Hemisfair Park

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Jack Morgan

Big changes are coming for one of San Antonio's most distinctive works of public art.

The River Walk barge tour totes tourists downtown on the San Antonio River, then to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center area where it turns around.

There is the Lila Cockrell Theatre. It's named after the first female mayor of San Antonio.

Right above the theater's entrance, a 130-foot wide, 30-foot tall mosaic overlooks the river. Due to its placement, and the convention center, this massive work of art has labored in obscurity its entire life.

Jack Morgan

San Antonians will soon be able to revisit something that they knew decades ago from Hemisfair. If you ever rode the Hemisfair or Brackenridge Park Gondolas, a pair of them have re-surfaced, looking almost brand new. But St. Philips College Collision Refinishing Technology Director Daniel Salas says they didn't start out that way.    

We had to take them all apart, work the metal, do the bodywork on them,  prep them and re-finish them.

I pointed out that they pretty much look like new now.

"They do! The students do a pretty good job here at St. Philips College."


Historic Hemisfair Park has been in the throes of rejuvenation since the master plan for the site of the 1968 World's Fair was approved late last year. 

This Saturday, the first portion of the massive overhaul is scheduled to open. Yanaguana Garden makes up a little over 10 percent of the entire site, which will eventually comprise 37 acres. 

When completed in 2020, Hemisfair will be 50 percent public parkland. 40 percent of the site will be leased to developers by the City of San Antonio for mixed-use buildings.