City hosting Alamo Plaza block party

Alamo Plaza 'Better Block' project in need of volunteers

SAN ANTONIO - When is the last time you enjoyed Alamo Plaza without playing "tour guide" for some out-of-town guests?

One of San Antonio's biggest attractions doesn’t seem to actually attract San Antonians. So the city hopes to change that by hosting a "block party." And you're invited.

"Right now, we feel like it is a destination our locals don’t come to,” said Lori Houston, assistant director for the Center City Development Office. “They don’t think about it when they think about what they’re going to do on a Friday or Saturday night."

Most people leave right after visiting the Alamo because there aren’t many places to sit and not much shade. The city wants to use the plaza space to give them a reason to stay.

They’re working with Team Better Block to transform Alamo Plaza into what it could be. The Dallas-based group tours the country revamping communities and hoping to make a permanent change.

All that's needed for the Alamo Plaza project? Your elbow grease.

“If you want to help us build tables, lanterns, do painting, we could use your help this Friday and Saturday," said Houston.

Then on Aug. 17 and 18, the makeover happens, featuring food trucks, scavenger hunts, games, lantern tours, and even a dinner on the plaza. And it all coincides with none other than Davy Crockett's birthday.

"We want to see what sticks,” Houston said. “If it seems like dinners on the plaza are a popular thing, let’s do that quarterly. If the lantern tours are a big hit, we'd like to do that again as well."

For more information on how you can volunteer or schedules for the Better Block festivities, click here.


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