San Antonio parks give 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 prohibited, amenities are first come, first serve.
The City Council voted on Dec. 9, 2010, to name this park for Sgt. Matthew E. Mendoza, who died in combat at the age of 24. The park was dedicated in his honor in a ceremony held on March 26, 2011. Sgt. Mendoza was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force. He died on June 20, 2008, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Mendoza family lived near the corner of Hillje and Betty Jean streets, where the park is located, when Sgt. Mendoza was growing up. He was a 2003 Highlands High School graduate. He left behind his wife Valerie and son Matthew Jr.