Blue Bayou

sabinetobagbyolive.jpg Chances are, you were one of the thousands of Houstonians this weekend at Blue Bayou, a celebratiion of the grand opening of the Sabine to Bagby Promenade along Buffalo Bayou.

The event was filled with food, beer, bands (including a string quartet), a floating cinema courtesy of the Aurora Picture Show, boats & kayaks buzzing along the Bayou, a video of Monarch butterflies projected against the Sabine Bridge, and the length of the newly developed Promenade awash in cobalt blue lights. Families were strolling the promenade, kids were tumbling down hills and small groups of friends and couples were laying out on blankets. It was a beautiful summer evening and a wonderful way to experience one of Houston’s recent developments.

Spanning 23 acres, the $15 million Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade features trails, beautiful landscaping, a pedestrian bridge, public art and a high-tech lighting system. According to a Chronicle article about the Promenade features, “the lighting system features glowing orbs that will be white when the moon is full and, moving east to west, progressively change to blue as the moon goes through its phases. The lights will be all blue when the new moon appears, and the pattern will reverse itself for the remainder of the lunar cycle.”

If you weren’t able to make it to the Blue Bayou event this weekend and haven’t yet seen the new Promenade, you’re in for a treat. It’s beautiful, clean and also great new route for runners and bicyclists. For more information on the Promenade and other upcoming developments along Buffalo Bayou, check out the Buffalo Bayou Partnership website.

6 Comments so far

  1. Scott (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    It’s pretty amazing. Here’s hoping Houston doesn’t fall back into its bad habit of building, then abandoning parks. I hope showing movies on the water becomes a regular thing!

  2. a~lotus (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

    glad you attended.. or it seems that way. i wrote about this some days back. :)

  3. Governor (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    Oh wow… that looks totally neat! Is construction really complete or are they almost finished with it? I think I’ll go check it out in a few weeks… probably in the late afternoon to avoid the heat. Guess I’ll also have to swim in mosquito repellant too… but I like smelling like Off!

    Neat neat neat! I just love Houston!

  4. Scott (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    Contruction is done.

  5. katya (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    That was a really fun night – I too hope they keep on going with the floating cinema. There’s just something about sitting on the grass with a bunch of strangers while watching a random film that is very cool.

  6. Chris Doelle (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    I wonder if it is all under water now. :(

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