George H.W. Bush statue in Sesquicentennial Park looking towards the Downtown Houston skyline
|Location||400 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002
|Area||22.5 acres (91,000 m2)|
|Created||August 22, 1989|
|Operated by||Houston Parks and Recreation Department|
Sesquicentennial Park is an urban park in downtown Houston, Texas. Established in 1989 along the banks of Buffalo Bayou, the 22.5-acre (91,000 m2) park was established in 1986 to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Houston and of the Republic of Texas in 1986.
Built in two phases, the 2.2-acre (8,900 m2) entrance to the park and a 10.4-acre (42,000 m2) site that flanks Buffalo Bayou as it flows past Wortham Theater Center and the northern section of the Houston Theater District was completed in August 1989. The 8.2-acre (33,000 m2) second phase was completed in May 1998, ending the $19 million project that took 14 years to complete.
The park features "Seven Wonders", a set of seven pillars illuminated from within by Houston native Mel Chin and several sculptures titled "The Big Bubble", "Site Seeing" and "Sounds from the Past", by artist Dean Ruck, who also lives and works in Houston.