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.
“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."
“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 tothat 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 SA300celebration 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.