Texas A&M landscape architecture students are assisting the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Conservation Division with the planning and development of Buffalo Bend Nature Park, a new park to serve east Houston residents.
Students in professors Nancy Volkman’s and Chris Ellis’s senior design studios are collaborating on the project with the Trust for Public Land, Harris County Flood Control District and Harris County Precinct 2 Parks Department. The park enhances the environment, offering opportunities for recreation and nature education, as well as flood control.
The park encompasses three wetland systems with waterways that meander through the parkland before finally opening into the bayou. The wetlands are surrounded by Gulf prairie that transitions to the bayou’s restored riparian forest.
According to the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, a non-profit organization that oversees Buffalo Bayou improvements, because sustainability is the overarching feature of this inner city park, sustainable principles will guide all aspects of the park’s development, from the use of low-impact building materials and solar energy panels, to restoring the once abundant wildlife habitat, ecological productivity and species diversity.