I was also sad to see all the plants pulled out but I think the new arrangement will work better for events, shows, festivals, etc. I won’t miss the planter with all the bees. Or the fountain that was always turned off.
I assume this entire area will be under some kind of enclosure, attached to that white crab-shaped thing. I filled out a survey once and suggested they needed more shade since the Texas sun is brutal. So maybe this is all my fault ;-)