SAN ANTONIO -- Who says you can’t fight City Hall, and win?
On Tuesday, city planners reversed course and announced that there will be no new little league facility built at McAllister Park, citing tremendous community input against the plan.
A petition drive launched last week has amassed about 6,000 signatures from those who want to see the natural area of the north San Antonio park preserved.
A city news release on the topic stated:
“The City is now in the process of exploring alternative sites other than at McAllister Park. Staff will present options to the Parks & Recreation Community Bond Committee at their next meeting on Monday, October 17.”
On Tuesday night, supporters of Capitol Park Little League gathered at their facility to talk about the tremendous value of the non-profit organization that serves some 500 families.
League President Rob Foster said that almost one-third of the families served by the league fall below the federal poverty line and he said no child is ever turned away based upon inability to pay.
Players, coaches, parents and supporters shared impassioned remarks about how thousands of children have benefitted from the program over the years.
Foster said that the group has been searching unsuccessfully for a new location for about three years. He noted that they need at least thirty acres to accommodate both ball fields and parking for spectators.
District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher said that he is delighted by the level of involvement he has seen on this topic and he said city staff members are working hard to find a suitable tract of land in the area near the current park on Bulverde Road near Wurzbach Parkway.
“I even got a text from the Mayor and I got another one later from our city manager saying we’ve got to make sure we can get this resolved,” Gallagher said. “I was so proud of them that they expressed concern too.”
Citizen volunteers are serving on committees, developing a bond initiative to take to voters in 2017. The ballpark project is one of many options.
For a link to the full calendar of upcoming meetings by the committees, click here.