Travis Park

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Travis Park
Travis Park is located in Texas
Travis Park
Travis Park
Type Public City Park
Location 301 E. Travis
San Antonio, Texas
Coordinates 29°25′41″N 98°29′21″W / 29.42806°N 98.48917°W / 29.42806; -98.48917Coordinates: 29°25′41″N 98°29′21″W / 29.42806°N 98.48917°W / 29.42806; -98.48917
Area 2.6 acres (0.011 km2)
Created 1870
Operated by City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation
Open Sunday-Saturday: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Travis Park is located in San Antonio in Bexar County in the U.S. state of Texas. Once a part of the original Alamo Mission in San Antonio,the park is located across the street from the restored Saint Anthony Hotel.[1]


Francisco Garcia purchased the land in 1819. In 1851, the land was acquired by Samuel Augustus Maverick, wo had come to Texas in 1835 from South Carolina. He was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and became a leading citizen in San Antonio. In 1861, he favored secession from the Union. He was mayor of San Antonio during the Civil War; his four sons fought in the Confederate Army. His heirs supported the erection of the Confederate veterans monument in what became Travis Park.[2]

Upon his death in 1870, Maverick deeded the property to the city of San Antonio, which originally named it Travis Plaza, in honor of Alamo commandant William Barret Travis. In 1953, Maverick's granddaughter Rena Maverick Green spearheaded the San Antonio Conservation Society's successful campaign to block the construction of an underground parking lot at the park.[3] Many improvements have been made to the park over the years, through the generous donations of time and money from public entities and private individuals. The site currently hosts an annual outdoor jazz festival.[4]


  1. ^ Patoski, Joe Nick (November 1985). "Eat and Run". Texas Monthly: 208. 
  2. ^ John McCammon, "These veterans helped city heal, grow," San Antonio Express-News, August 13, 2017, p. F1.
  3. ^ Fisher, Lewis F. (1996). Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage. Texas Tech University Press. pp. 261–282. ISBN 978-0-8967-2372-6. 
  4. ^ "Travis Park". San Antonio Parks and Recreation. Retrieved September 13, 2012.