City officials broke ground Friday on a $2.6 million improvement project for Martin Luther King Park that will add lighting, connect the Eastside park with an adjacent sports complex and add monuments to emphasize the park’s historical significance.
The bond would bring badly-needed infrastructure upgrades to neighborhoods and historic investment in transformative, citywide projects.
Many residents who signed up to speak advocated for projects that didn’t make the proposed 2017 bond project list.
In an almost courtroom-like setting, with a podium front and center dividing rows of chairs left and right, more than 50 Eastside residents poured into the gymnasium of the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio on Thursday evening to listen to neighbors and community member address the potential renaming of the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Bridge to R.A. Callies Freedom Bridge.
The more than 30 community members at a public meeting at Eastside Community Baptist Church Thursday afternoon had differing opinions regarding the potential name change of the Eastside’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Bridge over Salado Creek.
A portion of Espada Road, located in the Mission Parkway Historic District, will receive a much-needed facelift over the next year, including road reconstruction and widening, bike lanes, and new concrete curbs and driveways.
In September 2015, the City of San Antonio launched Vision Zero, an initiative championed by City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales (D5), with unanimous support from City leadership and elected officials.
Comprehensive long-term planning is emerging as the hallmark of Mayor Ivy Taylor’s 300 days in office, a good thing given the looming challenges facing San Antonio, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities and one of the most geographically dispersed.