The forest of columns behind the newly planted trees above are most of what’s left of the original central plaza structure in Second Ward’s Guadalupe Plaza Park, which the Greater East End Management District says will reopen on July 30th as several years of de- and re-construction work are wrapped up. The 1980s park now caps the western end of the previously redone Navigation Blvd. esplanade, and a landscaped sidewalk now connects the park to Buffalo Bayou at the crossing of Jensen Rd. (right across from the 136-acre KBR campus recently purchased by mixed-use developer Midway).
Here’s the view looking south along the walkway toward the main square from alongside cultural center Talento Bilingue, which the management district says won’t be knocked down until funding is in place to rebuild it:
That assurance comes from a previous district Q&A piece explicitly published to counter community opposition to the project, particularly following a 2014 LULAC-backed press conference lead by since-deceased community activist Yolanda Black Navarro (whose name will replace Stonewall Jackson’s on the middle school at 5100 Polk St. as part of HISD’s ousting of Confederate sympathizers).
The walkway connects all the way to the expanding Buffalo Bayou hike and bike trail; here’s a view from the trail looking south over the Marquis Downtown Lofts that moved into the former city-backed El Mercado del Sol retail building, and the Perry Homes townhomes that moved in to its parking lot:
Here’s another view of the main plaza, looking northwest across the park. The matching column structure previously defining the Runnels St. end of the raised square has been removed, and much of the original hardscaping has been swapped out for grass or planted trees. The main square is now open to the south and includes a splashpad:
Here’s the central structure looking southwest from Jensen, across the landscaped walkway:
And here’s a peek inside:
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Photos: Jose Monterrosa