Partys & Rec

Get Out: It's Bayou Greenway Day

This Saturday, take part in the second annual celebration of our city's hard-working parks and rec organizations.

By Leah Rose March 25, 2016

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T.C. Jester Park is the place to be tomorrow for the second Bayou Greenways Day.

In line with the recent Houston Area Greenway planning, a.k.a. Bayou Greenways 2020, the grassy, sprawling T.C. Jester Park and White Oak Bayou Greenway are hosting the city's second annual Bayou Greenway Day tomorrow, promising everything from bayou scenery and bird-watching to Buffalo Soldiers and bike rides.

The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is being facilitated by a network of non-profits and neighborhood organizations, each offering a variety of free activities, food and fun—and, of course, information about their respective organizations.

T.C. Jester Park has been helpfully divided into three zones—Green, Orange and Blue—for easy navigation. The Green Zone at the northern tip of the park that borders West 43rd is the site for the morning's kick-off: a "Kidical Mass" Bike Ride, courtesy of BikeHouston, at 11:15. The big group ride will be followed promptly by opening ceremonies at 11:20 a.m., featuring remarks by Mayor Sylvester Turner, Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen R. Cohen, U.S. Representatives Shelia Jackson and Ted Poe, Commissioner R. Jack Cagle and Senator Rodney Ellis.

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The Bayou Greenways Day festivities are divided into three helpful zones.

The Green Zone also includes a cluster of other collaborators: the Girl Scouts, who have chalk games; Harris County Precinct 4 with a snake exhibit and butterfly arts-and-crafts; the Houston Dynamo with an inflatable soccer goal; Nature & Eclectic Outdoors with interactive camping and s’mores; Project Delta with youth soccer drills; TX Tamale Co., passing out free samples; and the Houston Parks Board, giving out free shirts, just to name a few.

Just to the south, the Orange Zone is much more nature-oriented, featuring booths with folks from the Gulf Coast Master Naturalist, Houston Audubon, the Sierra Club, Trees for Houston and White Oak Bayou Association to name a few.

The Blue Zone is bisected from the Orange by a stretch of trails, food trucks and restrooms.  Once you navigate your way down, you’ll find more free Houston Parks Board shirts as well as an animal adoption event from the Animal Justice league; face painting, cheerleading, dancing and karate from Frank Black Middle School; free smoothie samples from JuiceLand; a baseball clinic from the Oaks Dads’ Club; and demonstrations by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Buffalo Soldiers.

More than 2,000 Houstonians enjoyed the first-ever Bayou Greenway Day last April. With a marching band, interactive campsite, tree planting demonstrations, music, bikes, free food and beautiful weather expected for tomorrow afternoon, you can expect even more of your neighbors to turn out this year.

Bayou Greenway Day, Sat., March 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. T.C. Jester Park, 4201 T.C. Jester Blvd.

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