Dignowity Park Project Gets Funding Help From San Antonio Parks Foundation & Lyft
Lyft and the San Antonio Parks Foundation have joined forces to raise funds for the Dignowity Park Project. The much-anticipated project will improve a 9-acre public park in the Eastside Promise Zone bringing a new picnic area, a new playground, a fresh basketball court, a new splash pad, an event lawn, a new dog park, and more. All proceeds from the Lyft 2019 Fiesta medal will help fund basic access and digital equity at Dignowity Park through shade structures, modern seating, and WiFi.
“The Dignowity Park Project is a rare one for our community in that there is basically unanimous support for these improvements. The closure of Burnet Street and reconnection of the two parks is a potent metaphor for uniting our community on common ground to move beyond what divides us,” said Nicolas Rivard, Director of Public Space East.
Lyft’s mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation and that includes the goal to support cities and communities built around people, not cars. “We are thrilled to back the great work of the San Antonio Parks Foundation. As one of the world’s largest voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets, Lyft supports environmentally conscious and equitable initiatives that help connect the community through new greenspace, creating frictionless city living,” said Janet Peavy, Lyft Market Manager for San Antonio.”
Medals can be purchased for $10 at the Lyft San Antonio Driver Support Center, located at 8610 Broadway Street, Ste. 240 or online for $12 which includes shipping and handling.
“On behalf of the City of San Antonio and the residents of District 2, I want to thank Lyft for doing business in San Antonio and for recognizing the community value of Lockwood-Dignowity Parks. I appreciate and endorse the donation of Fiesta Medal proceeds to the San Antonio Parks Foundation, which will help improve physical activity and the enjoyment of the parks by District 2 and other residents,” said Art Hall, District 2 City Council.
Lyft was founded in 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and is available to 95 percent of the United States population as well as select cities in Canada. Lyft is committed to effecting positive change for our cities by offsetting carbon emissions from all rides, and by promoting transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships.
About the San Antonio Parks Foundation
The San Antonio Parks Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide enhancements to the parks of the City of San Antonio and the County of Bexar which improve the quality of life for all of our citizens.
Organized in 1981, the Foundation works closely with the City of San Antonio’s Departments of Parks and Recreation and Downtown Operations in addition to the County of Bexar. Funding for parks projects is provided from foundation and corporate grants and individual gifts. The proceeds from five large events: Fest of Tails, Chaparral Music Festival (an official Fiesta event), San Antonio’s Official 4th of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park, Jazz’SAlive in Travis Park and Celebrate San Antonio (San Antonio’s Official New Year’s Eve Celebration downtown) assist the Foundation in maintaining the operating budget.
In addition to providing monetary support for park projects, the San Antonio Parks Foundation also acquires land for dedicated park space and natural areas through the donation of land or purchase.
About Dignowity Park
Dignowity Park is east of downtown on “Dignowity Hill” — land once owned by Dr. Anthony M. Dignowity, a Czech immigrant who made San Antonio his home in 1846. He stopped in San Antonio on his way to fight in the U.S.-Mexican War, and stayed after seeing that the city needed a doctor. Dr. Dignowity became a prominent physician and invested in real estate, mainly on the city’s east side.
In 1854, he and his wife, Amanda, built a large stone house on the highest hill east of town, naming it “Harmony House.” Like many San Antonians, Dr. Dignowity opposed slavery and was nearly killed by Confederates. He spent the Civil War years away from Texas, and then returned to San Antonio where he died in 1875. Amanda Dignowity continued to sell real estate and live in Harmony House until her death in 1907. After the property was acquired for a City park, the house was demolished in 1926.
The land was not formally dedicated as a park, however, and was sold in 1948 for construction of Baptist Memorial Hospital. Three years later, the city repurchased it, and in 1952, the land was finally dedicated for “park and recreation purposes only” and officially named Dignowity Park.
Park Location: 701 Nolan San Antonio, Texas