City seeks balance between safety, inclusivity at Travis Park

On Monday night at the St. Anthony Hotel, $75-a-plate dinners were served to guests at a Parks and Recreation fundraising gala for the refurbished Travis Park, which reopened earlier that day after a three-month, $500,000 renovation project.

Just across the street was the park itself, which has struggled for years to shake a less-than-stellar reputation. Those sitting on park benches before the renovation likely hadn’t spent more than a few bucks on a meal, much less $75. In fact, you would have been hard pressed to find regular park visitors who had seen that kind of money — or food — in a long time.

The newly renovated park, however, is designed to attract tourists and San Antonians alike on a consistent basis. It features new umbrella-covered furniture, a mini dog park and a mobile kiosk packed with games like ping pong and bocce ball. More–>