Gulf Coast Green 2019
Crossroads: Inclusive Exchange


Bayou Greenways and Beyond: The Vision to Expand Greater Houston's Public Realm


Since 2012, the Houston Parks Board has been implementing Bayou Greenways 2020. In total, BG2020 provides 150 miles of linear parks along Houston's major waterways. The program provides public access to over 3,000 acres of flood control land while expanding that landscape to preserve open space and enhance flood protection. BG2020 in transforming Houston, not only in its direct programmatic elements but also as a de facto land use organizing principal and as a new way of how the city views itself. It also represents one of the most visionary urban land use initiatives in the country. 



Chip Place

Charles “Chip” Place has over 30 years of experience directing large-scale land development projects. For the last 15 years, his career has focused on urban parks, including directing the planning and design of Brooklyn Bridge Park. For the last 5 years, Chip has served as the Managing Director of Capital Programs for the Houston Parks Board, leading Bayou Greenways 2020 and the planning of Beyond the Bayous: A Vision for Expanding Greater Houston’s Public Realm. Chip graduated from Rice University School of Architecture and University of Houston Law Center.

Time and Location


10:50am - 11:40am

CE Credit