February 09, 2008
Giant Presidential heads head off to Pearland

Look out, Pearland, here they come!

It's official: The first U.S. presidents whose busts will be installed at the planned Presidential Park and Gardens WaterLights District have been announced.

Houston-based Historic Real Estate, developer of the project at Texas 288, south of Beltway 8, conducted an online poll where they asked citizens to pick which of the 42 busts to bring in first to the site.

Here are the results of the poll, which ended Feb. 1:

  • Abraham Lincoln - 433 votes

  • George Washington - 411 votes

  • John F. Kennedy - 388 votes

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt - 349 votes

  • Thomas Jefferson - 316 votes.


A groundbreaking for the project will take place on Feb. 18, but will be closed to the public because of the lack of parking accommodations at the site, Browne said.

Construction is set to begin this spring on Presidential Park at WaterLights, a mixed-use development that will feature a winding waterway lined with the 42 U.S. presidents.

The sixth statue is of Poppy Bush. That's a fairly eclectic grouping if you ask me, but that's okay. Enjoy them, Pearland. I've certainly enjoyed having them all near where I live.

By the way, who else has noticed the four statues near the junction of I-10 and I-45? I've been trying to figure out a spot where I can take a picture of them, but so far I haven't identified any. One of these days, one of these days.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 09, 2008 to Elsewhere in Houston

If you want a preview of some of the heads, they are displayed on the west side of I-45 just north of downtown, but I'm not sure how long they will be there.

Posted by: Noel Freeman on February 9, 2008 1:32 PM