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October 20th, 2014
Ceremony marks re-opening of neighborhood park in Blanco Gardens

COVER: Residents break in new playground equipment at Conway Park during a National Night Out neighborhood block party on Oct. 7. SUBMITTED PHOTO


San Marcos officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon for the formal re-opening of Conway Park, recently renovated with new playground equipment and a mini-skate park area.

The event will be 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at the park, located at 504 Bliss Street in the eastside Blanco Gardens neighborhood.

Funded primarily with about $210,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money, the makeover of the half-acre neighborhood park includes the addition of a pavilion, shaded playscapes, sidewalks and landscaping. The block grant money was supplemented with about $25,000 in city funding.

When it re-opened earlier this month, Conway became the latest in a succession of local park projects funded, or partially funded, with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development block grant funds distributed annually by the city. Since 2009, the city council has allocated more than $1 million for construction or reconstruction of parks, including The Village Sports Park Complex ($360,460); Eddie Durham Park ($282,390); Victory Gardens Park ($168,200); and creation of a community garden in the Alamo neighborhood ($19,767).

For the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, $197,791 in block grant funds are designated for new playground equipment and other amenities at Veteran’s Park in the East Guadalupe neighborhood and $30,000 for the addition of a mini-skate park area at Swift Park in the Wallace Addition.

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Official re-opening of Conway Park
Blanco Gardens neighborhood, 504 Bliss Street | Map
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20


Click on green-shaded areas for information on parks and natural areas in San Marcos. Zoom in to explore the city’s hike-and-bike trail system.

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