HOUSTON – Buffalo Bayou Park is under major construction.
The Buffalo Bayou is like an artery connected to the heart of downtown Houston.
“Well, it's such a historic site,” said Anne Olson. “It was the founding of our city. It was the first port of Houston.”
A $58 million makeover in underway between Sabine Street and Shepherd – it includes new trails, lights that change with the lunar cycle, a dog park, and new pedestrian bridges.
The Jackson Hill Bridge, spanning the length of a football field, is set to open in early September.
The trail up towards the street is already open, and there has already been increased traffic by bicyclists and joggers.
“I think it's a great investment,” said one jogger.
In addition to restoring the bayou with native vegetation, Buffalo Bayou Park will feature a picnic pavilion with a pond, boat rentals, food vendors, and an elevated skylawn for events and concerts.
“Seems like a no brainer to me,” said Matt Stillings. “Anything to improve the quality of life down here. There are more people down here. We need more parks.”
Many believe the renovations are fitting for a park in the country's fourth largest city.
“It's such a massive project that I do think it will become one of the country's great urban parks,” Olson said.
The project is largely being funded by a $30 million donation and additional fundraising. It should be completed by mid-2015.