Opposition arises after city staff recommends additional fields at McAllister Park
Maps show 976-acre park currently has 16 Little League fields
SAN ANTONIO – Opposition to the staff-recommended addition of more Little League fields at McAllister Park arose prior to the city's first Parks and Recreation Community Bond Committee meeting Monday night.
McAllister Park is already a major Little League destination. Maps show there are currently 16 fields in the 976-acre park.
Last week, members on San Antonio's City Council were presented with a list of staff recommendations for the 2017-2022 bond program, which included Capitol Park Little League baseball fields at McAllister Park at a cost of $2 million.
"For people that have Little League players, that's nice. But for those of us that actually love the trails, that would be really sad," said bicyclist Dave Pocta.
Some park regulars aren't willing to give up green space currently used for biking, hiking and running.
Laura Matthews, who is president of Friends of McAllister Park, is not only urging people to let the Parks and Recreation Community Bond Committee know that, but says the park desperately needs funds for other projects.
"We do not want the Capitol Little League McAllister relocation on the final bond proposal from District 10 to City Council," Matthews said.
A city spokeswoman sent the following emailed statement:
“The current list of projects for the proposed 2017 Bond Program is a preliminary list. The public process to discuss projects and obtain community input begins today and will end in December. The community bond committees will submit their recommended list of projects to the Mayor and City Council for review in January 2017. We encourage all San Antonio residents to attend a meeting and join the 2017 Bond conversation. All committee meetings will be hosted at the Central Library Auditorium located at 600 Soledad, are open to the public and parking is free.”
The city has created the following five bond committees that will each hold five public meetings:
Streets, Bridges and Sidewalks
Drainage and Flood Control
Parks, Recreation and Open Space
The full list of meetings can be found here.
Rob Foster, president of Capitol Park Little League, told KSAT 12 News over the phone that the organization has been at the same park off Bulverde Road and Wurzbach Parkway for more than 56 years. The land is owned by the Zachry Corporation.
The organization has been looking for a new home for three years and has already laid groundwork for an $8 million facility. If approved, $2 million of that would come from the city, and the additional $6 million would come from matching donors and fundraising.
If approved, the facility would be built between Time Warner Cable Park and the existing upper-level McAllister Park Little League fields. The project would remove six miles of trails.
"It's not us against Friends of McAllister. They have their concerns. They're all mountain bikers, environmentalists, but we're hundreds of Little League families. And it's a concern about the kids and a place for them to play," Foster said.
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