Mayor Annise Parker, City Council Member Ellen Cohen, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority and TIRZ 5 and the Houston Parks Board will host a "Bridge Bash" to celebrate the completion of a new segment of White Oak Bayou Greenway. Part of Bayou Greenways 2020, the new segment includes new trails and a pedestrian bridge over White Oak Bayou that connect to the Heights trail. The new bridge replaces the former MKT Railroad Bridge (known to some as the BBQ Bridge) between Shepherd Drive and Moy Street.
With these additions, Houstonians now have safer, off-street pedestrian access to and from the White Oak Bayou to the Heights Trail and downtown — an especially significant connection for residents of the Cottage Grove and Heights neighborhoods. Construction now underway will connect these trails to sidewalks along TC Jester Boulevard and existing White Oak Bayou trails north of West 11th Street.
Community members, bicyclists, runners, environmentalists and the general public are invited to join in the "Bridge Bash" festivities, a dedication ceremony and free, family-friendly activities including music, face painting, food trucks and more.