With those words, Mayor Ivy Taylor called hundreds of children to burst through a banner of papel picado and into Yanaguana Garden. The first of three parks to come in the Hemisfair redevelopment, Yanaguana Garden boasts climbing structures, shaded walkways, games of all types, a sand digging area, a splash pad and more.
The grand opening weekend included a family-friendly First Friday on October 2, the official ribbon-cutting on October 3, and a day of art and wellness on October 4. About 21,000 visitors came through the park over that weekend to enjoy music, bi-lingual storytelling, kite making and food and beverages from future tenants of Hemisfair, including Revolucion Coffee + Juice, the OK Brewery, Con Safos and Paletaria San Antonio.
The response was overwhelmingly positive, with community members citing the quality, programming and sensibilities of the park, all of which cater to delighting locals first. Visitors also enjoyed free parking all weekend long at lots located along E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. These lots provide 650 free parking spaces and will be available every weekday after 6:00 p.m. and all day on weekends. You heard right: there are now 650 FREE parking spaces that should ease some of the parking tensions felt in the surrounding neighborhoods. This is a huge win for our neighborhood!
Yanaguana Garden is free and open to the public everyday from 7:00 a.m. until midnight. During operating hours, the park is patrolled by Park Police and at night by armed private security. There’s lots to do and see, including forthcoming programming and activities that should fill the park with laughter and fun for all ages and abilities.
Welcome back to Hemisfair!
- Drew Hicks, Communications Manager
Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation