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The City of San Antonio and District 7 Councilman Cris Medina celebrated in 2013 the completion of a Community Room at Woodlawn Lake Park, adjacent to the gymnasium, 1103 Cincinnati.
The meeting room has been renovated to include new fiber optic lines to support publically accessible Wi-Fi so that citizens can utilize their laptops and other electronic devices to do research, apply for jobs, and other on-line pastimes. Additionally, the room received new furniture, carpeting, lighting, and paint to complement the space. The room is not available for reservations.
In addition to the open, public hours, the community room features literacy activities
coordinated by the San Antonio Public Library, to include story time for
children, teen club, and Dare to Read Club for adults. See the schedule above for days and times for these activities.
The room also features a health kiosk where citizens will be able to receive important health assessment information including heart rate, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure.
Community Health and Wellness Center at Woodlawn Lake Gym
Woodlawn Gym features a Community Health and Wellness Center. Strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, lose weight, and improve your mental health by working out regularly. From cardio for seniors to walking classes and circuit training, San Antonio residents will find a myriad of fitness opportunities available at Community Health and Wellness Center.
The center features classes for seniors offered by the Department of Human Services during the fall, winter and spring months. The Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of fitness classes from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For a complete schedule, go to the Fitness Centers web page. Please note that the gym will be used for the Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Youth Program from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 16 through August. 8.
|Address:||1103 Cincinnati, 78201|
|Hours:||Sunday-Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – midnight
Berta Almaguer Dance Studio, 138 S. Josephine Tobin Drive
(not available for reservations)
Swimming pool (outdoor, seasonal) (rental – 210.207.3299)
Lake – fishing and canoeing
Small pavilion (rentable)
Island house (rentable)
25 Picnic units
1.3 mile walking trail
Special Event Gymn Only - Charging admission and/or selling concessions
Woodlawn Lake - Gym Side (PDF)
Woodlawn Lake Park site map - Party House side (PDF)
Woodlawn Lake was the dream of real estate developers in the 1880s who wanted to build West End, a residential subdivision on San Antonio's rural west side. It was George W. Russ, president of the Rhode Island-based West End Town Company, who saw great potential in the flat pasture on Alazan Creek and made the dream come true. To attract residents, the creek was dammed to create West End Lake, which some reports say was as large as 80 acres. (Today it is about 30 acres.)
Visitors traveled by street car to enjoy what was called "the finest artificial lake in the south." Electric lights (still new at that time) illuminated the lake where visitors danced in an outdoor pavilion and rowed in small boats. In later years there were outdoor movies and vaudeville acts. The lake and surrounding land were privately owned until 1918 when they were deeded to the City. The name was changed to Woodlawn Lake and many improvements and additions were made to the 62-acre park in the next 79 years.
Today, after more than 100 years, Woodlawn Lake remains a popular gathering spot for visitors from throughout San Antonio. Residents use a walking trail daily, fish from the boat dock, swim at the pool, play basketball in the gym, and dance at Bertha Almaguer Dance studio. In the late 1990s the park became the site of the city's annual Fourth of July celebration, complete with fireworks and a parade. It continues to draw enormous crowds each year.<<BACK