Civic Park at Hemisfair

civic park at hemisfair & Urban Design Guidelines

The civic park is a planned 16-acre public park and private development in San Antonio’s downtown core. Located within the 1968 “HemisFair” International Exposition grounds, the park is adjacent to the world-famous River Walk and in the midst of several vibrant and growing neighborhoods.

Designed as a “place that fits” San Antonio’s life, character, and vision, the civic park will connect to existing neighborhoods while catalyzing new development. Referencing regional geological formations and San Antonio’s street and river levels, the landform of the park acknowledges the city’s layered ‘balconies’ and uses similar elements to create points of discovery and promontory views across the park.

The civic park design introduces public plazas and courtyards, an event lawn and stage, intimate gardens, and a promenade that connects spaces within and beyond the park. Recycled water will travel through the park, from a source fountain, through channels, and into shallow pools, to tell the story of San Antonio’s historical, natural, and contemporary water use.







Location: San Antonio, TX
Size: 16 acres
Client: City of San Antonio - Transportation and Capital Improvements Department (TCI)
The Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC)
Completion Date: 2021


GGN, Landscape Architect
Alamo Architects, Architect
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Civil Engineer
Jaster-Quintanilla, Structural Engineer
CNG Engineering, MEP
Vickrey & Associates, Civil Engineer
CMS Collaborative, Fountain Design
Tillett Lighting, Lighting Design
Toole Design Group, Traffic Engineer
ETM Associates, Operations & Maintenance
Theatre Projects, Theater Design
Ximenes & Associates, Public Outreach
Drew Collaborative Works, Cost Estimating


Conceptual Design - Construction Administration


Targeting LEED-ND


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