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  • December 01, 2012 12:52 PM | Deleted user
    November 30, 2012

    Upcoming downtown events and construction activity will require temporary street closures. Motorists will be diverted as the City closes several streets to accommodate the activity.

    9:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Sidewalk and ADA improvements

    See closures for sidewalk and ADA improvements here...

    Work will be done one side at a time to allow for pedestrian access on the opposite side of the work zone. A police officer will be present to assist with the re-direction of pedestrian traffic.

    Now through October 31, 2014 (24 hours)
    S. Alamo from Probandt to Pereida
    Partial and full closures for street reconstruction

    November 13 - December 31 (7 am - 5 pm)
    S. Alamo from Guenther to Probandt
    Full street closure

    November 26 - 30 (9 am - 6 pm)
    Crockett St. from Alamo to Bowie
    Full street closure

    For questions about construction-related street closures contact:
    Charlie Johnson


    Every Tuesday (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)
    Main Plaza Farmer's Market
    Lane Closure:
    Dolorosa from S. Flores to Main

    November 30 - December 1 (6 pm Friday - 12 am Saturday)
    Market Square Primer Sabado
    San Saba from Dolorosa to Commerce

    November 30, December 7, December 14, December 21 (11 am - 2 pm)
    Travis Park Holiday Market
    Travis Park from Navarro to Jefferson
    No street or lane closures

    December 1 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
    Santa 5K
    Sunset Station from Houston to Alamo St.

    December 7 - 8 (6 pm Friday - 12 am Saturday)
    Market Square Blessing of the Animals
    San Saba from Dolorosa to Commerce

    December 8 (6 am - 5 pm)
    Better Block Event
    Commerce from Flores to Santa Rosa

    For more information on construction-related street closures, contact the Department of Public Works at 210-207-6949.

    For more information on special event street closures, contact Downtown Operations at 210-207-3677.
  • November 28, 2012 4:36 PM | Deleted user

    To its north stands the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art performance space scheduled to open in fall 2014. Three blocks south is the St. Anthony Hotel, now owned by San Antonio-based BC Lynd Hospitality, which has said it plans to pour millions into the historic hotel’s restoration. In the middle is Travis Park, perhaps the most loathsome of downtown public spaces because of its reputation as a haven for vagrants. Fair or not, its reputation is undeniable.

    The conversation of how to revive the park should happen sooner rather than later, a nearby landowner said. “It’s no secret that Travis Park is in a terrific location, but it’s somewhat lacking in usability by the downtown public,” Laurence P. Seiterle, a principal with Zurich International Properties, said. “I think it needs to be reinvigorated.”

    Seiterle is landlord of multiple key properties downtown, including the Atlee B. Ayres Building one block east of the park.

    He sees Travis Park as having the potential to become a quaint but popular city park like Jamison Square in Portland, Ore., where a low, waterfall-like feature is the main attraction for families.

    “What they did was they created this fantastic mixed-use park that has a sandbox, it has public art, it has a water feature for the kids,” Seiterle said. “It has shading for the parents. Granted, it’s surrounded by high-density residential and retail.” Travis Park could use some of those characteristics, Seiterle said. “When you bring in the moms and the dads and the kids, the bad elements kind of go away on their own undefined they move on,” Seiterle said. He suggests a public-private partnership to get the ball rolling.

    Coincidentally, the City Council on Thursday passed new guidelines for public-private partnerships for specific projects and development undefined as opposed to sustained nonprofit groups like Centro Partnership and the HemisFair Park Area Redevelopment Corp. The newly-blessed guidelines make Seiterle’s dream a possibility. “If the private sector is proposing that they bring funding and the city brings funding, that’s kind of the idea behind public-private partnerships,” said Mike Frisbie, director of the city’s Capital Improvements Management Services department.

    The city has not ignored Travis Park. Most recently, for its mobile food truck pilot program, it placed food trucks there Tuesdays and Fridays at lunchtime, and on a handful of evenings in recent months. The St. Anthony Hotel chipped in by providing picnic tables for the trucks’ patrons. A sliver of funding, $75,000 from the 2012-17 bond program, has been allocated for Travis Park’s electrical infrastructure.

    Seiterle and BC Lynd Hospitality have not talked specifically about the park, but both believe, aside from the aesthetics, that the other key to its sustained success is programming undefined activities that will draw the public to the space. “The key to Travis Park is a combination of doing physical renovation and improvement, but the linchpin really will be to really activate the park through intentional programming,” said Brandon Raney, CEO of BC Lynd Hospitality.

    Locally, Seiterle likens Travis Park’s potential to the regular activities at Main Plaza and the popular Movies by Moonlight screenings at HemisFair Park. “We have to utilize what we have,” Seiterle said. “Let’s not try to create new ones without taking care of what we have.” “I’m not saying we have all the answers. I would love to start some conversation and let’s see what kind of feedback we get.”

    Benjamin Olivo

  • November 28, 2012 4:21 PM | Deleted user

    The six-month experiment is over undefined the city has decided to keep it’s food truck program for downtown. It introduced food trucks here in May. And after some trial and error, it settled on three locations undefined Main Plaza, Travis Park and the Weston Centre undefined for the lunchtime program. The latest schedule shows a fourth location at Madison Square Park, behind the Baptist Medical Center. 

    Here’s the schedule:

    11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • Mondays, Thursdays at Main Plaza
    • Tuesdays at Travis Park
    • Wednesdays at Weston Centre
    • Fridays at Madison Square Park

    Also, 5-8 tonight, food trucks return to Travis Park for their occasional evening engagement. Cheesy Jane’s, Wheelie Gourmet and La Fondita are scheduled to serve. And there will be picnic table seating courtesy of the St. Anthony Hotel.

    Of course, it’s Downtown Tuesday, so parking at city garages and spots is free beginning at 5 p.m.

    Interview requests to the city’s downtown operations department were not immediately returned.

    undefined Benjamin Olivo

  • November 28, 2012 11:41 AM | Deleted user
    San Antonio, TX - Main Plaza Conservancy (MPC) is pleased to announce a new tradition at Main Plaza with its own mariachi group. This all-star ensemble of 18 local high school students from area schools will represent and be ambassadors for all of San Antonio.

    Silver Bells in the City, MPC’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Ceremony marks the first public appearance of Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 1, 2012. This event begins at 4:00pm with the Travis Park Ringers followed at 5:00pm by YOSA - Youth Orchestras of San Antonio to be joined at 6:00pm by the Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio!

    Santa will be on Main Plaza from 4-7pm and 8:30-10pm to take notes on whether you've been naughty or nice! If you've been nice, he will be ready for some great family photo ops and the background couldn't be more spectacular with the Cathedral, Christmas tree, Orchestra and Mariachi!! Just remember to bring your camera or smart phone.

    The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:30pm with guest speakers to include Father Tony Vilano of San Fernando Cathedral, Judge Nelson Wolff and Main Plaza Conservancy's Chairman, William Scanlan, Jr. An added component to the festivities is Santa's own reindeer grazing and waiting to be called to duty by Santa, in their pen at the Bexar County Courthouse front lawn. The festivities continue from 7-8:30pm on the Courthouse lawn providing photo ops with Santa and his Reindeer! Hot Chocolate and holiday cookies will be served. Then it's back across the street to Main Plaza for holiday music entertainment performed by San Antonio's Chris Lopez! It's a full evening of incredible entertainment and holiday splendor with a family-filled atmosphere in the "Heart of the City".
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