As part of the city’s focus on downtown, the City of San Antonio and Southwest Airlines today invite the public to celebrate the Grand Reopening of Travis Park with free family-friendly activities, including fitness classes, historic tours, games and more from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. One of the oldest municipal parks in the country, Travis Park has the opportunity to become a great urban destination that is historic, dynamic and contemporary at the same time.
The revitalization of Travis Park was sparked by a grant from Southwest Airlines to support the city’s larger Placemaking efforts and engage the local community through new physical amenities, including games, umbrellas, tables and chairs. Additionally, ongoing programming, such as movies and fitness activities in the park, has been developed to attract locals and visitors alike. The grant from Southwest is part of the airline’s ongoing commitment to help develop the public spaces at the heart of each community. Closed since January, the 2.6-acre park underwent extensive improvements including electrical upgrades funded from the 2012 Bond, a B-cycle station, as well as infrastructure, maintenance and landscaping improvements.
“The revitalization of Travis Park will make the urban core more attractive for locals and tourists alike,” Mayor Julián Castro said. “By engaging both the public and private sectors, we are creating a vibrant community hub in the heart of downtown.”
In 2013, the city engaged Project for Public Spaces (PPS, http://www.pps.org/), a nonprofit organization already collaborating with Southwest and a leader in community-driven Placemaking, to hold a series of public workshops in order to develop a concept plan for the park. Placemaking, a multi-faceted approach to planning, designing and managing public spaces, capitalizes on a community’s assets and potential, ultimately creating spaces that strengthen connections between people and spark social, economic and environmental benefits.
“At Southwest, our purpose is to help connect people to what’s most important in their lives, and often, the important moments that happen during those connections include a special place—somewhere that has meaning, that brings people together, that creates a sense of belonging and a sense of community,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO of Southwest Airlines. “We have proudly served San Antonio for more than 40 years, and we recognize the power public places have to strengthen communities, so we are proud to support the city’s Placemaking efforts.”
The reopening festivities today include fitness group events and fun activities for all ages throughout the morning. During lunch, guests are invited to enjoy food trucks and live music, and afternoon activities include historical tours, a dog friendly event, a coffee social and musical entertainment. Visitors are welcome to explore the park, play board games, and picnic with family and friends. The activities are free and open to the public. For the latest images and news, find Travis Park on Facebook: facebook.com/travisparksa.
The day’s activities will conclude with Twilight on the Plaza, a special fundraising dinner under the stars. Chef Michael Mata of The St. Anthony Hotel will bring his culinary talents to prepare a farm-to-table, four-course meal served with perfectly paired wines by Becker Vineyards. Local favorite South Jazz Trio will treat dinner guests to a top-notch night of live jazz entertainment. The dining experience is limited to 200 people and will take place from 6-8 p.m. Dinner tickets are $75 each. The public is welcome to purchase tickets by visiting saparksfoundation.org. A portion of the dinner proceeds will benefit historic Travis Park. For the latest news and images, find Twilight on the Plaza on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TwilightonthePlaza.
For more information on the March 31st event and other programming throughout the year, visit sanantonio.gov/ccdo or find Travis Park on Facebook: facebook.com/travisparksa.