SAN ANTONIO -- The head of a major Texas grocery store chain give a big boost to San Antonio to re-develop Lincoln Park.

H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt donated $1 million to the public and private venture, matching the 2017 Bond Funds to the project and bringing the total investment to $2 million.

"Creating community spaces where families can enjoy recreation and the outdoors together has been a passion of H-E-B for many years," said Butt. "I am pleased to participate personally in Lincoln Park and in the effort to create a vibrant source for health and wellness, education and the powerful spirit of community."

Among those improvements to the Eastside park will be a splash pad.

"It's these kinds of philanthropic gifts that demonstrate the power of matching public and private dollars to accomplish the goals of our community, including improving our parks," said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "The citizens of San Antonio voted to approve the 2017 bond because they recognized the importance of investing in our future as we prepare for significant growth in San Antonio."

Lincoln Park was chosen as a recipient of the funds by Butt based on its location on the East Side and its impact on families and neighbors in the area for almost 100 years.

The city said the park enhancements will ensure the community space will be a site for neighbors and guests to enjoy an accessible outdoor recreation area for years to come. 

"So many families in our community have memories of great times at Lincoln Park," said Cruz Shaw, District 2 City Councilman. "We are grateful for Mr. Charles Butt's investment into revitalizing this space so our community can make even more memories at our historic park."

The improvements are a part of the official Tricentennial initiative.

Additional park improvements will include walking trails, fitness stations, lighting upgrades and further connectivity and accessibility to the surrounding neighborhoods.

The city said community input meetings will take place in the coming months.


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