Hollywood Park, Texas

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Hollywood Park, Texas
Town
Location of Hollywood Park, Texas
Location of Hollywood Park, Texas
Coordinates: 29°35′57″N 98°29′7″W / 29.59917°N 98.48528°W / 29.59917; -98.48528Coordinates: 29°35′57″N 98°29′7″W / 29.59917°N 98.48528°W / 29.59917; -98.48528
Country United States
State Texas
County Bexar
Area
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 961 ft (293 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,983
 • Density 2,027.3/sq mi (782.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78232
Area code(s) 210
FIPS code 48-34628[1]
GNIS feature ID 1337969[2]
Website http://www.hollywoodpark-tx.gov/

Hollywood Park is a town in Bexar County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,062 at the 2010 census. It is an enclave within far north central San Antonio and is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Hollywood Park is located at 29°35′57″N 98°29′7″W / 29.59917°N 98.48528°W / 29.59917; -98.48528 (29.599126, -98.485197).[3] This is about 15 miles north of Downtown San Antonio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,983 people, 1,174 households, and 906 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,027.3 people per square mile (783.5/km²). There were 1,222 housing units at an average density of 830.5 per square mile (321.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.64% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.06% of the population.

There were 1,174 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.8% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 27.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $64,844, and the median income for a family was $81,702. Males had a median income of $52,344 versus $40,781 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,138. None of the families and 2.7% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 5.7% of those over 64.

Education[edit]

Hollywood Park is within the North East Independent School District.[4] Hidden Forest Elementary School,[5] Bradley Middle School,[6] and Churchill High School in San Antonio serve Hollywood Park.[7]

History[edit]

The Town of Hollywood Park was officially incorporated on December 7, 1955 after residents were concerned about losing the neighborhood’s autonomy to San Antonio. The community has a distinctly rural feel and residents often build homes they intend to live in for the rest of their lives. Many of the community's leaders of today are the children and grandchildren of some of the original residents.

The Police Department was established in 1955 soon after the town was incorporated. John Nelson was hired as its first Police Chief. The police car was a Ford Fairlane 500. Shortly thereafter, a few volunteer part-time policemen joined the force. When the town was formed, water hoses had to stay connected at each residence and ready to use in case of a fire. In 1958, a group of men joined together and a couple of volunteers attended the Firefighters School at Texas A&M University, and the Hollywood Park Volunteer Fire Department was founded. That year all the firemen had was a small pump unit. Robert Oakes, as general chairman, and many volunteers organized the first Hollywood Park Volunteer Fire Department Benefit Barbeque held June 22, 1968 at Raymond Russell Park. Volunteers prepared all the food. 746 people went through the serving line. The event was held for many years at Raymond Russell Park with games for the entire family and a live band. Funds were raised for equipment and to purchase 20 new two-way portable alerting units. Fred T. Keepers, Jr. was Fire Chief from 1967 — 1978. By 1969, eighteen dedicated volunteers provided protection for the 612 residents of Hollywood Park, Hill Country Village, as well as over a large area of ranchlands in the northernmost sections of Bexar County. The City provided the firemen with bright yellow uniforms, but they got no other compensation for their duty. The largest fire occurred in August 1968 when a grass fire erupted near Hwy 281 and burned off 3,000 acres. By 1973, there were 29 volunteers. A new Rescue Unit was purchased through fund raising projects and donations.

In 1971, Mr. Voigt - a rancher who owned the land the town was built on - donated $10,000 to the Town of Hollywood Park to build the Voigt Center, naming Alverne Halloran as custodian, until the town matched funds to begin building. The 3,000 sq. ft. recreation building was finally built in 1974, and the grand opening and dedication was held on October 20, 1974. This was a day of fun and entertainment with games, food and drink offered. The City Council designated this day as “E.E.Voigt Day” in honor of the occasion. Mayor Felix Forshage opened the ceremony. Mr. Voigt introduced his family and spoke of the origin of the park. Tennis courts and a covered picnic area were built in 1975 with an additional $5,000 donation from Mr. Voigt for the tennis courts. A children’s playground was added later.

Past mayors[edit]

B.K. Srinivas, Mayor from 1988 to 1994
  • Clifford Mann - Elected 1955, first mayor of Hollywood Park[8]
  • Felix Forshage - early 1970s[8]
  • Steven R. Silvia[citation needed]
  • Ruby W. Weinholt - Mayor from 1977 to 1986, former President and CEO of St. Joseph's Credit Union, 2001 inductee into the Texas Credit Union Hall of Fame[9]
  • Patricia Flynn - Mayor from 1986 to 1988[8]
  • Bala K. Srinivas - Mayor from 1988 to 1994[10]
  • Ralph Hoggatt - Mayor from 1994 to 1996[11]
  • Roy Lemons - Mayor from 1996 to 1998[12]
  • Gary Mercer - Mayor from 1998[12] to 2000, won as a write-in candidate[13]
  • Harold Burris - Mayor from 2000[13] to July 2003, resigned[14]
  • Sean Martinez - Mayor from July 2003[14] to June 2005, appointed when Burris resigned, re-elected in 2004, resigned[15]
  • Richard W. McIlveen - Mayor from June 2005 to 2010, appointed when Martinez resigned,[15] re-elected to two terms[16]
  • Bob Sartor - Mayor from 2010 to 2012[17]
  • William “Bill” Bohlke - Elected in May 2012;[18] Bohlke was killed on his ranch in late August 2012 in an apparent attack by a male donkey.[19][20]
  • Mark Perry - Mayor from September 2012 to May 2013; Son-in-law of William “Bill” Bohlke and was appointed after his passing.
  • David Ortega - Mayor from 2013 to 2014; Completion of William “Bill” Bohlke's unexpired term.
  • Chris Fails - Mayor from 2014 to Present

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Hollywood Park Zoning." Town of Hollywood Park. Retrieved on March 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "Hidden Forest Elementary School" Map. North East Independent School District. Retrieved on March 24, 2010.
  6. ^ "Bradley Middle School" Map. North East Independent School District. Retrieved on March 24, 2010.
  7. ^ "Churchill High School" Map. North East Independent School District. Retrieved on March 24, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c "History of Hollywood Park". Hollywood Park Homeowners' Association. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ruby W. Weinholt, Inducted 2001". Texas Credit Union League. 2001. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Suburbs elections results; Balcones Heights gets first woman mayor". San Antonio Express-News. May 3, 1992. Retrieved August 31, 2012. Hollywood Park voters re-elected Mayor BK Srinivas and Place 2 Councilman Roy Lemons, while putting Sudie Sartor in the Place 4 seat. 
  11. ^ "Election: Suburbs". San Antonio Express-News. May 8, 1994. Retrieved August 31, 2012. Former homeowner association leader Ralph Hoggatt unseated Mayor BK Srinivas on Saturday. 
  12. ^ a b "Municipal". San Antonio Express-News. May 3, 1998. Retrieved August 31, 2012. Hollywood Park elected a new mayor on Saturday. Write-in candidate Gary Mercer received 399 votes, twice the 199 votes cast for incumbent Roy Lemons. 
  13. ^ a b Spicer, Emily (May 8, 2000). "Hollywood Park boots mayor, two incumbents". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Jackson, Shalama C. (July 9, 2003). "Hollywood Park taps Martinez for mayor". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Toalson, Rachel L. (July 6, 2005). "Hollywood Park names new mayor". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  16. ^ Catillo, Elizabeth; Ortiz, Edmond (March 11, 2010). "Mayoral contests lie ahead in Hollywood Park, Olmos Park". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ Ortiz, Edmond (May 13, 2010). "Sartor elected mayor, Swan wins council race in Hollywood Park". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  18. ^ Ortiz, Edmond (May 15, 2012). "HP challengers beat incumbents". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  19. ^ Castellano, Anthony (August 30, 2012). "Police Say Texas Mayor Killed in Donkey Attack". ABC News. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  20. ^ Fenity, Joseph (August 29, 2012). "Mayor dead after apparent donkey attack". WOAI-TV. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 

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