Parks
12:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Community Invited To Help Design Hemisfair's Civic Park

Residents are invited to a public design workshop to plan the future Civic Park.
Residents are invited to a public design workshop to plan the future Civic Park.
Credit Lee Dunkelberg / Texas Public Radio

Hemisfair Park's makeover is a step-by-step process, one that the public will be invited to be a part of this week.

Hemisfair leaders are expecting hundreds of people to join in on a public workshop Tuesday at Sunset Station that will make clear the direction Hemisfair's Civic Park should take. That's the second and largest of three future parks at Hemisfair.

Residents will be presented with design concepts and the option to say how they feel about them. The city will take the feedback into consideration and will influence how the park will be laid out.

Tuesday's Civic Park design workshop will feature 20 to 30 round tables for people to throw around ideas. It starts at 6 p.m. with representatives from each table presenting their group's preferences at 7:30.

Meantime, the city's Historic and Design Review Commission has voted on the first phase of Hemisfair's redesign. That park, named Yanaguana Garden, will be at South Alamo and Cesar Chavez. The committee approved the rehab plans for 10 historic homes on the site and the conceptual design of a 350-foot-long, ivy-covered pergola that will provide a pedestrian connection through the park.

Yanaguana Garden will be a four-acre play environment for people of all ages and the first of three new parks at Hemisfair. It's set to open next summer. The first physical sign of things to come will be soon when a construction fence goes up around the site in late August.