How did Bush Park get its name? It's not the bushes, no. Just one Bush, with capital letter. The elder.
A poster in the section of the park South of Westheimer Parkway explains the role of former president George H.W. Bush -- along with Terry Hershey (for whom the park along the bayou is named) -- in preserving natural habitat and preventing Buffalo Bayou from being channelized -- i.e. straightened and its banks lined with concrete -- like other bayous in the greater Houston area.
|George Bush Park Map with trails and facilities shown (click to enlarge)|
The 41st President of the United States is also being honored elsewhere in the City of Houston. Downtown, there is a George Bush Monument that has him (or rather a statute of him) looking over the Bayou, and there is also a Presidential Grove at Memorial Park. Current President Obama has a mural of his image in Midtown near the Breakfast Club restaurant, but it has been defaced already several times, and had to be redone by the artist.
|George Herbert Walker Bush Memorial|