The mission of Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) is to expand the existing park and to improve its quality.
HPARC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit local government corporation established by the San Antonio City Council for the purpose of creating a spectacular public space on the site of an underutilized park. Our responsibilities include acquiring property, planning, developing, constructing, managing, maintaining and financing projects at Hemisfair. HPARC was founded on seven guiding principles that guide all redevelopment decisions of the Hemisfair property. They are Connectivity, Development, Green Space, Balance, Preservation, Sustainability, and Leadership. In addition to environmental and cultural sustainability, Hemisfair has a goal of being financially self-sustaining by the year 2020.
The original site of the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair is located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. It is home to the iconic Tower of the Americas, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Magik Theatre, Institute of Texan Cultures, Instituto Cultural de Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and several historic structures, all with access to the River Walk. Millennium Park in Chicago, Bryant Park in Manhattan, and Discovery Green in Houston are examples of parks we have benchmarked.
We believe that great cities have great downtowns, and great downtowns have great urban parks. With dreams of plazas, courtyards, green space, art and cultural amenities, residences and local businesses, the plan for Hemisfair will mature our city center asset into a collective space bursting with users and excitement.
In 2009, San Antonio City Council created Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, a local government corporation, to manage and oversee the redevelopment of Hemisfair Park and its surrounding area.
HPARC is governed by an 11-member board comprised of representatives from a cross-section of local stakeholders. Board Members are approved by the San Antonio City Council to serve two or four-year terms.
Principal, Overland Partners
Managing Director, Silver Ventures, Inc
Sue Ann Pemberton
Professor, University Texas San Antonio School of Architecture
Principal with Mainstreet Architects
Carlos Contreras, Ex-Officio
Assistant City Manager, City of San Antonio
President, Foster CM Group
Division Operating Officer, Methodist Health Care System