Main Street Garden Will Open on November 13; Followed By New Fair Park Fountain

Last week, Willis Winters wasn't too sure -- the Park and Rec Department's assistant director had hoped to get Main Street Garden open by November 13, but, well, you saw the soggy pictures. But, clearly, the mud pit has been Kaboomed: After I noticed the opening dates mentioned on the Cultural Affairs Commission Public Arts Committee's meeting agenda for next week, I called Winters to confirm.

"We're still on track," he said this morning. "They're working really hard this week. Rain returns Sunday and looks like all of next week, so they've got till Saturday to get finished. It'll look pretty much finished to anyone who doesn't know. There will be some punch-list items stretching on for a couple of months, but it will be open on November 13. The fences will be down, and there will a new public park downtown."

According to the committee's agenda, just five days later they'll officially debut David Newton's recreations of Lawrence Tenney Stevens's nine-foot-high Contralto and Countertenor statues, perched at the ends of the overhauled-for-$12-million Fair Park Esplanade. Then, on December 4, the Esplanade Fountain has its formal coming-out party following a sneak preview during the State Fair of Texas: Says Winters, Los Angeles-based Fluidity Design Consultants are presently programming the fountains.

"They've selected two songs," he says, "a rousing rendition of 'The Yellow Rose of Texas' and a more classical piece form the Rodeo suite by Aaron Copland, 'Hoe-down.' And Fair Park has commissioned two more pieces for Christmas, for the Lights in the Park."

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