H-E-B CEO Charles Butt donates $1 million for East Side park

Lincoln Park to get facelift in time for city's tricentennial celebration

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor, Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt will pledge $1 million of his own money for the redevelopment of Lincoln Park on the city's East Side, officials announced at a news conference Wednesday.

In addition to Butt's pledge, city staff had recommended that the city of San Antonio match the donation as part of the 2017 proposed bond program.

If approved by the bond committee and City Council, the proposed project will go before voters for approval in May 2017. If selected, improvements to the park at 2915 E. Commerce St. could be completed by the summer of 2018, when the city celebrates its 300th anniversary.

"It's a very exciting time because with the opportunity to leverage both this pledge and the upcoming proposed bond program, this really transforms the community to be able to enjoy this as part of the tricentennial in 2018, and for that matter becomes a legacy beyond the celebration in 2018," Tricentennial Commission CEO Edward Benavides said.

Potential park improvements and opportunities for the community to help develop the vision for the park were revealed at the news conference. Art illustrations from local students depicting their "dream park" were displayed.

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