Group looks to enhance Alamo Plaza

Non-profit looking to make impr­ovements to Alamo Plaza to attract more locals

SAN ANTONIO - For years, Alamo Plaza has been a destination for tourists, but now one non-profit group is looking to make it attractive to local residents too.

On Wednesday, Project for Public Spaces hosted a community workshop to get feedback from citizens on what improvements they would like to see at Alamo Plaza.

Phillip Myrick with Project for Public Spaces said while the plaza is a huge tourist attraction, it's not a big destination for San Antonio residents.

"They don't' see that much there offered for them that really sort of makes it a comfortable, inviting place," said Myrick. "The things to do that they are more likely to do on a regular basis."

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal said there is already an effort to redevelop downtown altogether, but that Alamo Plaza definitely needs to be a big part of the plan.

"I just want to see more people there," said Bernal. "I want to see more people there that live here. There's a feeling that downtown is just for tourists. That's completely incorrect. Downtown is for the people that live here, the tourists will follow."

Some residents said they were looking for more bike racks, maybe a small outdoor coffee shop or even a playground for the kids.

"I would think something maybe a little more historical because I don't' think San Antonians appreciate San Antonio as much as they should," said resident Andrew Flores. "So, I would say something like a park. something you add to unite people. Yeah, there's benches there, but something for them to enjoy."

Myrick said they are hoping to have some preliminary recommendations out in about a month.


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