City of San Antonio and The Tricentennial Commission Receive $1 Million Donation For Lincoln Park Enhancements From H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt
June 22, 2017
Melissa C. Sorola
(SAN ANTONIO) — The $1 million donation from H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt for the redevelopment of Lincoln Park was formally accepted by the City of San Antonio and the Tricentennial Commission during today’s City of San Antonio City Council meeting. The ordinance to accept the business leader’s historic contribution was approved by the City Council. Per the agreement that was approved in 2016, this donation will be matched with the $1 million in 2017 Bond Funds to support overall improvements to Lincoln Park for a total $2 million investment for this public/private project. Immediate amenity improvements to the park located at 2915 E. Commerce will include the addition of a splash pad that is scheduled to open to the public in the summer of 2018 as part of the Tricentennial’s commemorative activities.
“Creating community spaces where families can enjoy recreation and the outdoors together has been a passion of H-E-B for many years,” said Charles Butt, Chairman and CEO of H-E-B. “I am pleased to participate personally in Lincoln Park and in the effort to create a vibrant source for health and wellness, education and the powerful spirit of community.”
“It’s these kinds of philanthropic gifts that demonstrate the power of matching public and private dollars to accomplish the goals of our community, including improving our parks,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “The citizens of San Antonio voted to approve the 2017 bond because they recognized the importance of investing in our future as we prepare for significant growth in San Antonio.”
Lincoln Park was chosen as a recipient of these funds by Mr. Butt based on its location on the East Side and its impact on families and neighbors in the area for almost 100 years. The park enhancements will ensure this community space will be a site for neighbors and guests to enjoy an accessible outdoor recreation area for years to come.
“So many families in our community have memories of great times at Lincoln Park,” said Cruz Shaw, District 2 City Councilman. “We are grateful for Mr. Charles Butt’s investment into revitalizing this space so our community can make even more memories at our historic park.”
“San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebration honors our history, and what better way to do that than by investing in the first public park that was accessible to the African American community nine decades ago,” said Shaw. “We thank Mr. Butt for fueling our efforts to keep District 2 a great place to work, live, and play and look forward to continued collaboration.”
The Lincoln Park improvements have been designated as an official Tricentennial initiative. The Tricentennial Commission has identified projects that are accessible to everyone and that will be sustainable for future generations. Along with these park enhancements, Tricentennial legacy initiatives will also include public art and capital improvement projects.
“The Tricentennial Commission is honored to have the support of business leader and philanthropist Charles Butt,” said Robert Thrailkill, Tricentennial Commission President. “The Tricentennial commemorative year will include landmark events from our more than 500 partners, history and education initiatives, arts and culture events, a celebration of our military history, and, as demonstrated today, investments in legacy projects to serve San Antonio in the future.”
“A guiding principle of the Tricentennial Commission is to create a positive and lasting impact, and this generous donation in addition to the 2017 bond funds, will make improvements to Lincoln Park that will benefit our city beyond our 300th commemoration,” said Edward Benavides, San Antonio Tricentennial CEO. “We are honored with this gift and look forward to a SA300 Lincoln Park celebration in the summer of 2018.”
Additional lasting park improvements will include walking trails, fitness stations, lighting upgrades and further connectivity and accessibility to the surrounding neighborhoods. Community input meetings will take place in the coming months.
About the San Antonio Tricentennial:
In 2018, San Antonio will mark its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events. As San Antonio takes the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service, and Commemorative Week. The yearlong commemoration will celebrate our memorable past and propel us into our equally remarkable future. You are invited to join our community and be a part of the next chapter in San Antonio’s legendary story. Visit www.sanantonio300.org for more information.