The City of West University Place officially opened Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park, 6446 Sewanee, on Tuesday, October 30.
The 15,000 square foot park includes a covered front porch entry at the corner of Sewanee and Pittsburg complete with a ceiling fan, recessed lighting, and rocking chairs looking out to a large open green space in the center of the park. In addition, the park features a dry stream bed with a button activated water feature, benches, log seats, a picnic table, new trees, donor area, and beautiful landscaping enhancements. The Park is equipped with unobtrusive lighting that takes advantage of natural features to make the park attractive even at night. In keeping with the quiet “home” feel of the neighborhood, the park perimeter includes an 8 ft tall cedar fence and high profile vegetative screening.
The park was made possible by a generous bequest from longtime West University Place resident Mr. James M. Hughes, who donated his property and $200,000 to be used for the design and development of a quiet park honoring his mother Jennie Elizabeth Hughes. The Friends of West University Place Parks Fund, Inc. (www.westuparks.org) funded an additional $300,000 for the remaining construction expenses.
“This new park adds to the wonderful variety of green space within our city with features that invite our residents to enjoy peaceful contemplation and the natural beauty to be found in West U,” said Mayor Susan Sample. “It is a tremendous gift to the community, which would not be possible without the generosity of Mr. Hughes and the benevolence of the Friends of West U Parks; who through their continued support, help make our parks truly special.”