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Buffalo Bayou Partnership
http://buffalobayou.org/

Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the nonprofit organization transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource. BBP's geographic focus is the 10-square-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. BBP spearheads award-winning capital projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park, protects land for future parks, constructs hike and bike trails, and operates comprehensive clean-up and maintenance programs.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership also seeks ways to activate Buffalo Bayou through pedestrian, boating, and biking amenities; volunteer activities; permanent and temporary art installations; and wide-ranging tours and events that attract thousands.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership believes in actively engaging volunteers in the maintenance of Buffalo Bayou, Houston's historic waterway. Houstonians ages 9 and up are invited to donate their valuable time and energy to restore and protect Buffalo Bayou's parks and trails. Each year, volunteers contribute thousands of hours weeding, removing litter and debris, spreading mulch, and helping with other tasks.

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Gala, held in November each year, is BBP's most important fundraiser. Guests enjoy cocktails and a seated dinner in a beautiful tent overlooking Buffalo Bayou and Houston's dazzling downtown skyline.

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta is a 15-mile race along scenic Buffalo Bayou, held in March each year. Not only is this Texas' largest canoe and kayak race, it is one of the top five largest in the nation, with 500 boat entries (900 participants). Free finish line festivities at Sesquicentennial Park include live zydeco music, awards, and more.