The family of a prominent local businessman has bequeathed the Far West Side with an unbe-leaf-able gift: nearly 9 acres of parkland.
Nani Falcone Community Park will add 8.763 acres of land near the corner of Guilbeau Road and Wickersham Street, behind the H-E-B. The gift from the late Stanley Spigel expands the park to 74.3 acres, and will eventually be used to connect the park to the Howard Peak Greenway Trail System.
As San Antonio City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval notes in a release announcing the news, the gift is rather exceptional. "It is not everyday we add eight acres of land to our parks," she said.
Currently, the expansive community space is home to picnic space, children's playscapes, and even a skate park. Spigel's generous donation will allow for improved amenities and trail access for the adjacent Braun Station East neighborhood.
"My husband, Stanley Spigel, loved San Antonio and cared greatly for the quality of life in our city,” said Barbara Spigel, who oversaw the donation on behalf of her husband. “He was a self-made businessman and made it a priority to give back to the community that had been so good to him. I know he would have been very pleased that this land is being donated to the City of San Antonio to enhance our parks system. He would hope that all who use this park enjoy its beauty and benefit from spending time outdoors.”
On December 10, the city formally accepted the donation along with a construction contract to begin connecting the park and the trail. Once funding for the project is secured, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department will ask the community for input on new park amenities and the future trail connection.
"The land donation ... provides an opportunity to better connect residents to this highly utilized green space in an urban environment,” said Homer Garcia III, the department's director. “We’re excited to move this project forward and work with the community in further development of the park.”