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Hemisfair Archway Is Removed

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The familiar archway at Hemisfair Park is gone. It was taken down Wednesday morning. While the structure may be iconic, it’s not historic. It was erected in 1988.

Its removal was part of the renovation of the park, said Hemisfair Real Estate Director Omar Gonzalez. He added, “It’s actually going to pave the way for us to run a complete street along East Nueva. So we’re going to restore the historic street grid that existed pre the 1968 World’s Fair.”

The archway may not be gone forever.  Gonzalez said they will store it and look for future site locations to reconstruct it.

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Steve joined the Texas Public Radio news team in 2009, and serves as TPR's Assistant News Director and afternoon anchor. You can hear him Monday-Friday from 3-7pm on KSTX 89.1 FM. Steve is a veteran of radio news in South Texas, having worked for commercial stations in the San Antonio area since the late 1980s.