Federal WPA (Work Progress Administration) funds constructed the Leonhardt Lagoon in 1936 at the site of the Texas Centennial Exposition. The site takes its name from philanthropist Dorothea Leonhardt.
In the 1980s, workers drained the lagoon, cleaned out excess vegetation, and introduced native Texas plants to restore the lagoon's ecological balance.
In 1986, artist Pat Johanson fashioned two serpentine sculptures for the lagoon. Made of gunite and steel, the sculptures resemble large plant forms that entwine at the center of the lagoon to create a bridge visitors can traverse.
The lagoon is also the site of swan boat rides and the Leonhardt Lagoon Nature Walk. This walk comprises 25 numbered markers and four descriptive panels highlighting the birds, insects, plants, trees, fish and other wildlife that make their home at the lagoon.
Visitors can learn more about the flora, fauna and wildlife living around the area of each of the markers.
Between the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (at Fair Park) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.