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On Monday, March 7th volunteers from Rackspace, Asbury Church and the community joined Todd Bol , the founder of the non-profit Little Free Library ,to build four Little Free Libraries at the San Antonio Public Library. This was part of his Across America: Texas Tours. He said the San Antonio build was one of his all time favorites! The mission of Little Free Library is to promote a love of reading and bringing communities together through free book exchanges. Thank you for all that you do Rackspace!

Many thanks to Girl Scout troop 472 who came in to ACS to donate blankets and other pet related items for our shelter’s animals. The girls also stayed for a tour and learned about responsible pet ownership.

For three decades, Liz has served as emcee for several Parks and Recreation Department Programs, including talent shows and sporting events. But she is best known for hosting and singing during multiple BRAVO! An Evening of Song and Dance performances held each summer in July. Liz has been a continuous supporter of the department since 1981 when she began her career as a radio newscaster at KTSA/KTFM. Over the years she has worked diligently to promote the Parks and Recreation Department’s programs through her radio show, in addition to her personal appearances at a variety of events. She has been a dedicated volunteer and ambassador for the Parks and Recreation Department throughout her tenure. The Department wants to publicly thank Liz for her contributions and wish her well in her future endeavors.

Liz is currently the morning radio news anchor on News/Talk 550 KTSA AM and 107.1 FM. She also hosts a program titled "On the Scene" for Catholic Television of San Antonio that airs on Time Warner Channel 15. She's an award-winning journalist who has covered the police beat, city hall and the courthouse.

May was an exciting month for volunteers at Animal Care Services. Our volunteers were treated to a behind the scenes tour at SeaWorld as a special thank you gift for Volunteer Appreciation Month in April. They got to see all kinds of sea life up close and learn about the fantastic conservation efforts SeaWorld leads around the country.  We are so grateful to have such a wonderful partner in SeaWorld.

Neil Hammond is an avid mountain biker who discovered McAllister Park five years ago. When biking on the many dirt trails criss-crossing the 1000-acre park, Neil often makes note of any trails that may have overgrowth, low-hanging branches, debris, large rocks, fallen tree limbs and other maintenance issues. Neil then takes care of these problems on his next trip down the trail. He tirelessly maintains the cross-country trails by trimming tree limbs, removing rocks and taking care of anything that obstructs the trail (overhead or on the ground). His work benefits the many bike riders, runners, hikers and dog walkers who use these trails daily. Moreover, by keeping all existing trails passable and accessible, no new trails or trail sections are created by users trying to avoid whatever is making the existing trail impassable thus adding to loss of habitat and destruction of plants. Neil’s initiative and hard work are also appreciated by San Antonio Parks and Recreation as most sections of the trail system cannot be accessed by motorized vehicles.

Neil joined the Friends of McAllister Park in 2013 to be more deeply involved in all park conservation and maintenance issues. He attends their meetings, reports on any issues that need attention and is always eager to assist the group. He recently worked with the Friends to restore a deer water trough that had fallen into disrepair. The many easily visible deer living at the park are a major attraction for many park visitors.

Neil says “I like to give more than I take" and works tirelessly to make McAllister Park a better place for all to enjoy. How many of us can say that when we drive/run/walk/bike out of the park at the end of our visit? Thank you, Neil, for all you do!