AUGUSTINE, Texas — Texans and tourists alike are getting a little excited about visiting the state’s iconic St. Augustine’s Gardens.
With its soaring reds and orange blossoms, St. Augustines has become a favorite tourist destination of many.
A new park is being built on the site that was once home to the largest church in the world.
And the area surrounding it is set to become the next stop on a nationwide tour, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
The city of St. Andrews is planning a massive expansion to its park in the next few years.
“This is a historic site and it’s important for us to preserve it,” said City Manager Rick Bowers.
St. Andrews Gardens is located in the central Texas city of Austin and is home to several cultural and architectural gems, including the famed Great Hall, the Grand Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Texas State Capitol.
This is the first time in more than 40 years that a state park has been closed due to construction.
Texas Parks and Wildlife has been working on a plan to reopen the park in 2019.
But the city is already anticipating a lot of visitors heading to St. John the Baptist, the first church in St. Petersburg, Russia, after the church was torn down in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
As of last month, St Andrews Gardens was still open to the public.
To make the best of a bad situation, Bowers and city officials plan to host an open house to share information about the park and how visitors can get involved.