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Sesquicentennial park future home of bush monument

Statue of 41st President to be Dedicated at downtown site this fall



Bush MonumentFebruary 26, 2004 -- Sesquicentennial Park, which flanks Buffalo Bayou adjacent to Wortham Center, will be the site of a bronze statue of George Herbert Walker Bush, the nation's 41st president, when it is installed later this year.


Houston City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the $1.5 million gift to the City made by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, which helped design the project. All of the funding will come from private donations, according to Houston attorney Charles Foster, who is spearheading the endeavor.


The statue and semicircular wall of four bas-reliefs depicting various eras of Bush's distinguished life will be located on the north side of the bayou, near Franklin and Bagby. The design team is proceeding with fabrication of the art work and expects to dedicate the monument this fall.


Sesquicentennial Park, which was conceived in recognition of the Houston's 150th birthday in 1986, is a City-owned property managed by the Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department.


“This is a fitting tribute to a great Houstonian and we are proud to play a role in honoring President Bush,” said Dawn Ullrich, director of the Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department. “A nice byproduct will be that more people will discover our fine Sesquicentennial Park and Buffalo Bayou.”