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  • June 16, 2015 7:58 AM | Anonymous

    Maverick Park is going to be made over and YOU are an important part!

    Rendering of the park and some of the articles below about the project. It will an amazing amenity to downtown / River North.  It will have a dog agility area, dog wash station, a creek, and small and large dog areas. They are also striving to make the site a net-zero impact site with a bio-swale and other LID water filtration features.


    All contributions are tax deductible through the San Antonio Parks Foundation.  They can also accept checks written out to the San Antonio Parks Foundation with Maverick Dog Park in the memo.

    Please take a look at the links of the video, rendering and information:

       Maverick Park PRESENTATION.pdf

    Crowdfunding LINK:




    Twitter: @maverickdogpark









  • April 17, 2015 6:00 PM | Anonymous

  • April 15, 2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    We are gearing up for our Annual Fiesta Party. It's becoming a tradition to partner up with the Rita's on the River Family and Rio Plaza. We'll be up on the Balcony Level overlooking our beautiful downtown area with the Margarita's flowing and the food and appetizers piled high. You won't want to miss this one as we literally KICK-OFF Fiesta the day before the biggest party in San Antonio starts. Registration starts April 1, with a discount for those who register early. Stay tuned for more details. We will be sending out more information in the next few days! 

  • September 25, 2014 3:51 PM | Anonymous

    Our Mission:  Promote the social well being of the residents living in downtown San Antonio; preserve, protect and develop the downtown area; provide a quality environment for living & enjoying the multicultural heritage of downtown San Antonio - past, present & future.

    The Downtowner

    National Night Out - October 7, 2014

    Since 1981, the National Association of Town Watch has been promoting and organizing programs that encourage neighborhoods and local law enforcement to join together in crime prevention. National Night Out is the annual event that celebrates safety and crime prevention in communities across the country. This year, Downtown San Antonio's event will return to VFW Post 76 and is slated to be bigger than ever! Come be a part of this community-police partnership and enjoy live music, food and entertainment from businesses throughout our downtown neighborhood. Read on to get a sneak peak at some of the activities and sponsors that are scheduled for the evening. Fun starts at 6:00 PM. See you there!

    Baptist Health Systems - Tammy Jo Bochat, Regional Growth Officer will be on hand at the Baptist Health booth. Come by and say hello to our Diamond Sponsor.

    Paseao Del Rio - The River Walk is gearing up for the Holiday Season and there are have several events coming up in October, such as the Lucky Duck Race and Coffins on Parade. Come see how you can get involved in the fun!

    USO San Antonio - Liftin
    g the spirits of troops and their families right here downtown! Their facility is located at 203 West Market St. and is open Sunday - Thursday noon to 6:00 PM  and Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Amenities include a computer, a theater foom, a snack bar, pool tables, Xbox 360s, Nintendo Wiis, and even a children's area.

    - They will be showing off their renderings of the ongoing work with the Yannaiguana Gar
    dens and play scape. Check out their promotional video of the new park's urban oasis vision at

    Smoke Shack Bar B Que
    - Their food truck will be serving up d
    elicious BBQ. Chris and Kate Congers started operating their food truck over four years ago, and now have a permanent location at 3714 Broadway St. that serves beer and wine along with their delicious food. Come hungry so you can try some of Chris and Kate's award winning Bar B Que!

    Marrow Me Foundation's Jason Jox - Jason will be our celebrity MC for the evening! Our local celebrity is a San Antonio Ballet performer and actor.

    Artpace - They will be showcasing their Chalk It Up event happening Saturday, October 11. Historic Houston Street will be transformed into an art canvas for the 11th year in a row! The event will take place from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and feature food, music, and of course, art.  For more information go to

    Club Sirius - A local favorite, serving up over 100 shots, daily happy hour, and great music! Our sponsor will be providing mobile sound unit and DJ mixing.


    VFW 76 Post - This is their fourth year hosting National Night Out! Thank you commander Albert Mireles!

    Bike Waiter
    - Offering fast delivery service from dozens of downtown restaurants. Stop by, say hello and see h
    ow The Bike Waiter can make getting food to your next business or family meal a snap!

    Caricature Artist Jeff Pecina
    - Born and raised right here in San Antonio, freelance caricature artist, illustrator and painter will be on hand for that one of a kind family portrait! This is his second year participating with the DRA.

    Saint John's Lutheran Church Academy - Located right downtown on Nueva Street, the Academy will be providing a face painting table and information about their day school. For a sneak peak about the Academy you can go to

    Tuff Change Band - Our performers for the evening play a range of classic hits from the 50's to the 80's and original songs. Bring your dancing shoes!

    Mopar Classic
    Car Show - The group will have 3-5 classic and muscle cars on display during the event. Bring your camera and take a "selfie" with one of these beauties!

  • July 06, 2014 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    The meeting convened about 11:15 AM. Councilman Bernal opened the meeting with comments regarding the imminent departure of Mayor Castro, and the legal issues facing the city council members to replace him. He explained the steps in detail and noted they were spelled out very clearly in city laws.  To read more download

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    The latest up to date monthly calendar will be available at

  • May 13, 2014 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    On Tuesday, May 13t, Mark Dominguez and Dave Stafford attended a meeting of the Cinco Puntos (Five Points) neighborhood association held at Raices a Refugee and Immigrant Center for 
    Education and Legal Services. Only two items were on the agenda. (1) What to do about the numerous homeless wandering about in the Five Points area neighborhoods. (2) What measures were available to halt the closing of The Austin Academy, an elementary school under the umbrella of the SAISD.

    The meeting was kicked off with a welcoming by Jonathan Ryan, Raices Executive Director.  He introduced Mrs. Maria Gomez, President Cinco Puntos Community Organization to provide the background on the evenings issues.

    District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal was present and began his remarks with on the importance of the Five Points District and his priority of continuing the forward progress of the neighborhood. Mr.
    Bernal pointed out that he is aware of the rise of the homeless population within the community and the issues that have developed. The floor was then opened to the attendees where several comments were made confirming the reports of increased numbers of homeless people and the instances of them coming onto the property, sleeping, creating trash, relieving themselves, and stealing personal property.

    Ron Brown, the Ombudsman/Outreach Manager for the Haven for Hope [Phone: (210) 220- 2114], stated he would come to the scene if an individual or large group were just “hanging out” to address the issue directly with the vagrants and provide them the options that are offered by Haven for Hope. Also, three policemen (Part of the SAFE project) were present and discussed how to “harden” one’s home undefined make it more difficult for the homeless to steal or be a nuisance. The issue was closed with action by the City government to continue to monitor the situation and work closely with Haven for The secondary issue was addressed on the proposed closing of Austin Academy by SAISD.

    Councilman Bernal started by clearly stating the he opposes the closing of the Austin Academy. Councilman then laid out the districts reasoning for the proposed closing. Residents then had the opportunity to voice their opposing of the closing and how it would affect the community. Many parents pointed out the elevated programming at the school and increased probability of collegiate attendance following the Academy’s graduation. Points were also made on how the Austin Academy was one of a decreasing number of public schools still in operation and available to centro San Antonio residents.

    A follow-on meeting open to the public will be held with SAISD specifically on the Austin Academy on May 19, at 5:30pm at Burnet Elementary School. Numerous residents will be attending to voice their opinions against the closing.

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