Hemisfair celebrated the grand opening of Yanaguana garden earlier this month with a weekend-long schedule of activities. Yanaguana garden features 4.1 acres of active play environment designed for all ages and ability levels.
Designed by Susan Goldsman of Mig, an expert on using play for cognitive development, Yanaguana garden features water play, sand play, climbing structures, swings, ping-pong, bocce court, oversized chess and checkers, and an infant play area. Hemisfair serves a dual purpose to provide education and recreation opportunities for the community.
Nearly 22,000 people attended the grand opening weekend celebration featuring three full days of activities – all offered completely free to the public. under the guidance of Hemisfair park area redevelopment corporation board members and staff, and with the help of 80 volunteers, attendees enjoyed food trucks, kite making, lyrical dance, constellation charting, shadow tracing and other family friendly activities.
Throughout this new urban oasis, visitors will find six public art pieces that fit the theme of “play”. Public art San Antonio (PASA) helped Hemisfair to curate the interactive art pieces that that are also designed for learning. Hemisfair will also soon feature five permanent tenants including a coffee shop, paleteria, local brewery, café, and b-cycle – all enhancing the experience for our visitors.
The park is averaging 500 guests per day since the grand opening weekend. The City of San Antonio is proud to be a partner in this effort to revitalize our downtown. The next phase of development at Hemisfair will be a civic park, an 8+ acre public park to replace the western edge of the convention center.