Buffalo Bayou named one of the 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It's already an important part of Houston's landscape and now Buffalo Bayou is being recognized as one of the great spaces in America.
On Wednesday, the American Planning Association listed Buffalo Bayou as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012. The organization says it singled out the nine-mile stretch between Shepherd Drive and Turning Basin Overlook Park for several reasons including its distinctive design and ecological restoration and protection efforts.
"After 176 years, it's great that not just Houstonians are re-acquainting themselves with Buffalo Bayou but we are getting national attention as well," said Mayor Annise Parker.
The city says Buffalo Bayou remains a work in progress with a multi-million dollar renovation project that is expected to be completed in 2015.
The nine other APA 2012 Great Public Spaces are: Bienville Square, Mobile, AL; Cesar Chavez Park and Plaza, Sacramento, CA; Washington Park, Denver, CO; Chicago Botanic Garden, IL; Chicago Union Station, Chicago, IL; Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA; Village Green, Bar Harbor, ME; Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, OR; and Ritter Park, Huntington, WV.
- Parts of Astrodome to be demolished
- Smoke prompts IAH Terminal B evacuations 26 min ago
- Mom killed in SW Houston; husband charged
- Man wakes up locked in jet at Bush IAH
- North Korea purges Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle
- Wrecker driver shot in NE Houston
- Storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic 54 min ago
- Salvation Army ringer sets 105-hour record
- Paul Walker memorial in California draws thousands
- North Texans dealing with ice storm aftermath
- Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger's
- Officials find 11 dead whales in Florida Keys
- Local post offices open Sundays for holiday rush
- No more ice, but cold weather continues