Improving parks and the parks experience starts with people, an ethos championed by the San Antonio Parks Foundation since 1981. In early fall 2021, longtime SAPF media partner, Texas Public Radio began looking at ways to further expand their “Yappy Hour” series – a virtual programming success story that developed and grew out of necessity […]
Completed in April 2021, a new one-acre dog park includes fenced sections for all dogs and small dogs, drinking fountain with a pet fountain, and mutt mitt dispensers. Additional park amenities include new picnic tables and seating, landscaping, a Portland Loo restroom, and trash and recycle bins. Maverick Park enhancements were funded by the voter-approved […]
Maintenance and Renovation The San Antonio Parks Foundation facilitates ongoing maintenance projects and improvements to the Arneson River Theatre, originally constructed in 1941 by the Works Progress Administration. Through a gift from the Helen Kerr Foundation, the Arneson River Theatre received new stage flooring and cabling in 2019.
In 2017, the San Antonio Parks Foundation secured a $60,000 grant from USAA to benefit Martin Luther King Park. With the help of USAA volunteers, new playground equipment was installed in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first March for Justice held in San Antonio.
As of 2005, the San Antonio Parks Foundation manages and operates the Japanese Tea Garden and Jingu House in Brackenridge Park by way of a Memorandum of Understanding approved by the San Antonio City Council, which resulted in the successful renovation, preservation, and re-opening of the garden. The San Antonio Parks Foundation raised $2 million […]
Milam Park is a beautiful and historic facility located in the heart of downtown San Antonio with a long history. By 1885, water pipes and sidewalks had been installed and trees planted, beginning the development of Milam Park as we know it today. In 2001, the construction of the Milam Park Fountain was completed with […]
Headquarters & Medina River Trails The beginnings of the decade-long improvements to the Medina River Natural Area began with a $500,000 grant from the Kronkosky Foundation funding the Master Plan, completed in 2001. In 2022, 19 acres were purchased with the assistance of a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant in which a match was received […]
The Tobin Endowment generously contributed 89 acres of land to the project and the trailhead enhancements. The San Antonio Parks Foundation participated in the project by facilitating the trailhead improvements, and land acquisition that was later conveyed to the City of San Antonio. The improvements were dedicated in December 2008, with Mayor Phil Hardberger, former […]
In 2007, the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Association, the San Antonio Parks Foundation, Parks and Recreation Department staff, Heye Mosaics and students from the North East Independent School District North East School of the Arts collaborated on a tile mosaic around the gazebo, creating a small plaza. Flowers representing parts of Davy Crockett’s life were selected: […]
With the help of seven local foundations, the San Antonio Parks Foundation raised $100,000 for the design and fabrication of Lady Eco, an environmentally friendly barge designed specifically to skim debris from the surface and a foot below the shallow waters of the River Walk.