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Hemisfair –

Alamo

One of the World’s Great Urban Parks 

Citywide Impact: Hemisfair is undergoing a 20-year, three-phase redevelopment of the 1968 World’s Fair site into a mixed-use neighborhood centered on three parks. Phase 1, an $8 million investment in Yanaguana Garden, built the second busiest park per acre in Texas. Phase 2, Civic Park, broke ground in February 2022 representing a $62M investment. It is set to be complete in 2024 in time to host the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2025. Phase 3, located in the Eastern Zone of the Hemisfair District (Tower Park) is in the design stage. All three areas will unite to form the reimagined district that is Hemisfair, one of the world’s great public spaces.

Economic Impact:Upon completion, it is projected that Civic Park will attract one million visitors per year, with more than half being locals. This investment has spurred about $2 billion in private investment around the district including St. Paul Square, the Alamo, Silver Ventures-owned property to the south, two hotels, two apartment buildings, and renovations at La Villita.

Cultural Impact: More than 3 million visitors have experienced the 4-acre Yanaguana Garden since opening in October 2015. Civic Park will offer something for everyone – from culinary festivals to live music, community celebrations of all kinds will fill the calendar. The project features a shaded promenade, the Springs water feature, and a great lawn with event capacity of up to 15,000 people. The park will offer enriching, captivating experiences that draw people together and strengthen our community.

Synergies & Connections Impact: Hemisfair Boulevard has the potential to connect Hemisfair to Dignowity  Hill, Denver Heights, and other nearby Eastside neighborhoods. Upgrading Alamo Street into a great street from Cesar Chavez Boulevard to Commerce Street,  into a Great Street from Cesar Chavez Boulevard to Commerce Street, Hemisfair Civic Park, and Yanaguana Garden will connect the East Side and Southtown to downtown. Alamo Plaza, only one block to the north, is undergoing its own redevelopment downtown. The Alamo Street improvements will better connect La Villita and the Alamo to Hemisfair.

Identity & Branding Impact: The prospect of major civic spaces has the potential to rebrand downtown San Antonio at a magnitude not seen since the emergence of the Riverwalk but with greater programmatic range. This sequence will bring life back to the street level unlike any strategy has to date better connecting the historic downtown core to neighboring communities.

Projects Nearby

Halcyon Southtown

Development Pipeline

Public

Projects
36
Investment
$ 0.8 B
RESIDENTIAL UNITS
2000
OFFICE SQUARE FEET
200 K SF
Hotel Rooms
2.8
REHAB UNITES
9

Private

PROJECTS
18
INVESTMENT
$ 1.4 B
Street Projects
8
CULTURAL AMENITIES
9

(Parks, Museum, Plazas)

Updated August 2022

Hemisfair Projects

See what else is going on! The map below features projects in the greater downtown region. Use filters to view projects by use, status, and sector. Click on the symbols on the map for more detail on each project. All data is available for download using the icon below.  
Halcyon Southtown

Hemisfair Private Investment

Pipeline Status
# of Projects
Residential Units
Office SF
Hotel Rooms
Total Investment
Total
26
2,474
9,211
278
$1,022,198,768
Recently Completed
7
686
447,562
195
$980,963,906
Under Construction
6
672
472,475
342
$323,550,000
Proposed & in Planning
13
1,116
0
475
$107,000,000
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Connie Garza

TACTICAL PLANNING COORDINATOR

Connie is a native San Antonian with roots planted deeply on San Antonio’s Southside. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Passionate about building strong communities, Connie loves acting as a connector to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and people to help each other reach their goals and work together. She works inbetween the Cultural Placemaking team and the Mainstreet Economic Development team, bringing vibrancy and support to urban core businesses to make downtown the place to be. When not at work, you can usually find her at the local plant nursery buying another plant, exploring new cafes/breweries, and spending time with family.

Priscilla Lopez

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Priscilla or “P.Lo” as her teammates affectionately call her, has 20 years of corporate administrative experience. Priscilla attended The University of San Antonio with a focus on Business Administration. In her role as office “fixer,” she handles everything from communications and relationship management to IT sleuthing. On weekends you can find her enjoying a Truly poolside. She lives the vegan lifestyle and is  a proud member of the Peleton community.

Michael Cirlos

JEDI CAMERAMAN

Michael began his studies and volunteer work at Webster University Thailand with a focus on international relations and Buddhism. After returning to San Antonio and graduating from UTSA, Michael began photographing and telling the stories of people in Downtown San Antonio to help connect and increase awareness of our vibrant urban culture. Michael’s work has appeared in several news media organizations, and has produced digital content for small- and large-scale marketing campaigns for Red Bull, COSA Department of Arts and Culture, World Heritage Office, National Park Service, and others. Michael is a former Pecha Kucha San Antonio Speaker, best-selling author at Trinity University Press, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

JanIe Garza

OFFICE MANAGER

Janie is a native of Corpus Christi, TX and has made San Antonio her home since 2012. Her 15+ years’ experience allows her to serve a broad range of functions that allow the organization to operate efficiently, including, accounts receivable/payable, record management, information technology, office management, and assisting with human resources. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local art museums, and enjoying a German beer in Southtown.

Matt Sirgo

DIRECTOR OF STORYTELLING

Matt graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 with a Dual Major in Media Strategies and Honors Arts & Letters with a minor in Italian (Benvenuto a tutti!). Matt oversees the marketing, public relations, and digital content for Centro. After sharing the story of Downtown San Antonio on digital channels, he enjoys creating TikToks about LGBTQ+ media. His mug graces a Fiesta Mural on the St. Mary’s Strip just north of Downtown. You can’t miss it. 

Elizabeth Burt

DIRECTOR OF URBAN ACTIVATION + PLAY

Liz is a passionate underutilized space evangelist known for collaboration matchmaking + play based troublemaking (snow, pumpkins, and Parisian mimes included). She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy studying Public Administration (#BirdsUp)! More recently, she oversaw the award winning Activate Houston Street Initiative, a placemaking action plan to reinvigorate the historic pedestrian corridor in the heart of Downtown, which is recognized as a Best Practice in Public Space Management by the International Downtown Association, for which she is also a proud Emerging Leader Fellow.

Jacqueline Lucio

DIRECTOR OF PID OPERATIONS

Jacque is a longtime downtowner with a deep passion for community service. She oversees Centro’s Clean & Safe and Homeless Outreach services, which aim to create a more beautiful, welcoming, inclusive, and hospitable downtown. For nearly two decades, Jacque has lived in downtown San Antonio and has been actively involved in the transformation of the urban core. Through her work with nonprofits, local government, and news media, she’s continually focused on championing more sustainable, diverse, and equitable communities. Jacque has led efforts to support asylum seekers, served as communications director for City Council District 5, and served in public affairs role for Clear Channel Outdoor San Antonio. Jacque studied Mass Communications and Mexican-American Studies at UTSA.

Sarah Esserlieu Khalil

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Sarah is a passionate urbanist who has spent the majority of her career on downtown revitalization efforts. Downtown is the best part of any city where you can find the finest history, culture, life, and beauty. Sarah has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, San DiegoSarah enjoys visiting small local businesses, enjoying foodie culture, cooking, hiking, and visiting the cities of the world. 

Andi Rodriguez

VICE PRESIDENT OF CULTURAL PLACEMAKING

Andi is a long-time urban champion and leads Centro ‘people projects which tell our stories and bring us joy, such as Centro’s Art Everywhere and Zona Cultural. Serving on the Leadership Council of Urban Land Institute, she is a former city Planning Commissioner, Founding Chair of the Hemisfair Conservancy, Co-founder of Power of Preservation/PROM, former Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and immediate past Chair of Leadership San Antonio. Andi considers herself a servant leader; she has an MS in Architecture/Urban Planning, and enjoys advocating for the unifying power of art, history, and public space.

KANDICE PERKINS

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Kandice is a Sunnyvale, CA native and has made San Antonio her home since 2014She graduated from University of Argosy in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and continued to complete her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix 2020. She has worked in downtown San Antonio for years, bringing 15+ years of accounting experience to the organization and has been tasked with promoting and developing the city’s urban core. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, managing her family’s businesses, and enjoys cooking and baking.  

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs 

TRISH DEBERRY

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Trish– aka Captain Marvel – believes that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. With her intellect and a passion for making a difference, there is no doubt that Trish is built for speed and performance to find solutions to problems most find too vexing to conquer.  In fact, a Lamborghini has nothing on this force of nature.

A native San Antonian with a degree from Trinity University, Trish has a deep and abiding love for the Alamo City. She has led successful campaign initiatives for 25 years that have literally changed the landscape and face of the community.

Though Trish doesn’t have the ability to see the future like Captain Marvel, she has been called a visionary and wants to bring big ideas to bear regarding the future of downtown.

Before Trish became President/CEO of Centro San Antonio, she founded two full-service marketing and communications firms that she led for 20 years – both of which were headquartered in downtown.  She was also an active member of Centro during that time serving as board chair twice and providing leadership as the entity transformed from The Downtown Alliance to Centro San Antonio. 

When Trish isn’t blazing trails throughout the urban core, she is honing her superpowers of strength and agility on a bike at a spin studio – on pace for a remarkable 1,200 rides. We told you she was built for record-setting speed!  She’s also a supermom to her two kids Scott and Maddie who provide the fuel to her sparkle and non-stop energy.