Oompapa: After Síclovía, It’s Parktoberfest

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Beethoven Maennerchor perform at Beethoven Halle's biergarten. Photo by Robert Rivard

Broadway is the place to be Sunday in San Antonio. Park your car, lace up your running shoes, hop on a bike, or put your dog on a leash for Síclovía, which starts with a 5K run/walk in the Alamo Plaza heading north to just past the Pearl.on Broadway.

It’s a different street when people and pets take the place of cars and trucks. Temperatures should be in the high 60s when the race and walk start at 8 a.m. Broadway from Alamo Plaza to Lion’s Field will remain closed to vehicle traffic until 3 p.m. Download the new Síclovía mobile app before you leave for the event.  Take the Síclovía Safety Pledge for a chance to win a bicycle helmet.

Council members Rebecca Viagran (D3) and Shirley Gonzales (D5) take the Síclovía Safety Pledge. Photo by Robert Rivard.

City Council members Rebecca Viagran (D3) and Shirley Gonzales (D5) take the Síclovía Safety Pledge. Photo by Robert Rivard.

Afterwards, head for Brackenridge Park and the fifth annual Parktoberfest, a celebration of San Antonio’s 19th century German heritage and culture and the biergarten that the Koehler family of Pearl Brewery fame operated along the San Antonio River in the early 1900s.

There will be nine different local brewery’s participating, and a number of food trucks at the Koehler and Cypress Pavilions. Admission is free. The event is 3-6 p.m. There will be musical performances by Beethoven Maennerchor and the San Antonio Ragtime Society.

German immigrant Otto Koehler, a prominent San Antonio businessman, was one of the founders of the San Antonio Brewing Association that produced Pearl Beer. On Christmas Eve 1916, Otto Koehler’s widow Emma donated 11 acres to the City to honor her late husband. Mrs. Koehler’s gift included a stipulation that “malt liquors” could be served inside Koehler Park, which is adjacent to Brackenridge Park. Most people are unaware of the second park, whose Koehler Pavilion was built in the 193os by the Work Progress Administration.

Parktoberfest was started and held each year by the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 to be a “steward of and advocate for the Park and an instrument for protecting, preserving and enhancing the Park’s and an instrument for protecting, preserving and enhancing the Park’s natural, cultural, educational, historic and recreational resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.”

 

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