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File #: 19-5922   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Planning Commission
On agenda: 11/27/2019
Posting Language: A request by the Parks and Recreation Department for approval of a resolution recommending the acceptance of a donation from the San Antonio Housing Authority of 0.728 acres of land to serve as a neighborhood park located at 723 Arthur Street in Council District 2. Staff recommends Approval. (Rocky Duque de Estrada, (210) 207-2873, Rocky.Duquedeestrada@sanantonio.gov, Parks and Recreation Department)
Attachments: 1. PhillisWheatleyParkaerial2, 2. PC Resolution - PhillisWheatley4, 3. PowerPoint for Acceptance of Land Donation from SAHA 11-27-19
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DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation

STAFF COORDINATOR:

COUNCIL DISTRICT IMPACTED: 2

SUBJECT:
Acceptance of a Land Donation from the San Antonio Housing Authority

SUMMARY:

This resolution recommends the Planning Commission authorize the acceptance of a property donation from the San Antonio Housing Authority of 0.728 acres of land to serve as a neighborhood park located at 723 Arthur Street in Council District 2.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The proposed property donation of Phillis Wheatley Park as approved by the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) Board of Commissioners will serve as a neighborhood park in Council District 2. The acquisition of this park is consistent with the goals and objectives outlined in the SA Parks System Plan which recommends providing equitable access to parks and recreation activities and addressing a recreational need in an urban environment. The property is accessible to pedestrians and provides additional public parkland in an underserved area.

Phillis Wheatley Park opened in September 2019 and includes a playground, exercise equipment, pavilion, seating, shade canopies, open field and parking. A public art component featuring mosaic glass tile memorial walls, statutes and benches was included in the development of the park. As a condition of the Deed to the property, the San Antonio Housing Authority is requesting the park be named "Phillis Wheatley Park."

The Parks and Recreation Department consistently looks for opportunities to collaborate with potential partners to establish public green space and provide recreational opportunities to meet the needs of the community. This project incorporated a robust public engagement effort with multiple public input meetings having occurred. The final design and constructed park is a reflection of the community's feedback. Phillis Wheatley Park hosts recreation opportunities through Fitness in the Park programming and balances active and passive uses.

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