A reader sends pics of 3 notable new features near the western end of Buffalo Bayou Park that appear to be just about complete: The multi-purpose private event space known as The Dunlavy, overlooking a restored and upgraded pond now called Lost Lake — and its signature central feature, a bell-mouth spillway to suck up the overflow, referred to more commonly as a morning glory. That’s the hole in the middle of the water feature; if you look closely at the photos of it below you can see the odd sight of the tip of a construction ladder peeking out at the top:
The Dunlavy, which takes its name from Dunlavy St. just across the street, will be run by Clark Cooper Concepts, the restaurant group behind Ibiza, Brasserie 19, Coppa, Punk’s Simple Southern Food, and SaltAir. Counter-service breakfasts and lunches will be served there too. The building at 3501 Allen Pkwy., designed by Page, will also include a park visitor center, restrooms, and a place to rent canoes and kayaks. (There’s a new bayou boat launch nearby.) A new parking area carved from what would otherwise be an extension of Dunlavy across Allen Pkwy. to the Bayou between the lake and the Beth Yeshurun cemetery will have room for more than 80 cars.
The Lost Lake’s predecessor pond had been created by the construction of a dam along a bayou-side ravine; it failed in the 1970s.
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