Patrolman John Wheeler Park offers San Antonio an opportunity to spend time enjoying the outdoors, with fresh air, sunshine and exercise on tap for visitors. Take a walk, enjoy the scenery, and de-stress. Studies show people who spend time in parks will be sick less often, which means less time missing from school and work, as well as lower healthcare costs and better overall health. And it’s fun and refreshing. Visit a San Antonio park today!
Alcohol is prohibited, amenities are first come, first serve.
Patrolman John Randolph Wheeler Park officially opened to the public on Saturday, August 16, 2008. The 3.5 acres of land used for the park was donated to the City of San Antonio in 2006.
The first phase of construction consisted of walking trail, benches, picnic units and tree plantings funded through the Unified Development Code in the amount of $78,479.
The park was named for Patrolman Wheeler, who was killed in the line of duty on October 14, 2005. Patrolman Wheeler died in an automobile accident at age 41 after his patrol car was rear-ended by another vehicle traveling at an estimated 100 miles an hour on Loop 410. Patrolman Wheeler's wife, Kim, was an SAPD dispatcher on duty at the time of his accident.
A veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years, he was shot and wounded in the line of duty while responding to a robbery call. He was a Purple Heart recipient for valor in the line of duty.