The Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Association represents residents, businesses and others with proximity to Parque Zaragoza, located in East Austin at 2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702.
Since the late 1920’s, Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park has provided local residents a green space to enjoy. For multigenerational East Austin families, Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park is remembered for its three and four day long Diez Y Siez and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Potluck Thanksgivings, Adult Amateur Baseball and Softball tournaments, synchronized swimming and annual neighborhood reunions. It has also served as a gathering place for activitists in labor, human rights and social justice movements.
Though Parque Zaragoza was officially founded in 1931 when the City of Austin purchased 9.3 acres of land, it was in 1929 when the local hispanic community petitioned the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department for a park of their own, originally named Zaragosa Park. Named for General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, notable for his role in defeating French troops at Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico, in 1862, Parque Zaragoza was originally intended as a segregated community resource for Mexican immigrants has since grown into a cultural resource for all in East Austin.
The guiding belief of the Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Association is that the combination of neighborhood heritage and smart, sustainable, respectful development is required to provide a rich, safe and rewarding environment that can be enjoyed by all neighborhood residents.
The Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Association will initially focus on these broad activities:
1) Community Engagement - to provide a voice to local residents and workers, both old and new, with regard to developments within the neighborhood, and to encourage the community to create and participate in activities for the general betterment of the area.
2) Public Safety - to work with law enforcement, city agencies and organizations and the community to ensure a safe environment for all, improving the quality of life for local residents and businesses.
3) Sustainable Growth - promoting smart development within our neighborhood that is respectful of its impact on the environment and residents’ quality of life.
4) Cultural/Historical Preservation - recognizing that the East Austin community benefits from a rich cultural heritage that should be celebrated, encouraged and developed.
5) Urban Wildlife Conservation - to preserve the flora and fauna that enriches the lives of the entire community.
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