Here’s a photo from earlier this month showing construction progress on the new Wortham Insurance Visitors Center on Sabine St., fronting the “Waterworks” area of the ever-expanding Buffalo Bayou Park complex. When it’s complete — sometime this summer — the 2,736-sq.-ft. building will house an info desk, a bike-rental facility, and — yes — restrooms. A terrace on top will be available for special events. A gaggle of insurance companies led by Wortham Insurance donated $750K toward the building’s more-than-$1-million construction cost.
The building, designed by Page — the same firm responsible for the buildings on Discovery Green — is meant to serve as the “primary gateway” to Buffalo Bayou Park, including these surrounding features:
Sabine St. is pictured at the bottom right in the rendering above; the Parks department’s Jamail Skate Park is on the left. Pretty much everything else shown in the drawing is a new feature going in as part of the Waterworks portion of the park, including the Sky Lawn and Sky Lawn Pavilion directly behind the Visitors Center (atop the famed abandoned cistern) and the Nature Play Area along the northern bank of the bayou at the bottom of the rendering.
- Buffalo Bayou Park [Buffalo Bayou Partnership]
- Previously on Swamplot: A Quick Overhead Survey of Buffalo Bayou Park; More Pedestrian Bridges and Other Twists and Turns in the Plans for Buffalo Bayou Park
Images: Buffalo Bayou Partnership