Hype for Hemisfair

Hemisfair Park
The classic attractions of downtown San Antonio have always been the River Walk and the Alamo. What visitors haven’t always been able to experience is a large, open green space to relax and enjoy the Texas weather. That is all changing because of one word: Hemisfair.

Exciting things are happening in downtown San Antonio and it’s not just the Potbelly’s that opened on Commerce St.

The classic attractions of downtown San Antonio have always been the River Walk and the Alamo. What visitors haven’t always been able to experience is a large, open green space to relax and enjoy the Texas weather. That is all changing because of one word: Hemisfair.

HemisFair Park is famous for the 1968 World’s Fair, which celebrated the city’s wide array of cultures along with the 250th Anniversary of San Antonio’s founding. Since the World’s Fair, HemisFair Park slowly disintegrated, with historic homes crumbling and parkland vacant…until now.

HemisFair Park is being transformed into Hemisfair, a three-part series of urban parks laced with restaurants and weekly events—imagine the Pearl Brewery meeting Austin’s Zilker Park. Yanaguana Garden, the first phase of Hemisfair, is already open to the public! The space includes large playscapes, a splashpad, a sand area, life-sized chess, ping-pong, shaded sitting areas, public art, and food vendors for all ages to enjoy. Head over to Yanaguana, grab a homemade Paleta from Paletería, and enjoy the outdoors in the heart of San Antonio. By the end of the project, Hemisfair will extend over 18-acres of parkland, becoming the largest green space in downtown. Best of all, Hemisfair is open 365 days a year, free of charge.

Hemisfair is the perfect spot for visitors to experience everything that is San Antonio—culture, community, and celebration. Check out their website for details on the last two phases!

 

— By Macy Bayern

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