Hemisfair Park


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.

Judi Deleon

Fiesta continues, and this week Hemisfair Park will be alive with music for an event called Fiesta Fantasias.

"Fiesta Fantasias is a free event: We’ll have music, food, beverages, arts and crafts, and the only laser light show set to music during Fiesta," said Judi Deleon, who heads the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"The event takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. doors open until 10:30 in the evening.  Did I mention it was free?" she said.

I asked her to tell me more about the synchronized laser light show.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Visitors to Hemisfair will soon start seeing construction on the southwest corner of the park.

City council recently approved the contract for Fisher Heck Architects, a San Antonio firm, to design the restoration and stabilization project for ten of the historic structures on the Hemisfair grounds.

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

A budget and contract battle looms as the city task force in charge of evaluating future finances takes a hard look at the pension and health benefits of city fire and police forces. The task force finished its work yesterday and is scheduled to be presented to council on February 19.

The terms of these benefits, which are far more generous than other municipal workers, were agreed to more than 20 years ago.

Zintgraff collection

San Antonio is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. An assistant said Bill Sinkin passed away peacefully Monday evening, to the tune of The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” surrounded by family and friends. 

His many friends say Sinkin’s spirit will live on in them and in his widespread contributions to San Antonio.

In a couple of spots along W. W. White Road on the city’s East Side, tall crape myrtle trees stand strong in the grassy easements at both of Bill Sinkin’s former bank buildings.