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B U F FA LO B AYO U PA RT N E R S H I P 2013 annual report

Great public spaces make cities come alive and are key to their vitality. They also make residents feel proud of their city and often are the reason they decide to stay. Buffalo Bayou is doing all that and more.

DEAR FRIENDS, History-making transformation is taking place along Houston’s historic waterway. If you walked, hiked or just drove by Buffalo Bayou Park in 2013, you undoubtedly noticed new pedestrian bridges, expansive tree plantings, and other amenities under construction. In Downtown and the East End respectively, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) finalized plans for the long-awaited Sunset Coffee Building’s renovation at Allen’s Landing and Buffalo Bend Nature Park near the Port of Houston Turning Basin. BBP-sponsored events such as the Buffalo Bayou Regatta, KBR Kids Day and Buffalo Bayou Ball broke all-time fundraising and attendance records while the organization’s Buffalo Bayou Park capital campaign came one step closer to its $58 million goal. BBP’s board and staff take great pride in our 2013 accomplishments. But equally, if not more gratifying, has been seeing the increasing number of people using the bayou. Whether biking, hiking, canoeing or kayaking, Houstonians of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds are enjoying Buffalo Bayou’s trails and parks. Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s 28 years of progress would not have been possible without the unwavering support from our public sector partners and private donors. We sincerely thank you for your commitment to Houston’s historic waterway and to our organization. As we continue our transformational work in the year ahead, we ask that you join us in creating Buffalo Bayou’s “green spaces and people places.” Thank you!! Sincerely,

Sis Johnson Anne Olson Board Chair President


BUFFALO BAYOU PARK Significant and awe-inspiring progress took place at Buffalo Bayou Park from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street in 2013. In cooperation with our partners, Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) and Houston Parks & Recreation Department, park enhancements are already making a difference in Houstonians’ lives. On any given day, you will see mothers with strollers, Millennials jogging, and people from all walks of life and countries enjoying the park. Buffalo Bayou Park is truly becoming THE place where people want to be.


In 2010, the Kinder Foundation awarded a catalyst $30 million grant for Buffalo Bayou Park, one of the largest private gifts in the history of Houston’s park system. Buffalo Bayou Partnership is committed to raising the remaining $23 million needed to complete the project. Over the 30-year life of the project, Downtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) #3 will contribute $2 million per year for the park’s maintenance and operations.

Bridging the Bayou In 2013, three new pedestrian bridges opened, providing improved safety and important connectivity to nearby neighborhoods and park amenities. Shepherd Drive Bridge With this new bridge, park users no longer have to use narrow sidewalks and fight dangerous on-coming traffic. A project of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of Houston, the new pedestrian connection was installed below the existing Shepherd Drive Bridge.

Jackson Hill Bridge

Jackson Hill Bridge Crossing the bayou got considerably easier in 2013 with the installation of the Jackson Hill Bridge. The 355-foot-long structure (length of a football field) connects with the existing bridge over Memorial Drive, providing access to the bayou’s south bank and neighborhoods to the north. Carruth Bridge Providing first-time access to the Police Memorial, the Carruth Bridge is a welcome park addition. The Carruth Foundation, a long-time and dedicated supporter of BBP, generously donated $1 million for this new park amenity.

Tree Tops & TRAILS

Brian Trepp (Junction Landscape) and Wendy Craven (Apache Corporation Community Outreach Manager) inspect trees donated by Apache Corporation.

Restoring Buffalo Bayou Park’s rich landscape began in earnest with the planting of nearly 1,000 native trees, many donated by Apache Corporation. Continue to watch for the planting of thousands of Redbuds, Cypress and Red Maples, which will bring year-long color to the bayou’s banks. The long-awaited Sandy Reed Memorial Trail opened in 2013. Serving as the park’s backbone, the 10-foot-wide concrete trail was a project of TxDOT and the City of Houston. Anticipating heavy use by cyclists, BBP has designed narrower asphalt footpaths for walkers and joggers.

Buffalo Bayou Park’s footpaths, which will extend throughout the park, offer walkers and joggers a comfortable surface and close access to the bayou. 5

Partnering for the Prairie BBP launched a collaboration with the Katy Prairie Conservancy in 2013. Throughout the year, Conservancy staff and volunteers combed nearby prairies to collect native wildflower and grass seeds that ultimately will be planted in 11 acres throughout the park. Once completed, these prairies will be magnets for wildlife, an attraction for photographers, and a reminder of Houston’s rich ecological history.

Lighting it up Installation of the park’s Lunar Cycle Lighting was completed from Sabine Street to Montrose Boulevard on the bayou’s north bank. Transitioning from white to blue as the moon waxes and wanes, the lighting will illuminate the Sandy Reed Memorial Trail, bridges and other park destinations.

LET IT FLOW Year’s end brought completion of Harris County Flood Control District’s (HCFCD) channel conveyance work and realignment north of the Police Memorial west of Sabine Street. Additionally, sediment removal and grading of the channel’s slopes were completed in the Montrose Boulevard area. Hundreds of native trees were planted at those sites and other park locations.


Lunar cycle lighting along the Buffalo Bayou Park trails.

Channel realignment by HCFCD north of the Police Memorial creates one of the most scenic park sites and provides dramatic views of the downtown skyline.

People Power In July, BBP welcomed Gregg Burks as the new Buffalo Bayou Park Director. Hailing from Texas, Gregg previously served as Director of Operations at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park where he led a $46 million expansion. Gregg will eventually supervise a staff of 20 full-time employees and seasonal crews to ensure that Buffalo Bayou Park is well maintained.

Communicating with the Community —C  ontinuing to seek community input and keep the public informed of Buffalo Bayou Park’s progress has been a BBP priority. Over 100 people attended a fall meeting where project consultant Guy Hagstette answered questions and received the public’s feedback on park construction. —T  o get the word out about Buffalo Bayou Park’s improvements, BBP hosted a series of informal gatherings for residents living along the bayou. —“Walk and Talks,” Saturday morning informal events held at the “dog park” off Allen Parkway, also helped spread the word about Buffalo Bayou Park’s transformation.

“When the Buffalo Bayou improvements are completed, what a jewel we will have in Houston’s crown!” —dana kervin clark

DOW NTOWN Sunset Coffee Building BBP kicked off the year with a groundbreaking event to celebrate the long-awaited restoration of the Sunset Coffee Building at Allen’s Landing, Houston’s birthplace and first port. Transforming the building into a major bayou destination is a joint effort of BBP and Houston First, a local government corporation that oversees the city’s convention and cultural facilities. Housed in the building will be a boating/biking concession, BBP’s office, a rooftop terrace, and exhibition space highlighting Houston’s history. Construction will be completed in spring 2015.


TIGER trail under construction.

Hike and Bike Trail One of Buffalo Bayou’s most unique trails will be constructed under a network of downtown streets. Connecting Smith Street at Sesquicentennial Park to Milam Street near Allen’s Landing will be the $4.6 million “TIGER” trail. Funded through the highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program administered by the Federal Highway Administration, the trail is part of a $30 million project that is making possible trails and on-street bike and pedestrian connections along Buffalo and White Oak bayous and East End streets. BBP partnered with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Parks Board and Greater East End Management District to provide the $4 million in local matching dollars and an additional $15 million to make the overall project possible. BBP contributed $1 million which was generously donated by a BBP board member.


Finding Common Ground— Livable Centers Study

With significant restoration and redevelopment at Buffalo Bayou Park and Allen’s Landing, it is the right time to turn to the bayou’s east sector to make a comparable level of investment. Meeting that goal came one step closer in 2013 when BBP, Fifth Ward Redevelopment Corporation and Greater East End Management District were awarded a $230,000 Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) grant for a Livable Centers Study, a planning initiative designed to create walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, multi-modal transportation choices and private investment leveraged from public improvements. A key component of the Livable Centers Study will be identifying connections from the Fifth Ward and East End to the bayou where BBP owns considerable property. Strategically located between these two historic and culturally rich neighborhoods, Buffalo Bayou can be the “bridge” that unites these two distinct areas, creating a combined and compelling vision. The study will serve as a prototype for a comprehensive master plan of the bayou’s entire east sector that BBP hopes to get underway in the very near future. The Livable Centers Study grew out of an American Leadership Forum (ALF) class, which sought to strengthen collaborative decision-making among diverse East End and Fifth Ward leaders.

Buffalo Bend Nature Park Located at the Port of Houston Turning Basin, Buffalo Bend Nature Park is becoming a beautiful and much needed trailhead. Improvements already in place include three storm water filtration ponds, a natural amphitheater and native wetland plantings. In 2013, Harris County Precinct Two, the park’s owner, agreed to provide BBP with matching funds for a $500,000 Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) grant that will make possible the following enhancements— boardwalks, learning station, trails and interpretive signage. BBP is currently focused on purchasing a trail easement from an adjacent property owner. Through this acquisition, Buffalo Bend Nature Park eventually will be connected to the City’s Hidalgo Park resulting in 23 acres of continuous open space.

Hike and Bike Trails BBP’s long term goal is to put in place a continuous trail from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. Incrementally, easements have been secured from more than 20 private and public property owners to make this vision a reality. During the past year, BBP worked with the Houston Housing Authority and CenterPoint Energy to acquire critical “missing links” that will help connect trails from the west to the East End. In 2014, TxDOT and BBP hope to begin construction on a trail and pedestrian bridge at the Houston Housing Authority’s Clayton Homes site, just east of US 59. 9


raised for Buffalo Bayou Park as of December 31, 2013


raised at Buffalo Bayou Ball


raised at Buffalo Bayou Regatta

l to r Sis Johnson (BBP Chair), Susan Peterson (River Oaks Garden Club President), Kelty Crain and Verlinde Doubleday (Gala Co-Chairs), Sue White (The Garden Club of Houston President) and Anne Olson (BBP President)


Each and every day, Houstonians are becoming more passionate about Buffalo Bayou and all it has to offer. Along with this growing interest and enthusiasm has come overwhelming generosity from Houston’s leading foundations, corporations and philanthropists.

— S ignificant progress was made towards completion of the Buffalo Bayou Park $58 million capital campaign. — B BP also participated in the collaborative Give 5 to Conserve Houston campaign and the Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason program. —A  record number 500 canoes and kayaks raced to the finish line in the 2013 Buffalo Bayou Regatta. Now in its 41st year, the event has become Houston’s “rite of spring.” — B BP’s 2013 Buffalo Bayou Ball, Green & Growing, honored River Oaks Garden Club and The Garden Club of Houston for their contributions to horticulture, conservation and civic beautification.


BAYOU BUDDIES Bayou Buddies, BBP’s young professionals group, hosted its annual spring Bayou Bash, at Sabine Promenade. More than 700 guests enjoyed an afternoon of crawfish, music and lawn games, raising a record $34,000 for the organization. Bayou Buddies members also enjoyed social, educational and volunteer activities throughout 2013. 2013 Bayou Buddies Steering Committee Brittany Taggart, co-chair Kelly Waterman, co-chair Addison Bailey Josh Barvin Travis Buchanan Patrick Cohn Cassie Detering Kimberly Hester Josh Ibarra Rice Lummis Jill Malavansos Cara Merriman Kusum and Cody Patel Katharine Plangman Lindsey Putterman Daniel Romero Kevin Schott Hilary Sealy Claire Smith Jennifer Traina-Dorge Kim Tuthill Katie Uhlenbrock Caroline Urquhart Ryan Walsh Suzanne Weaver Mary Catherine White Taylor Wroblewski Young professionals planting trees at Japhet Creek during the annual Planting on the Parkway event, hosted by BBP’s Bayou Buddies and Trees For Houston’s RedBuds.


$7 million in marketing value from print, TV and radio secured in 2013

PR + EVENTS BBP continued its efforts to activate the bayou by creating innovative marketing tools, sponsoring its ever popular annual events and pontoon boat tours, as well as bringing “on board” new activities.

Trail Guide BBP’s Trail Guide debuted in 2013. Whether exploring Buffalo Bayou by foot, bike or paddlecraft, visitors are now able to better plan their routes and obtain information on trails, parks and other destinations. The fold-out map, funded by METRO, showcases 10 miles of Buffalo Bayou—from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. Guest at the mobile app launch party downloading the new Buffalo Bayou Guide.

Mobile App Another valuable communication tool—the Buffalo Bayou Guide mobile application arrived during the year. Everything bayou visitors want to know about Buffalo Bayou Park and Downtown bayou areas can now be found in the palm of their hands. BBP collaborated with its long-time graphic design firm CORE Design Studio and Pariveda Solutions, a technology consultant firm whose summer interns created the app, with Pariveda donating more than $300,000 of in-kind services. 13

BRUNCH ON THE BAYOU Brunch on the Bayou was the unique fall ribbon cutting event celebrating the opening of Buffalo Bayou Park’s Jackson Hill and Carruth Bridges. Hundreds of Saturday morning joggers and bikers stopped by for tasty treats and libations courtesy of Kroger and other eateries.

Kids Day The beautiful October weather was a perfect fall backdrop for the seventh annual KBR Kids Day, Wild on Buffalo Bayou! This free family festival brought thousands to downtown’s Sabine Promenade. Over 20 non-profit organizations offered interactive environmental and art displays as well as hands-on activities. Adding to the fun were many local performers showing their dance moves. The birds of prey shows rounded out the WILD day. 14

Blanket Bingo

UnSilent Night

Downtown neighbors and friends grabbed their blankets and lawn chairs and headed to Market Square Park for Blanket Bingo, an inaugural series sponsored by the Downtown Management District, with proceeds benefiting BBP.

Partnering with the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, BBP brightened up the holidays by hosting Unsilent Night, an interactive music parade that is guaranteed to be an annual event.

Celebrating the Jackson Hill Bridge opening l to r Joe Turner (Houston Parks & Recreation Department Director), Brady Carruth (BBP Chair Emeritus), Sis Johnson (BBP Chair), Council Member Ellen Cohen, Kevin Shanley (SWA Group President), Anne Olson (BBP President), Jason Millis (Millis Development and Construction President), and Council Member Stephen Costello

“You guys have done such a magical thing for the city’s residents.” —chad luhan

REACHING OUT Whether it’s planting trees, pulling weeds or removing invasive vines, volunteers play an important role in helping maintain and beautify Buffalo Bayou. In 2013, more than 1,000 individuals, corporate employees and students contributed their valuable time to assist BBP with conservation and maintenance. Volunteers also provided vitally needed administrative assistance and event support. With increased maintenance and operations responsibilities being taken on in Buffalo Bayou Park, volunteers will be needed more than ever in the coming years. BBP is already making plans to expand its partnership with the Harris County Corrections’ community service program and to partner with SER Jobs for Progress, a workforce training program. top As part of Budweiser America Made Better, employees from both the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler Silver Eagle Distributors and the local Anheuser-Busch Brewery help beautify Buffalo Bend Nature Park. left Employees from Tenaris, an oilfield equipment services company, have been volunteering at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Tapley Tributary for six years. bottom Students from KIPP Academy lend a hand to clear invasives at Tapley Tributary.



cubic yards of trash and debris removed in 2013


hours logged by Harris County correctional programs’ workforce


A strong public-private partnership makes possible a comprehensive clean-up program for Buffalo Bayou. Now in its 11th year, the initiative is funded by Harris County Flood Control District, Shell Oil Company and the Port of Houston Authority. In 2013, BBP’s five-member field crew worked tirelessly on the water using specially-designed skimmer boats and on land picking up more than 3,000 cubic yards of trash and debris—enough to fill 250 dump trucks. Supplementing BBP’s staff is a workforce of probationers and jail inmates from several Harris County correctional programs who contributed 15,000 volunteer hours. Over the past two years, BBP has expanded its clean-up of certain areas along Brays and White Oak bayous.

2013 DONORS GENERAL OPERATIONS/ ANNUAL FUND $30,000 City of Houston $5,000–15,000 American General Life Insurance Company George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Martha Turner Properties The Powell Foundation Leslie Elkins and Shannon Sasser The Tapeats Fund Susan Vaughan Foundation $1,000–4,999 Anonymous Guy Burdett Lynda G. and David L. Daniel Ann and Bob Elder Frost Bank Dr. Cullen K. Geiselman Alfred C. Glassell III Hotel ICON Katz Coffee Kathleen and Randall Lake Paul Longstreth Luke’s Locker Incorporated Nena Duncan Marsh Ellen and Bill Morris Robertson-Finley Foundation Shannon and Justin Robinson Anne and Taft Symonds Terri and Ray Thomas Naomi Turner True Foundation Van Dyke Energy Company $250–999 Anonymous (3) BP Fabric of America Fund/ Harris A. Reynolds BP Foundation, Inc. Vera and Andrew M. Baker Sally and Jack Banttari Katy and Logan Boatman Pauline W. Bolton Buffalo Exchange Chevron Humankind Matching Gift Program Anne and Kenneth Engerrand Gayle and Bob Eury Robert Fife Cece Fowler in honor of Sis Johnson Cece and Mack Fowler Richard T. Gilbane Jill Barson Gilbert and Jeffrey S. Gilbert Nancy Gold


Tami Hamilton Anne Hawkins Brian Hollowell Kaye S. Horn in honor of Nancy Kinder & Family/ Kinder Foundation Indie Empire LLC Wendy and Mavis Kelsey, Jr. Mark Parthie and Steven Kirkland Carla Knobloch Dr. Brendan and Maria Lee Local Pour Susan and David Lummis Kay and Bob MacIntyre Garrick Malone Mongoose versus Cobra Jane and Jeremy Nelson Northwind Energy Partners, LLC Cindy and B. Kelley Parker III Power-Flow International, Inc. Dr. Mark and Jennifer Pratchett Price Dick and Jane Schmitt Liz and Max Schuette Rebecca Marvil and Brian Smyth The Southampton Group Lynn N. Swanson in honor of Clayton Erikson’s birthday Deborah and Don Turkleson V.H. “Pete” Van Horn Waste Management in honor of Harry Lamberton Jo and Jim Wiginton Wallace S. Wilson Sallie and Bob Wright $100–249 13 Celsius AIG Matching Grants Program Deb and Jim Adams Anonymous (4) David Arpin in memory of Marjorie Danielson Susan and Billy Bauch Priscilla and Patrick Blossom Christina Bryan Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company Betty T. Chapman Ken Council Brian Crimmins Jane and William Curtis Cindy and Doug Davey Mary S. and Jack Dawson Mary Carol Edwards Terri Gray Jan and Chilton Greer Rita and Mike Grogan Laura Hannusch Peter Hermann Michael Hogan

Houston Endowment Inc./Debbie McNulty Halcyon and Craig Learned Elizabeth Spalding and Eric LeBlanc Jane P. and Donald K. Lehto Tommy Lott Dolores M. and Thomas L. Michael PWEG Jeffrey W. Pferd Phillips 66 Pam and Jim Pool Robin Butler and Janelle Rettig in honor of Carol and William Butler Debbie McNulty and Dean Ruck Jeri and Marc Shapiro in honor of Carol Butler Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts Program Mrs. Matthew Simmons Jim Murdaugh and Gary Smith in honor of our good friend, Sis Johnson Karen and Jack Stopnicki David Swenson Emily L. Todd Hulse Wagner The Wave Mary Weinert Penelope Wolter In-Kind Tom Kelsey Pariveda Solutions United Airlines


October 19, 2013 $35,000 KBR $2,500 Children’s Memorial Hermann $1,000 Comcast Texas Children’s Health Plan $250 911 Wildlife LLC Green Mountain Energy Company Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. In-Kind Chipotle City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events Downtown District The Greensheet Houston Family Magazine Houston First Corporation Houston Parks & Recreation Department KHOU-Channel 11 News 92FM United Airlines YELP


November 7, 2013 $25,000 The Crain Foundation $13,000–15,000 Frost Bank Barbara and Gerald D. Hines Land Rover Houston Central John P. McGovern Foundation $10,000 Amegy Bank of Texas Collier and Richard Blades/Sarita and Bob Hixon Carol and Bill Butler Mo and Ric Campo Jeanie and Tom Carter CenterPoint Energy Barbara K. Chiles Pam and Jimmy Erwin Susan and Mike Garver Sis and Hasty Johnson Susan L. Lawhon Susan and Antone Peterson RPH Consulting Group with Co-Sponsors CGL a Hunt Company, Hale-Mills Construction and Morris Architects Leslie and Shannon Sasser Mary Eliza and Park Shaper Waste Management $5,000 Julie and Drew Alexander Atlantic Trust Baker Botts L.L.P./Bob Wright Jane and James Bonham Brookfield Office Properties Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors Cameron Management Central Houston, Inc./Houston Downtown Management District Cathy and Joe Cleary/Camille and Grier Patton Jacquelyn and Collin Cox/ Charlie and Marsha Parker Susie and Sanford Criner/Cece and Mack Fowler Dorothy and Ronny Cuenod/Susie and Skip McGee Verlinde and Bill Doubleday/ Leslye and David Weaver Jenny and Jim Elkins Family Fund Clayton and Shel Erikson ExxonMobil Cullen Geiselman Glenwood Cemetery Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau Claudia and David Hatcher Jerry Jeanmard and Cliff Helmcamp/ Guy Hagstette and Doug Lawing Hines Houston First Corporation John Daugherty, Realtors Susan and Richard Keeton/Lorraine and Ed Wulfe Ann and Tom Kelsey/Wendy and Mavis Kelsey, Jr. Kroger

Dillon Kyle and Sam Lasseter Judy and Frank Lee/Carolyn and Bill Utt Cathy C. Malone/Beth Robertson Laura and Mike McDaniel Vivie and Chris O’Sullivan Cabrina and Steven Owsley PageSoutherlandPage Mimi and Charlie Prioleau Susanne and Bill Pritchard Carolyn and James Robertson Lillie Robertson Lisa and Dana Roy/Julie and Mike Taetz Schlumberger Jan & Tom Simmons Fund in honor of Verlinde Doubleday Barbara and Louis Sklar Thompson + Hanson, Inc. $1,250–3,000 Laura and Tom Bacon Anne and Kinder Baumgardner Marianna and Chris Brewster Randy Elkins–Stewart Title Elmore Public Relations, Inc. Jo and Jim Furr Georga and Judd Harrison Jill and Dunham Jewett Donna and Larry Maddox Nancy and Neal Manne Erica and Scott McCready Millis Development & Construction, Inc. Audrey and Robb Moses Linda and Tim Peterson Liz and Matt Rotan Evelyn and Kevin Shanley Anne Whitlock and Michael Skelly June and Bob Stobaugh Karen and Jack Stopnicki Lisa and Barron Wallace Nina and Michael Zilkha $750–1,000 Neelo and Sami Ahmad Francey Pengra and Ed Allday Allison and Joe Bailey Minnie and Will Baird Bank of Houston Meg Goodman and Mike Bonini Sharon and Chip Bryan Marjorie and Walker Cain Chevron Humankind Matching Gift Program Meredith and Fielding Cocke Allyson and Steve Cook Kit and Carl Detering Susan and Pat Doherty Kackie and David Dunwoody Tara and Stacy Eastland Anne and Kenneth Engerrand Gail and Arthur Faris Shari and Tom Fish Cheri and Andy Fossler Betsy and Jim Frost Gibson’s Landscape Contractors Inc. Margaret and Jamie Griffith

Gerald D. Higdon Highland Resources, Inc. Becky and Mark Hobson Kaye and Steve Horn Dodie and Richard Jackson Kim and Tom Jameson Lynn and Ty Kelly Carmen and Johnny Knapp Vicki and B. John Lange III Harriet and Truett Latimer Carter and William Lee Sherman Lewis III Klinka and John Lollar Sandy and Richard Lucas Sallie and Bob Mansell Susan and Tom Martin Ann and Frank McGuyer Sarah and Doug McMurrey Sarah and Jeff McParland Lisa and Downing Mears Ginni and Richard Mithoff Anne and Jack Moriniere Anne Lewis and David Morris Lisa and Joe Neuhaus Betty and Stephen Newton Melinda and James Noel Judy and Scott Nyquist Lisa and Mike O’Leary Carol Ann and Bob Paddock Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Penland, Jr. Elizabeth B. and Robert W. Phillips Sarah and Steve Pitt Dr. William H. Quayle Isla and T. R. Reckling III Richards/Carlberg Liz and Robert Rigney Martha Ann and Byron Snyder Vanessa and Juan Sola Johnny Steele Anne and Tio Suman Anne and Taft Symonds Laura F. and William R. Thomas Kim and Dan Tutcher Lydia Tamez and Ray Valdez Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Watt III Sharyn and Jim Weaver Alice M. Timmins and Mary B. Whaling Sue White Margaret and Jerry Wolfe $300–500 Cameron Ansari Susan and Jim Baker Ginger and Jack Blanton Katherine O. Brooks Claire P. Caudill Patricia and David Dewhurst Sara Paschall Dodd Marsha Dodson Sidney and Albert B. Fay, Jr. in honor of Betsy and Bob Phillips Cindy and David Fitch Deborah Wandel Francis 19

Anne and Robin French Nancy E. Garfield Mary Gregory Hester and George Hawkins Ann Lents and David Heaney Gail and Mike Hendryx in honor of Mr. and Mrs. David J. Weaver Gayle and Richard Hightower in honor of Kelty and Verlinde Artie Lee Hinds Mimi and Rob Kerr Laura Lee Klemp Jeane and Joe Laughlin Marian “Mimi” Lloyd June and Tommy Lott Sally and Robert Meadows Nancy Moncrief Suzanne Morris Chad and Anat Shaw/LeRoy and Adelle Shaw Colleen Sherlock George Sutherland Anne White $100–250 Melinda and Joe Abell BNIM Glenda and Hugh Barrett Rosanna and Myron Blalock Polly and Murry Bowden Ted and Laura Christiansen Dr. and Mrs. John Craddock Linda Shead and Tom Douglas Carolyn and David Edgar Stephanie K. Fox/Botanica Landscaping Services Mary and Jim Henderson in honor of Sis Johnson Sharon and Jim Hibbert Lee Huber Erik Ibarra Nancy and John Keely Carmen D. Laffey Martha Turner Properties Sally and Gaines Matthews in honor of Kelty Crain and Carol Butler Susan and David Miclette Kim Ogg Danielle Ranneft Debbie and Frank Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Scott Schroer Louis H. Skidmore, Jr. Lynn N. Swanson in honor of Kelty Crain Bette and Ralph Thomas Matthew Zeve In-Kind A Fare Extraordinaire Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Dripping Springs Vodka Houston First Corporation Houston Parks & Recreation Department LD Systems New Nurseries United Airlines 20


March 16, 2013 $10,000 BRH-Garver Construction $3,000–5,000 Brookfield Office Properties Deloitte & Touche LLP The Lionstone Group Schlumberger Waste Management $700–1,000 AECOM Bayou on the Bend Apartments Hines Millis Development & Construction Inc. REI Richards/Carlberg River Oaks Emergency Center LLC SWA Group Weston Solutions, Inc. Windsor Communities $350 Bayou Shuttle Service, LLC Beneficial Pest Control Clark Condon Associates, Inc. Layne and Jonathan Frels LJA Engineering, Inc. $100–250 Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors Green Mountain Energy Company Houston Canoe Club Inc Sis and Hasty Johnson Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. Elizabeth D. Williams In-Kind American Canoe Association Austin Canoe & Kayak Bayou City Outdoors Chipotle Downtown District Fuller Realty Partners, LLC The Greensheet Harris County Flood Control District Houston’s Eagle 106.9 and 107.5 Houston First Corporation Houston Press Katz Coffee Lead Optimize Northwest Amateur Radio Society Saint Arnold Brewing Company SouthWest PaddleSports US Army Corps of Engineers Unilev Management Corporation United Airlines Wave Shuttle Service YELP


April 13, 2013 $2,500 Frost Bank Gensler Katy Optiks MORGAN - Premier Living $750–1,000 The Detering Company E & J Gallo Winery Marquis Lofts Thompson & Knight LLP $250–500 Baker Botts Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC LESCO Architectural Lighting Leslye and David Weaver C. J. White Foundation In-Kind Arnaud’s Restaurant Benjy’s on Washington Big Yoga Janica Boles Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. The Cajun Shop CultureMap Debra Villeneuve Interiors Define Body and Mind Judy Dekan Electric Attitude Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar—River Oaks Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau Greenling Haven Hotel Monteleone and Chollo Restaurant Houston First Corporation Houston Grand Opera Houston Parks & Recreation Department Houston Symphony Image Cinema Photo Booths The Journey Agents Katy Optiks Lodge Lumber Co., Inc. Metro Anglers Mockingbird Bistro The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Paulson Designs Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Rise Fishing Company Saint Arnold Brewing Company Temple Fork Outfitters United Airlines

RUN FOR A REASON $350–1,000 Edward Allen Anonymous Don Burney Chipotle

Ronald Cuellar Raphael DAmico Michael Doolin Arnie Farbstein Steven Jones Amy Kelly Lee Morgenthaler Kevin Oeffinger Alexa Porter Rahul Reddy John Steinbeck Russell Teal $100–250 Patricia Ballard Rebecca Costigan Greg Giacona Neil and Mike Greene Penny Haber Tom and Dawna Menges Laura Menges Matthew Mitchell Sue Mitchell David Morris Gary and Marjorie Morris Julie Julilath Naytigarn Townes Pressler Doug Selwyn Juka Smits Maedell Davis Wimberly Fundraising for Registration Participants Margaret Brown Peter Chantharaj Matthew Mitchell David Morris Caroline Urquhart

CONSERVATION $1,000–5,000 Enervest LTD The Lents Foundation Maersk Oil River Network Tenaris $250–750 Anonymous BP Fabric of America Fund/Megan Parks Eileen Hatcher and Jim Ohmart in memory of Margaret and Jess Skinner

SKIMMER BOAT PROGRAM $300,000+ Harris County Flood Control District

CLEAN & GREEN PROGRAM $100,000 Shell Oil Company $50,000 Port of Houston Authority

HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS $5,000 Houston Endowment Inc./Anthony Hall, Jr. $100 Tom and Christy Compson

BUFFALO BEND NATURE PARK $5,000–10,000 The Clayton Fund The Peterson Charitable Lead Trust REI $500 Becky Houston and Nat Smith


All campaign gifts/multi-year pledges as of December 31, 2013 $30,000,000 Kinder Foundation $2,000,000–5,000,000 The Brown Foundation, Inc. Harris County Flood Control District Houston Endowment Inc. Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P. The Wortham Foundation, Inc. $500,000–1,075,000 The Carruth Foundation, Inc. The Cullen Foundation Ray C. Fish Foundation The Fondren Foundation Hobby Family Foundation Wortham Insurance $100,000–250,000 The Brown Foundation, Inc./Nancy Abendshein/ River Oaks Garden Club Brady Carruth Dan L. Duncan Family John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation The Elkins Foundation The Garden Club of Houston Bob and Annie Graham Family H-E-B Hines Meredith J. and Cornelia C. Long Kathrine G. McGovern The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation Scurlock Foundation Susan Vaughan Foundation $30,000–$80,000 ACE Group Chinhui Juhn and Edward R. Allen Apache Corporation Chubb & Son Kelty and Rogers Crain Crane Foundation Downtown TIRZ #3 Marcia and Michael Feldman GID Urban Development Group The Hamill Foundation Sis and Hasty Johnson

Mithoff Family Charitable Foundation Mary Eliza and Park Shaper Sterling-Turner Foundation Texas Mutual Insurance Company The Vale-Asche Foundation $10,000–25,000 Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation Anonymous BBVA Compass Polly and Murry Bowden The Gordon A. Cain Foundation The Clayton Fund Ann Marie and Mark Cover Virginia Hoops and Thomas Lee Doggett Clayton and Shel Erikson Nijad and Zeina Fares Jerry and Nanette Finger Family Foundation Susan and Mike Garver Cathy, Reggie and Allison Guettner in honor of Ed Wulfe Guy Hagstette Russell and Diana Hawkins Ann Lents & J. David Heaney Foundation Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Jack H. and William M. Light Charitable Trust Locke Lord LLP/The Kayser Foundation John P. McGovern Foundation Ellen and Bill Morris Roxann and Tim Neumann The Family of Joe and Anne Romano Leslie Elkins and Shannon Sasser Scurlock Foundation Vivian L. Smith Foundation Transwestern The Travelers Companies, Inc. Leslye and David Weaver Meg and Dick Weekley The West Endowment $2,500–7,500 Neelofur and Sami Ahmad Mary Ann McCulley and Edward C. Bajorek The Brown Foundation, Inc./Nancy O’Connor Harry S & Isabel C Cameron Foundation Central Houston Civic Improvement Mitch and Libby Cheney Carolyn and Doug Corbett Jacquelyn and Collin Cox John Cryer, III/PageSoutherlandPage Kelly Dehay and Rod Danielson in honor of Anne Goodman, Georgia Huff, Larry Hughes Jennifer and Steve Dolman Felvis Foundation/David Graham Lisa Foronda in honor of HARRA Harriet and Joe Foster Patrick G. Grant Melissa and Albert Grobmyer/Puffer-Sweiven The Hanover Insurance Group Houston Architecture Foundation Marie and Edward Kaminski


Melissa and Steven Kean Matt and Carolyn Khourie Meredith and Harry Lamberton Alene R. Levy Sherman L. Lewis III/Lewis Group LLP The Lionstone Group Christiana and John Luke McConn, III Chrissi and Mike Morgan Fund Newfield Exploration Company Ralph E. and Michaelene Lusk Norton Judy and Scott Nyquist The Robert R. and Kay M. Onstead Foundation Cynthia L. and Mark J. Ormson/ Lu Quast Memorial Bench Fund Charlie Parker Adrian Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Phillips The Powell Foundation Winifred and Carleton Riser Kim and David Ruth Colleen Sherlock Bob and Marty Stein Strake Foundation James E. Street Anne and Taft Symonds Bill and Marie Wise Geraldina I. and Scott W. Wise Sallie and Bob Wright $500–2,000 Kim and Ian Anderson Nory Angel Anonymous Jeffrey R. Armstrong Toni and Isaac Arnold, Jr. Louise and Thomas Bannigan Brian and Celeste Bichey Susan and Ron Blankenship Minnette and Peter Boesel Richard T. Bradley Anne and Will Britt Martha Lou Broussard Anne and Peter Brown in honor of Ed Wulfe Larry & Katherine Buck Fund in honor of Ed Wulfe Ramona Alms and Gary Burrows Carol and Bill Butler Christina Cabral Paul Cannings, Jr.-RPH Consulting Group Gayl and Chuck Carlberg Cathy and Paul Chapman Chevron Humankind Matching Gift Program Allyson and Steve Cook Corporate Care Mark and Tonja Cunningham Susie and Joe Dilg Drew Domalakes Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doyle Kathryn and Gary Dudley Jean and Erik Eriksson Gayle and Bob Eury SK and Marie Fay Evnochides Gail and Arthur Faris


Shari and Thomas Fish D.V. (Sonny) Flores William V. Flores Bolivar Fraga John G. Garza Kate and Steve Gibson Eleanor and Dan Gilbane Jeff Gillham Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Gregory Jamie and Margaret Griffith Christin Dietze and Katie Harrington Harris County Improvement District #1 in honor of Ed Wulfe Gerald D. Higdon Eric Hochberg Houston Arts Alliance The Howley Family James W. Irvine Korsh and Ally Jafarnia Lynne and Wayne Johnson Susan Keeton Howard and Ada Kiatta Kinder Foundation in honor of Ed Wulfe Marie Louise and David Kinder Fund Mark Land Sandi and Jim Lemming The Lents Foundation LESCO Architectural Lighting Antoinette and Joseph Listengart Susan and David Lummis The Lynch Family Stephanie Macey Daniel Alvarez-Malo and Paola Alvarez Malo Thomas A. Martin Laura and Andrew McCullough Dawna and Tom Menges Kelly and John Mooz Mike and Lisa Mount Anne and Tom Olson Yousef Panahpour David and Liz Panfely Susie and Daron Peschel Travis Poe Penny and Townes Pressler Kathryn and Richard Rabinow Mohammad Ashraf Ramji Michael Herman and Angel Ramos Edna Ramos Keith Rapp and Mary Pat Rapp Margaret Rochs Nathalie and Charles Roff Nancy and Bryan Ruez Liz and F. Max Schuette The Siegel Family Barbara and Louis Sklar Smith Murdaugh Little & Bonham LLP in appreciation of our friend Guy Hagstette Alaina and Gregory Smith Courtney and Bas Solleveld

Jeff Taylor The Thornhill Family Bart J. Truxillo Timothy John Unger Bruce and Julia Vincent WPO Houston in honor of Nancy and Rich Kinder John E. Walsh, Jr. Dancie Perugini Ware Scott Weber Lorie Westrick Robert M. Weylandt Margaret and Jerry Wolfe Cyvia and Melvyn L. Wolff Ellyn Wulfe $100–499 Judy Ley Allen Claude and Shelly Anello Anonymous (2) Michael and Madeleine Appel Harvey Aronson Miriam Balding Jim and Glenda Barker Alice and Norris Barry Lary D. Barton Kristian Bassolino Roger L. Beebe Philip and Karen Beekman Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bernal Kathleen Blakeslee Rosanna and Myron Blalock Blazek & Vetterling Jan and John Bloom Gail Blossom Polly and Murry Bowden in honor of Ed Wulfe Mike and Debbie Breazeale Geraldine Briceno Shelley Britton Suzann and Travis Broesche Michael Krakower and Suzanne Cade Richard J. Callaway Ken and Sandy Carbonari Margot and John Cater Laura and Ted Christiansen Colleen Morris and Doug Coleman Christy and Tom Compson Miquel Correll Eric Coster Jennifer Brooke Cowart Keith Craik Mr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Crocker Stephen and Laurie Croxson Hector F. Garma and Jeffrey E. Davis John Jay Davis Alice and Robbin Dawson Cay Dickson Linda and Jeff Elkin Chet and Lisa Erwin Gayle and Bob Eury in honor of Ed Wulfe Carol Ann FaKouri Mr. and Mrs. David Faulkinberry Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin J. Fein in honor of Ed Wulfe

Theba & Buster Feldman Family Philanthropic Fund in honor of Ed Wulfe Chris Frawley The Frels Family Jerry Fu Tom Gall Mrs. Karl Gautschi (Lotty) Gerber-Fossella Family Karin, Gary and A.J. Gerstenhaber in honor of Ed Wulfe Gibson’s Landscape Contractors Inc. Tracy and James Gipson Ken and Joy Goedeke Gwendolyn H. Goffe in honor of Ed Wulfe Bernard M. Fields and Margaret Goldberg Laurie Graef Eric Greschner William D. Grindle Guy Hagstette in honor of Ed Wulfe Mary and Dennis Hamill Ann Hamilton Nancy and Keith Hargrove Sondee Hatcher in honor of Ed Wulfe Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hecht Kay and David Hedges Toni Henning Kimberly E. Hester Ashley Berger and Ashlee Hiser Becky Cummings and Cathi Hodil Colleen, Phillips and Conor Hogan Virginia A. and Edward J. Holland Barbara and Donald Howard Marie Hutchinson Sierra Jacob Don and Joanie Jacobsen Jeff Bingham and Justin Jared Richard H. Jenkins David Jobe David and Linda Johnston Pat and David Jones Dotty and Lawrence Kagan in honor of Ed Wulfe M. Marvin & Sharon Turboff Katz Family Fund in honor of Ed Wulfe Nancy and John Keely John Kelley Grace and Paul Kelly Mark and Sarah Kelly Betty and Jim Key Curtis and Cindee Klement Kristin E. Kruse Chris and Julianne Kugle Paulina LaNoue and Leonard LaNoue Yitin Anny Lee Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron in honor of Sis Johnson Jo Ann and Gary Levering Stuart and Dawn Linde Linda and John Linderman Sandra Bernhard and Lisa Long

Jinger and Bert Magill Carolie E. Martin Deborah and Earle Martin Roslyn J. Kueter and Robert Maruyama Darcey Matthews James McCallum Thomas E. McConathy Judy and Michael McEnany Barbara and Michael McGinity Sally and Robert Meadows Lisa and Downing Mears Linda and Harris Miller in honor of Ed Wulfe Sook and Kevin Miller Denise Monteleone George P. Moore Patricia Morin Gary and Louise Moss Judy and Mark Mucasey in honor of Ed Wulfe Kevin W. Murphy Frank T. Mustachia Louise Nasr Virginia G. Hodge and Bruce F. Nichols Rand Nolen and Diane Nolen Evelyn Thomas Nolen Susan and Freddie Nutt Robert and Carol O’Neal Jean L. Ormson Art and Suzie Otermat Tommy and Donah Parker Cindy and B. Kelley Parker Carrie and Al Pepi Joan and Joe Perez David and Maria Perez Jeannine Perrot Dr. and Mrs. Tajdin R. Popatia The Post, Rossi, and Rizzo Families Eric, Inge and Jessica Potts Jennifer and Paul Pruett Patricia Raymond Isla and T. R. Reckling III Kay and Rick Rice Mrs. William D. Roe David and Kelly Rose Glen A. Rosenbaum in honor of Ed Wulfe Ian and Julie Rosenberg Ms. Linda Ross Rachel and John Rosson Ginger Clarkson and Mark Ryan Martha and Terry Sabom Jeanine S. Salinas Fund Mr. and Mrs. Phillip H. Santamaria Palmer, Merry, and Livia Schooley Cindy Seeman Dr. and Mrs. Harold M. Selzman Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts Program Danielle Forget and Chris Shield Muhammad A. Siddiqui David and Libby Sims/Zippy Scott Briggs Louis H. Skidmore, Jr. Megan Christoph and Corey Smith

Rebecca Marvil and Brian Smyth Joyce and Jack Soliman Sorak Family Bob and Patsy Speed Ryland and Bob Stacy Dennis and Debra Stephens Jim and Judy Stover Cory J. Stull Victor Flatt and Jeff Stys Frank and Claire Svrcek Carey and Mike Swan Jack and Ellie Sweeney David Swenson Robert H. Thalmann Kim Thompson Nancy and Peter Thompson Transwestern Sandy Troff Sarah Wolfe and Allan Turner Mildred Ramirez, MD and Mark Turrentine, MD UBS Jennifer and Robert Vaden Roksan Okan-Vick and James Vick in honor of Ed Wulfe Bass and Jackie Wallace Mollie and Kent Wallace Pamela Anderson Wallace Rabbi Roy A. Walter in honor of Ed Wulfe Patrick and Mary Ward Candy and David Weinstein Jane Cahill and Michael D. West Cherry Whitley Jackie Whitley Katherine and Chris Wildman in honor of Ed Wulfe The Brian Williams Family Elizabeth D. Williams Sidney and Nancy Williams Karen Winston Wolffer Family Trust Zeus Wombwell Geri Wood Dr. J. David Wright Maxine and Emil Wulfe in honor of Ed Wulfe Mr. and Mrs. Gene W. Yee Matthew Zeve Julie and Kenneth Zimmerman John L. Zipprich II Brian Zwart In-Kind Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas SmartGeoMetrics Every effort was made to ensure that the information published is accurate and reflects the requests of individual donors. If any inadvertent errors or omissions have occurred, please notify Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s Director of Development.


FINANCIAL INFORMATION statements of financial position as of december 31, 2013 2013 ASSETS Cash


Pledges receivable

1,555,425 110,900

Prepaid expenses and other assets


Cash and certificates of deposit restricted for property


Pledges receivable restricted for property


Property, net







LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses Construction payables


Deferred revenue


Note payable


Total liabilities



Net Assets Unrestricted


Temporarily restricted

53,116,126 62,888,835





Statement of Activities foR the year ended December 31, 2013 temporarily restricted



REVENUE Contributions







Fees for services



Special events



Cost of direct donor benefits



Program fees and other income



Total Revenue


Net assets released from restrictions Total















(859,423) $


EXPENSES Program services Management and general






Total Expenses









Net assets, beginning of year




Net assets, end of year








2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sis Johnson Chair Collin J. Cox Vice Chair Daniel M. Gilbane Vice Chair Sami Ahmad Treasurer Edna Ramos Secretary

Ed Allday Nory Angel Jack Blanton, Jr. Carol Butler Christina Cabral Paul Cannings, Jr. Kelty Ewing Crain Clayton Erikson Thomas O. Fish Sonny Flores Lisa Foronda Bolivar Fraga Steven J. Gibson J. David Heaney Gerald D. (Jerry) Higdon Harry Lamberton Sherman L. Lewis, III John Mooz Roxann Neumann Charles R. Parker Adrian Patterson Daron Peschel Mohammad Ashraf Ramji Carleton Riser Shannon B. Sasser, AIA Mary Eliza Shaper Bas Solleveld Jeff Taylor Dancie Perugini Ware Leslye Weaver Geraldina Interiano Wise Margaret Wolfe Bob Wright Ellyn Wulfe Chairs Emeritus Toni Beauchamp* Chuck Carlberg Brady F. Carruth Mike Garver Dennis Greer Artie Lee Hinds Susan Keeton Dr. Manual Pacheco Bob Phillips F. Max Schuette Raymond Snokhous Georgia Wilson *deceased

EX-OFFICIO Mayor Annise D. Parker City of Houston Judge Ed Emmett Harris County David Bradley University of Houston, Downtown Margaret Wallace Brown City of Houston Planning and Development Department Erik Eriksson Port of Houston Authority Robert M. Eury Central Houston, Inc. Tom Gall White Oak Bayou Association Pat Henry Texas Department of Transportation Daniel Krueger City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Commissioner El Franco Lee Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Jack Morman Harris County Precinct Two F. Xavier Pena Downtown Redevelopment Authority/TIRZ#3 Commissioner Steve Radack Harris County Precinct Three Nancy Sauer Magnolia Cemetery Association Kevin Shanley Bayou Preservation Association Arthur L. Storey, Jr., P.E. Harris County Public Infrastructure Department Michael D. Talbott, P.E. Harris County flood control district Joe Turner Houston Parks & Recreation Department Dawn Ullrich Houston First Corporation


2013 STAFF Anne Olson President Gregg Burks Buffalo Bayou Park Director Raul Casso Field Technician Arnoldo Lamas Bio Vac Deckhand Rebecca Leija Office Assistant Leigh McBurnett Director of Development James Pennington Bio Vac Deckhand David Rivers Bio Vac Captain Robby Robinson Field Operations Manager Libby Sims Controller Trudi Smith Director of PR & Events Greg Taylor Buffalo Bayou Park Wide Supervisor

design CORE Design Studio Photography Geoff Lyon Photography Katya Horner Jonnu Singleton/SWA Group


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