Hemisfair Park

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For 5 years, San Antonio has been waiting for an agreed-to land swap to happen between the city and the federal government, the site of the old San Antonio Police Headquarters at 215 E Nueva St. in exchange for the John H. Wood Federal Courthouse on E Cesar Chavez.

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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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Residents and workers in San Antonio got to be park planners Tuesday at Sunset Station to help shape the future of Hemisfair Park.

With the help of table facilitators, people answered questions from a form designed to give planners an idea of what should be included in the Civic Park, Hemisfair's second and largest future green space.

Mike McGlone walked his table full of people through the brainstorming and idea session. He asked for his table to participate in the process instead of being shy.

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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.


Hemisfair was first created for the 1968 World’s Fair. City governments have tried re-development through the years, but the area’s potential has never been realized. That endeavor is now being overseen by the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, by city mandate.

While that huge overall Hemisfair project is in its early stages, something happened last week that will propel it forward.

“We now have some great concepts in place and are now moving the concepts into final design," said Jimmy LeFlore, public art manager for the city of San Antonio.