Work is expected to begin next month to convert the Continental bridge to a linear park and pedestrian thoroughfare. Construction was supposed to begin on the project as soon as the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge opened last year, but there have been some delays.

The $10 million park is being funded by an anonymous donation to the Trinity Trust Foundation. And the city awarded an $8.3-million construction contract Wednesday.

Original plans for the park included some lofty hopes and dreams, such as a streetcar and “futuristic shade tubes,” as the Observer reported. The actual park will be simpler than originally planned, with pedestrian and bike pathways, trees, seating and plazas.