Only a mother’s abiding love could produce a park this beautiful.
In the middle of downtown San Antonio, if you know just where to look, you’ll find small, tranquil, lushly landscaped Chrispark.
Built in 2005 at 111 Camp Street by the late Linda Pace, an art patron and daughter of the Pace Picante Sauce family, Chrispark is a living tribute to the memory of her son, Christopher Goldbury, who passed away in 1997.
There are no playgrounds here, no sprawling fields of grass through which kids can run. But children are drawn to the quiet beauty of this joyful place nevertheless.
Maybe it’s because little ones want to touch, smell, and learn about the 18 different plants found here, a mix of South Texas and exotic species.
Or it could be the whimsical art features, created by artist Teresita Fernandez, at the request of Linda Pace to, “commemorate the potential of everyday occurrences.”
Benches throughout the park, inscribed with passages from Chris’ diary including, “I got licked by a puppy,” and “I hugged a friend,” make kids giggle.
And they love leaping across jewel-toned stepping stones, each one bearing a line from the poem, “Wednesday’s Child,” the day on which Chris was born.
But I think one of the reasons children are happy here is the open invitation to roll down Tumble Hill, a slope running down the back of this one-acre park.
Chrispark is a joyous celebration of life and a quiet reminder to hold your loved ones tight.
Linda Pace’s love letter come to life, resplendent with artistic touches, thick greenery, and, when not in drought season, a flowing fountain, is open Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and closed on Mondays.
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