south of Kuykendahl near Ella Boulevard.

Regina Lindsey is hired by Greenspoint District to serve as GBCC’s first Executive Director.

NRP Group offers to donate land in the West Reach to develop a linear trail system along the bayou.

Texas Parks & Wildlife approves a $97,000 grant for development of Ida Gaye Gardens, a park designed to promote an independent lifestyle for senior citizens. The future park will be located in the North Reach on 3.2 acres at Langwick Drive and West Hardy Road.

In the South Reach, a partnership with Houston Parks Board is formed to develop a canoe launch park, Thomas Bell Foster Park, near the intersection of Greens Bayou Street and Dwight Street, north of Interstate 10.

The National Park Service approves a grant application to provide technical services for a master plan of parks and trails for the entire Greens Bayou corridor.

2010

Reach committees begin work of SWOT (Strength/Weakness/Opportunity/Threat) Analysis to begin Parks and Trails Master Plan. Newsletter publication begins.

Ground breaking at Ida Gaye Gardens for construction.

Successful grant application to Texas Water Development Board for Waste Water Treatment Study of 7,000 acres of unincorporated Harris County near Port of Houston.

2011

Development Director hired with grant funds from Houston Endowment.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker is keynote speaker at Annual Meeting attended by 200 people.

Ida Gaye Gardens opens upon completion of Phase One.

Community meetings are held throughout watershed to get public input on Parks and Trails Master Plan. Over 200 projects are proposed at those meetings. A regional committee representing Houston Parks and Recreation, Houston Parks Board, Bayou Preservation Association and H-GAC meet with Reach Chairs to develop guidelines to determine ten most feasible projects in each reach.

GBCC has a booth and reception at Association of Water Board Directors Summer Conference in Ft. Worth, TX.

2012

Executive Summary of Parks and Trails Master Plan is released at sold out event at St. Arnold Brewery.

Jill Boullion is appointed Executive Director on January 1st.

Col. Christopher Sallese, District Commander USACE – Galveston is keynote speaker at Annual Meeting and full Parks and Trails Master Plan is released.

GBCC hires Manager of Volunteer Programs to begin outreach program to area schools, colleges and corporate groups that would like bayou-focused activities.

Ida Gaye Gardens Phase 2 is completed with installation of senior specific exercise equipment and interpretative signs.

Phase 2 work begins on Thomas Bell Foster Park, the GBCC paddle-trailhead.

National Park Service approves a technical services grant to begin a paddle trail strategic plan in early 2013.

2013

The Paddle Trail Advisory Committee begins meetings and creates a vision for the trail. Volunteers break the 27.5 mile span into six reaches and record baseline conditions data.

In April volunteers from LyondellBasell adopt Thomas Bell Foster Park for Global Care Day and build 1600′ of trails, a canoe launch, park benches and an entry sign. Shortly after the Coalition hosts the Director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, on a kayaking excursion from Foster Park. In May 2013 Bayou Shuttle Service begins weekend Greens Bayou Eagle Tours.

The Coalition hosts its first kayaking trip for board members and sustaining members from Foster Park.

Community projects are now scheduled during the year in all four reaches.

2014

In May LyondellBasell again adopts Thomas Bell Foster Park and volunteers plant more than 2,000 native trees, shrubs and wetlands plants.

The Coalition is awarded a grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife for trails and trailhead amenities in future Jack Drake Park in Greenspoint.

The Paddle Trail Strategic Plan, a partnership with National Park Service, is completed.

2015

The Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project on Greens Bayou receives new start construction status and $8 million in funding for 2015. After a six year advocacy project the $55 million project is scheduled to begin construction.

Two Mid-Reach plan basins, Kuykendahl and Glen Forest, receive funding from Harris County and FEMA. Basin construction will begin in 2015.

The Greenspoint STEP trail is complete and final design for Drake Park is underway.

Trail building begins in the 43-acre Waste Management Nature Preserve on Garners Bayou in the East Reach.

2016

The Coalition officially acquires its first piece of property, a 30 acre tract along Garrett Rd. in our East Reach.

In April, the North Reach partnered with East Aldine Management District for the #SpringFestivalonGreens, a community clean-up and tree planting event with over 100 volunteers cleaning Bill Crowley, 5+ miles of Greens Bayou, and planting 75 native trees along the banks of Greens.

The Coalition is awarded a Union Pacific Railroad Foundation Grant to develop the Parkway Wetlands Outdoor Classroom in our East Reach.

First ever Greens Bayou Regatta is a huge success with +100 boats registered, 80 paddlers, and over $10,000 raised. This annual event will help implement the Greens Bayou Paddle Trail Strategic Plan. Learn more at greensbayouregatta.com

2017

Kelly Snook becomes the Coalition’s 3rd Executive Director bringing over 20 years of Master Park Planning experience.

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