Swell Evening at Lost Lake

Walk in the park at Lost Lake reserved for donors and partners at $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park

Walk in the park reserved for donors to $58 million project

News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Sarah and John Hastings
Sarah and John Hastings stroll the walk around Lost Lake in Buffalo Bayou Park. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015
The Dunlavy event space overlooks the serene Lost Lake. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Chuck Carlberg and Anne Olson
Chuck Carlberg, Anne Olson. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Roxanne Neumann, Nancy Kinder
Roxanne Neumann, Nancy Kinder. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Susan Garwood and George Peterkin
Susan Garwood, George Peterkin. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Guy Hagstette, Nancy Kinder, Rich Kinder, Sis Johnson
Guy Hagstette, Nancy Kinder, Rich Kinder, Sis Johnson. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Staman and Beverly Ogilvie
Staman Ogilvie, Beverly Ogilvie. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Collin and Jacquelyn Cox
Collin Cox, Jacquelyn Cox. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Betsy and Bob Phillips
Betsy Phillips, Bob Phillips. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Bob Graham-Lester Grundy-Eddie Allen
Bob Graham, Lester Grundy, Eddie Allen. Photo by Katya Horner
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Sarah and John Hastings
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Chuck Carlberg and Anne Olson
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Roxanne Neumann, Nancy Kinder
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Susan Garwood and George Peterkin
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Guy Hagstette, Nancy Kinder, Rich Kinder, Sis Johnson
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Staman and Beverly Ogilvie
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Collin and Jacquelyn Cox
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Betsy and Bob Phillips
News, Shelby, Lost Lake, Dunlavy party, Sept. 2015 Bob Graham-Lester Grundy-Eddie Allen

It was a special evening indeed when those who had delved deep into their pockets for the Buffalo Bayou Park development gathered at Lost Lake to celebrate completion of the $58 million project.

While official opening ceremonies aren't scheduled until October, close to 160 patrons of and partners in the beautification and vitalization of the 160-acre, 2.3 mile greenspace gathered at sunset to embrace the grand transformation. The just completed Lost Lake feature and the soon-to-be-completed event space The Dunlavy served as setting for the cocktail reception.

Guests strolled the lake's parameter while a Divisi Strings trio entertained and staff from City Kitchen circulated with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Situated south of the bayou at Allen Parkway and Dunlavy Street, mother nature's water feature was "lost" when its dam broke in the 1970s. Today, Lost Lake, richly landscaped by Reed Hilderbrand, is back, joined by The Dunlavy and its visitors center that blends magically into the setting.

The guest list reflected the players in the public-private project that was led by Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Harris County Flood Control District and the Kinder Foundation.

Savoring the perfect evening were Mayor Annise Parker, Collin Cox, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Anne Olson, Holly and Austin Alvis, Roxanne and Tim Neumann, Brady Carruth, Susan Garwood and George Peterkin, Shannon Sasser, Leslie and Jack Blanton and Gayle and Bob Eury.