After almost two years of work, Belo Garden will open to the public Thursday. It won’t truly be finished for decades.
“The grasses and perennials planted this spring will take another two years to fully grow in. It will take 10 years for the trees to look like they’re mature and about 50 years before they really are mature,” said Jacob Petersen, the park’s principal architect.
For decades after that, as tall shumard oaks spread over the park’s southeastern grove, their canopy is to be pruned to provide maximum beauty and shade.
“Think of this as a 100-year park,” Petersen said.
When the construction fence finally comes down this week, Belo Garden will become the second downtown park in the city’s 2004 master plan to become reality.