SAN ANTONIO — A one-acre piece of land that used to be the Wheatley Courts Public Housing Complex will be transformed into a neighborhood park.

On Wednesday, neighbors gathered together on the East Side of the city to share their thoughts on a plan to build a new park in an area that was once an eyesore.

The area has been revitalized thanks to a $30 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

"This is going to be for them,” said Marivel Resendiz of the San Antonio Housing Authority. “To transform this vacant parcel into something that’s going to create memories for them and showcase what this community means"

"I have two young ones that love to play outside,” Sabrina Mata, a neighbor said. “It would be perfect for them"

Construction is set to begin in the fall. The park should be open by next spring.