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.