Center City Development & Operations Department

The Center City Development and Operations Department offers various educational opportunities and placemaking initiatives for those interested in learning more about the growth and opportunities within our center city. 

If you would like to request that Center City present to your group on the investment, growth and exciting happenings in center city, please call 210.207.1041.

The People's Nite Market

The People's Nite Market

Come on out for the People's Nite Market at La Villita's Maverick Plaza every First Friday from October through March. Enjoy specialty foods, arts and crafts and live entertainment. For more information, visit the The People's Nite Market on Facebook.

For more information, visit Get Creative's website.

Mercados de O’liva Open-Air Markets

Mercados de O’liva open-air farmers and artisan markets

Mercados de O’liva open-air farmers and artisan markets is back for their 2016 season. 

The markets, hosted by local chef Chuck Hernandez, owner of O’liva Restaurant, are held from March to November and feature 

  • local organic produce
  • chef-created items
  • handmade local arts and wares
  • healthy living information and more

For the first time this year, the markets will accept Lone Star cards as payment.

Mercados de O’liva offers six different markets throughout the month, with markets located at 

  • Main Plaza
  • Collins Garden
  • Dignowity Hill Farmers Market
  • San Antonio Housing Authority (818 S. Flores). 

Markets held at City-owned facilities include 

  • the Spanish Governor’s Palace market (held the first Saturday of each month)
  • the Mission Marquee Plaza market (held every third Saturday of the month)

For the full schedule of markets, visit Mercados de O'liva's website.


OPEN is an initiative of the Center City Development and Operations Department (CCDO) in partnership with property owners and retailers to offer local entrepreneurs a no-cost short-term lease in vacant downtown properties. 

The program activates vacant properties by introducing new, creative, and temporary retail locations with visual aesthetic. 

OPEN creates an environment that engages customers and authenticates downtown as a vibrant urban space, ready for long-term investment.

“OPEN has received attention from cities around the country looking for innovative ways to revitalize their urban cores” –Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager

For more information, visit OPEN San Antonio

Hemisfair welcomes its first OPEN Downtown Pop Up Shop

CCDO and Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) have partnered to bring the first OPEN Downtown Pop Up Shop to Hemisfair! The new shop, Indigo Makers Collective, is a collaboration between designers Blanquita Sullivan, Kass Carrell and Jessica Brown. The store specializes in menus and womens locally-made, handcrafted apparel and accessories. 

This shop will be open for 90 days with a soft opening on July 1, and a grand opening event on July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Store hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shop is located at 518 S. Alamo St. 

For more information, visit the Indigo Makers Collective Facebook page.

Public Art Display Unveiled on Houston Street Parking Garage

Students from UTSA CACP joined District 1 Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, CCDO, the AIA San Antonio Chapter and Centro San Antonio to unveil a public art installation on the Houston Street Parking Garage.

Students from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) joined District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, the Center City Development & Operations Department (CCDO), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Antonio Chapter and Centro San Antonio to unveil a public art installation on the Houston Street Parking Garage located at 240 E. Houston Street.

The UTSA artwork is the second of two student installations displayed as a part of the "Architecture That Engages” design program. Each student design team is responsible for designing, fabricating, installing and dismantling a unique architectural piece that engages the community and showcases architecture as public art. The project is sponsored by the City of San Antonio, the AIA San Antonio Chapter and Centro San Antonio. The first installation, completed by San Antonio College students, was unveiled on the Houston Street Garage in fall 2015.

The project, entitled Morf, is inspired by San Antonio’s progression into a modern, innovative city that keeps true to its heritage. This initiative is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to enhance the downtown parking experience. The project will be on display through fall 2016 on the City-owned Houston Street Garage.

CCDO receives 2016 Downtown Merit Award from the International Downtown Association for Public Art to Activate Downtown

public art collage

During its 62nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Atlanta, the International Downtown Association recognized CCDO with a Certificate of Merit award for its Public Art to Activate Downtown initiative. Creative collaboration with City departments, local universities and private organizations resulted in public art projects  integrated into everyday places  that created more enjoyable public spaces.

The initiative will be continued with support from local efforts of artists, community groups, partner organizations and outside agencies to express the vibrancy and diversity of our community through public art. As other city policies and incentives attract developers and investors to downtown, public art will continue to play its role in bringing people together and strengthening connections between people and the public places they share.

Travis Park

Travis Park is one of the oldest municipal parks in the United States. 

Since 1870, the 2.6-acre park has held concerts, hosted community gatherings, and served as a green oasis in the middle of a bustling downtown San Antonio. 

Today, the park is an urban destination that embraces its past and yet feels contemporary and dynamic at the same time. 

Come and see the new Travis Park!

If you have any questions or feedback, please call 210.207.7819 or email Tonya Baum.

  • Games Kiosk: Monday - Friday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
  • Food Truck: Monday - Friday 11:00 am- 2:00 pm 

For a list of upcoming events visit the Travis Park website and Facebook page.