San Antonio: Concept Design Approved for Cable Westwood Park
Feature Illustration: Concept for a splashpad, one of the amenities planned for Cable Westwood Park. Courtesy: City of San Antonio.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The concept design for a new West Side city park was approved Wednesday by the Historic and Design Review Commission.
The city Parks and Recreation Department appeared March 3 to request conceptual approval of the landscape architect designs for Cable Westwood Park, which is to be located on the West Side, along the 2200 block of Orr Drive, east-to-southeast of the Orr Drive-Suzette Avenue intersection.
The property is comprised of 13 parcels that were assembled to create a 3.14-acre tract. A third of the property is located within the 100-year floodplain. The northeast border of the site is a tributary creek north of Enrique Barrera Parkway (Old Hwy 90 W) that feeds Leon Creek.
Concept site plan for Cable Westwood Park.
The park concept is the result of a public engagement process and the design is intended to provide access to, and interaction within, a quality park space.
The public engagement approach had three prongs: a community meeting with the Cable/Westwood Neighborhood Association; a Parent-Teacher Association meeting event; and the Children Designing Parks Initiative, which consisted on bringing in to the design process those who are likely to be the ones to use the ark the most, the children attending Cable Elementary School, which is in close proximity to the park.
Access to a small parking lot of eight spaces will be from Orr Drive. The parking lot will be bordered by walkways that lead to a proposed pedestrian sidewalk and walking paths that extend throughout the park.
Amenities within the park at to include a fitness area, basketball court, mini soccer field, splash pad, play area, shade pavilion, and an open lawn. Parks & Rec has also proposed improvements that will preserve and enhance the natural areas surrounding the park.
The landscape plan, as proposed, would feature the large existing trees for shade. Consideration of the plan focused on low impact development strategies that have the potential to mitigate storm water pollution before reaching the creek.
The project has an estimated cost of $1,365,690, according to a line item cost statement submitted with the concept designs.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.