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The McNay Art Museum’s new landscape master plan aims to make the property feel less like an exclusive, elite institution and more like an inclusive, accessible public park -- an approach embraced by museum director Richard Aste.

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The remnants of the former Hot Wells resort that attracted the rich and famous of its day is now part of a new South Side park. Hot Wells at Bexar County Park opened on Tuesday.

TPR Goes To The Dogs At Fest Of Tails

Mar 21, 2017

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, TPR joined the San Antonio Parks Foundation for their Fest of Tails Kite Festival & Dog Fair. Located at McAllister Park this year, the annual event encourages families to spend a day in the park with children’s activities, hot air balloon rides, live music, arts and crafts, food vendors and a sky full of kites. Fashionable dogs competed in costume contests and strutted in the always-popular Pooch Parade. During the event, TPR signed-up 23 new members, of both the human and canine varieties.

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Another piece of history along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River is going to be restored and turned into a park.

Bexar County Commissioners Court has accepted a donation of the Hot Wells Hotel and Spa from local developer James Lifshutz.

Betty Bueche, Director of Bexar Heritage and Parks Department says the donation of nearly four acres includes ruins and land.

Texas Parks & Wildlife

Low funding levels have for years left Texas Parks & Wildlife delaying maintenance on the state's more than 90 parks, but that is about to change.

A long-battled piece of legislation aimed at directing more sales tax from sporting goods purchases to Texas' parks passed and was signed by Gov. Abbott late last month.

San Antonio River Foundation

There’s lots of buzz about plans for a new park overlooking the Mission Reach.  The $10 million plan for Confluence Park, to be situated at the confluence of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, will focus on teaching responsible water use and landscaping practices.

Stuart Allen is the project manager.

“Well, it’s a 3-1/2 acre outdoor learning classroom. The intent of the project is to create a destination on the Riverwalk where students and river visitors alike can learn about native plant species and witness a large-scale water catchment system,” Allen said.

San Antonio has 46 miles of linear greenway trails for walking, jogging, and cycling on. The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail system is getting bigger and before it does the city council may consider building more public safety aspects into it. Things like call boxes and cameras or perhaps more personnel to monitor and walk the trails are all being considered to ensure that safe trails stay that way. 

Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

There’s a large state natural area north of town that’s being prepared for the public and on Tuesday I got to take a tour.

While Government Canyon is more than four times its size, the Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area is still pretty huge: 3,757 acres.

James Rice is the superintendent, and at this point the only employee of Kronkosky, which is seven miles west of Boerne in a particularly hilly stretch of Hwy. 46. 

“Albert and Bessie Kronkosky started buying up this property in 1946 and they wanted to preserve it,” Rice said.

Natalie Morgan

My wife and I were in New York on vacation, and as part of a hike, walked a portion of what’s called the High Line. The reason it’s called the High Line is that it runs way above street level.

“It’s an elevated railroad about 30 feet off the ground, and it runs for about a mile an a half right through the middle of Manhattan," said Robert Hammond, who was born and raised in San Antonio and now lives in Chelsea, the Manhattan neighborhood sung about by Joni Mitchell, and where those tracks are. Hammond jumps forward a bit in the story.

Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

He’s a San Antonian who is responsible for one of the most fascinating aspects of a fascinating place, and it’s probably one you’ve never heard of.  I had only recently heard of it, and decided to check it out. I took a short vacation recently to New York City and my wife and I went to the High Line, a park there unlike any other. Here’s the story of how that park came about.

Robert Hammond was born and raised in San Antonio, and went to Alamo Heights High School. He moved to New York after college, but still visits San Antonio.