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Park Ranger Paul M. Pytel Park gives people 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 permitted, amenities are first come, first serve.
Pytel Park (or South New Braunfels Park as it was originally called) resulted from a public-private partnership. Boyce H. Gaskin and NTL Land Holdings donated 34.48 acres of land for the park in 1993, and the following year, the City received a $340,000 grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife to develop the tract.
On July 31, 1994, Paul M. Pytel became the first San Antonio Park Ranger to die in the line of duty. Pytel was 29 years old when he died while pursuing a fleeing suspect. He was a graduate of Burbank High School, a nine-year veteran of the Parks Department, served in the Department’s Honor Guard and was a field training officer and Bike Patrol officer.
On May 14, 1996, the park was officially named for Pytel who dedicated his life to keeping parks safe for the citizens of San Antonio.