During tough economic times, progress on San Antonio's parks system has been accomplished with more ingenuity and less funding, according to Eric Lautzenheiser, assistant manager of the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.
"The city has faced the same fiscal challenges as everyone else," Lautzenheiser
said recently, speaking to the Leon Springs Business Association
"We've had to hold tight and reduce expenses."
Even so, the original natural preserve at Friedrich Park and surrounding Woodland Hills has doubled in size to 600 acres, with 240 acres open to the public.
Two grants have helped, said Lautzenheiser
"By the end of the year, you'll see some 'parkscaping' and dressing up of the park," he
"We're making real progress in putting these pieces together," Lautzenheiser
said, urging citizens to make recommendationsif they see a possible preserve or park.
Near the Hills & Dales neighborhood, "Medallion Park was recommended by neighbors in the area," he