In a recent issue of the San Antonio Current, Michael Barajas wrote in depth about the HemisFair Park redevelopment effort, which is on the verge of having a final master plan. Parking was mentioned once in the feature. After reporting that a chief problem for HemisFair is its “disjointed layout that isolates the park, and a lack of green space,” Barajas goes on to write that “parking woes also dog the park, according to the planners — a chief complaint after Luminaria was relocated exclusively inside the HemisFair this year.”
There is no indication that Barajas sees the monumental disconnect between these two statements, but I hope Andres Andujar and the other planners do. Take a second to look at HemisFair from above. If you ignore the Convention Center, parking lots are the single most ubiquitous feature of the park. They are the primary reason for the lack of green space, and contribute quite a bit to the disjointed feel of this sprawling downtown public space.