The first San Antonio Sports SPARK park was unveiled with the help of 700 students at Sky Harbour Elementary School (Southwest ISD) today. SPARK is a school park program that turns public elementary and middle school property into neighborhood parks to be enjoyed by the community outside of school hours. At the unveiling, the design and major elements of the park were revealed, including a public art component.
San Antonio Sports SPARK is an initiative of San Antonio Sports in partnership with the City of San Antonio and the UTSA College of Architecture. A licensee of SPARK Houston, San Antonio Sports will spearhead the SPARK effort with schools throughout Bexar County. “Our goal is to build one SPARK in each City Council district each year, which would mean 100 new school parks over the next decade,” says Dr. Susan Blackwood, San Antonio Sports executive director.
The first SPARK in Southwest ISD at Sky Harbour Elementary is expected to be completed this fall. SPARK will bring together the resources of government, school districts, the private sector, colleges and universities, neighborhood groups, PTA’s and concerned citizens to make San Antonio a healthier place. The schools, their students, families and surrounding community have design input as well as funding and maintenance obligations. A SPARK park is envisioned as a place of fun and creativity, reflecting a neighborhood’s characteristics in its design and art and giving residents a convenient, safe place to play and exercise.
Plans are underway for a second San Antonio Sports SPARK at Jackson Keller Elementary in North East ISD. The groundbreaking will take place this summer.
Partners at Sky Harbour SPARK include: The Brown Foundation, Inc., Bury+Partners Inc., City of San Antonio Council District 4, City of San Antonio Council District 8, City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation, H-E-B, Marmon Mok Architecture, Port San Antonio, Sky Harbour Elementary, Southwest ISD, Toyota (TODOS - Toyota Organization for the Development of Latinos), and The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Architecture.
San Antonio Sports, a nonprofit sports commission, was established in 1984 with a mission to transform our community through the power of sport. It does so by attracting and hosting premier sporting events, delivering sports and fitness programs for area children and families and advocating for quality athletic facilities.