An expansive piece of land in Woodlawn Hills is primed to become the neighborhood's latest attraction. On April 1, the City of San Antonio announced the 3.3-acre parcel will become the city's newest green space.
The land, located at 224 West Quill Dr., was originally slated for development before being acquired by the city in late 2018. Its location (it's just down the road from Woodlawn Hill Elementary School) meets a growing need for recreation space in an area that lacks accessible parkland.
In a release, San Antonio Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, who represents District 7, expanded on this need for a park of this size.
“I advocated for this property in District 7 because it’s vital for all residents to have access to green space,” she said in a release. “I look forward to seeing children run, residents walk on trails, and neighbors being able to connect with each other.”
The park development is part of the city's SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, a three-part planning effort to guide the city toward "smart, sustainable growth" by 2040. Part of this three-pronged approach is to address land use and urban design — including expanding access to recreational areas and green spaces inside core areas like the Near Northwest Side.
“The land acquisition is consistent with the City’s SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan,” said Xavier Urrutia, director of Parks and Recreation. “As our park system grows our department will ensure the distribution is equitable so that all residents have opportunities to recreate.”
As for the rest of SA Connect's plan for the Near Northwest Side, which also includes sustainability and multimodal transportation prongs, that will be officially rolled out at the end of 2019's fiscal year.