Children cut ribbon on long-awaited South Side park

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 29, 2019) – A long needed park in South San Antonio is now ready for the community.

The ribbon was cut, and outdoor playtime began on Oct. 15 at Palomino Park located on the grounds of Palo Alto College in San Antonio. Leaders say the park will give the nearly 8,000 children in the area an accessible place for physical fitness while connecting them to a college campus.

The playground is part of the San Antonio Sports School Parks initiative, which turns campus playgrounds into accessible parks that can be used by the community after school hours. Palomino Park, one of over 40 in San Antonio, is the first to be located on a college campus. It was funded, in part, by the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation, and a gift from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation.

“John L. Santikos was a visionary who loved San Antonio and the surrounding communities. He entrusted the San Antonio Area Foundation to ensure his legacy of giving continued in the community, and what better way to see his legacy in action,” said Marjie M. French, CEO of the San Antonio Area Foundation. “Two of Mr. Santikos’ focus areas for gifting are public parks and education. Palomino Park is a marriage of those two areas and perfectly represents his vision of accessibility for all.”

In addition to a play area, the park features picnic tables and barbecue stations and is located near an established fitness trail and soccer field.

“With this new park, we look forward to serving the large presence of children connected to our campus and our neighboring community,” said Robert Garza, president of Palo Alto College. “By providing a positive point of access to college, we hope our neighbors know that Palo Alto College is a place where we build up our community through learning and engaging with one another.”

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