One of the oldest municipal parks in the country, Travis Park is poised to become a historic, vibrant place for San Antonio residents to gather. Nonetheless, Travis Park had a reputation as a place to pass through, rather than as a destination where one could linger. PPS and the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Program worked with the City of San Antonio’s Center City Development & Operations Department to change this narrative for Travis Park, making it a place that adds excitement to downtown San Antonio.
PPS convened locals to create a vision for the park; one of a multi-use space, to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Based on feedback received during a series of public placemaking workshops, PPS brought new amenities to the space, including food trucks, umbrellas, movable tables and chairs, and ongoing public programming, such as fitness classes, historic tours, live music, free movies and game tournaments. The grand re-opening of the space in March of 2014 also unveiled new book kiosks, giant chess sets, and other games to attract users at all times of the day. These placemaking projects in the park have sparked a number of additional improvement projects to enhance users’ experience, and strengthened the identity of downtown San Antonio.
“The revitalization of Travis Park will make the urban core more attractive for locals and tourists alike... By engaging both the public and private sectors, we are creating a vibrant community hub in the heart of downtown.”
– Julián Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio, current U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
With locally-inspired activities that fly in the face of traditional park programs, from bread-baking to puppet shows, Toronto residents created a community place out of a park neglected by locals and city officials alike.