San Antonio holds grand opening of renovated park

September 27, 2013 by  

San Antonians who love the outdoors have a reason for celebration, with the renovation and renaming of a popular park.

According to a news item dated September 15, that was the day the Mission County Park, which was built in 1949, received its new name and some much-needed upgrades. The park was blessed in a Native American ceremony, then a mariachi band performed, after which the park got its new name: Mission Park Pavilions.

Renovations to the park began in February of 2012, at a cost of approximately $6.9m, $1.75m of which came from a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The park covers 60 acres and can hold 3,500 people. It also features an outdoor music venue that Bexar County (San Antonio is the county seat) boasts is the best of its kind. The performance pavilion, which has a beautiful view of the San Antonio River, now features state-of-the-art equipment, and officials hope it will become a popular place to attend concerts. The pavilion can hold approximately 900 people.

Other improvements to the park include adding brick pavers to black-top, revamping a rotunda and a kitchen space, adding new lighting, and constructing a new playground. Many of those who attended the opening Sunday were familiar with the park, which has often been used for music festivals, church fetes, and birthday parties. It is one of the county’s most popular parks.

Park officials could consider working with a company that does banner printing, to create items to hang throughout the park in celebration of the renovation.