Children stood over a sandbox full of bright blue sand with plastic shovels, and after Mayor Julián Castro and onlookers counted down from five, the kids dug into the granules and lifted it into the air with their shovels.
The event marked the official groundbreaking of the new San Antonio Children’s Museum to be built at Broadway and Mulberry.
The 5.5 acre site will feature a parking lot with nearly 250 spaces, and a 30,000 square foot outdoor area for kids to play, learn and discover.
Seven institutions along the Broadway corridor have created a collaborative to showcase the art, culture and history available in a tightly-knit area north of downtown.
The multi-level effort was first brainstormed during SA 2020 meetings almost three years ago.
"Well, we’ve been working together for a number of years, meeting and talking about how we could work together more effectively," said Dr. William Chiego, director of the McNay Art Museum.
Groundbreaking on the new San Antonio Children’s Museum on Broadway gets underway in June, but leaders at the current facility downtown haven’t stopped adding new exhibits.
Three of them are now available: an imagination playground for building towns or vehicles, an improved bubble ranch, and a creative arts studio for children who want to paint the walls.
The San Antonio Children’s Museum will be moving from its downtown location to Broadway and Mulberry, once construction on the massive-scale project is complete.
The project comes at a time when city leaders have focused their attention on revitalizing the urban core, but executive director Vanessa Lacoss Hurd doesn’t see it as leaving downtown.
“We see it about providing a more holistic campus and experience for what we want to accomplish with our mission,” she said.