Credit: Tiffany Norman

The Houston Parks Board invited Houstonians to come out and get to know their bayous, and about 3,000 of them did on April 29 at the third annual Bayou Greenway Day along Brays Bayou Greenway at MacGregor Park. This free outdoor festival celebrated the Bayou Greenways, which connect Houstonians to parks and greenspaces – and one another. People of all ages and interests, including many families, checked out this day-long community event presented by Noble Energy.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., families could walk, bike, run, stroll and play along Brays Greenway – the star of this year’s event. Attendees enjoyed free activities while exploring the hike-and-bike trails along the bayou. Event programming provided by nonprofits, neighborhood organizations and local businesses included an obstacle course, face painting, a guided children’s bike ride, music and food trucks, along with kite flying, origami, soccer drills and more. The weather even cooperated, with the rain holding off until later that evening.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and other dignitaries welcomed the crowd to Bayou Greenway Day 2017 during a brief program, emceed by Meteorologist Justin Stapleton of KPRC-TV, Channel 2. The Mayor praised the Parks Board for the vision of Bayou Greenways 2020 and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department for their work in maintaining our city parks. The Bayou City is living up to its name with this ambitious plan of a parks system connecting Houston bayous through 150 miles of hike and bike trails.

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