For #15 of our #SA2020Resolutions quest to visit 20 parks this year, my kids and I visited Maverick Park, a three-acre stretch on the corner of Broadway and Jones. People gathered in Maverick Park on that late Sunday in September to play in the streets, AKA attend Síclovía, the city’s biannual party which closes several miles of Broadway to car traffic.
Bikers, walkers, dog lovers, and people of all ages who love to get outdoors and move flock to Síclovía twice a year, taking advantage of miles of safe passage for exercise and fun and the opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbors.
In 1881, politician, lawyer, and land baron Samuel Maverick donated the land for the park to the City of San Antonio which, in turn, named the park after him.
According to Wikipedia, “His name is the source of the term ‘maverick,’ first cited in 1867, which means ‘independently minded.'”
Recently, local politician Mike Villarreal chose Maverick Park as the location for the official announcement of his mayoral campaign (photo courtesy of Randy Bear, with Concerned Citizens, who’s keeping a close eye on the upcoming mayoral race – visit his blog for updates!).
Small, but clean and conveniently located just north of downtown San Antonio, Maverick Park houses a pavilion with four picnic tables which can be rented, many mature and several newly-planted trees, and a bit of room for little ones to run (just keep an eye on the busy Broadway traffic nearby). We saw port-a-potties on the outskirts of the park on the day we visited but I’m not sure if they’re always available. Drop by if you’re in the area to check it out or visit Maverick Park during the next Síclovía scheduled for late March 2015 (exact date TBA).
Check out all of the San Antonio parks we’ve visited this year as part of our #SA2020Resolutions.
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