Big improvements coming to Buffalo Bayou Park

More than 14,000 new trees have been planted, and construction crews are now finishing work on two visitor centers

HOUSTON -- The work is almost finished on Buffalo Bayou Park, the 160-acre green gateway to downtown Houston.

The park has undergone a $58 million makeover. More than 14,000 new trees have been planted, and construction crews are now finishing work on two visitor centers.

"No matter what the weather is, what has just happened with storms and so forth, you can always come here and still enjoy Buffalo Bayou," said Scott McCready, landscape designer for the park.

On a sunny day, visitors can already visit some of the improvements like the city's premiere dog park. Right next to the skate park is a long-buried treasure: an underground water reservoir called "The Cistern." Plans are in place to open it next year to artists and the public.

"What we're doing now is there will be a little bit of water on the bottom so that there's a reflectivity that that gives," said architect Larry Speck. "There'll be the availability of a little bit of light from above, but we're just leaving that big space."

People have been visiting the park all along through the reconstruction, but the grand opening of this grandly renovated green space is now less than three weeks away.


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