Founded 90 Years Earlier By Community Advocacy, East Austin’s Parque Zaragoza Park Turns A New Page By Repeating History
Jen Massing Harris, PZNA Neighborhood Nose Contributor
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.
In learning more about our community park's history, Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Association follows a very long line of Community Advocates:
🦋1929, the League of United Latin American Citizens [LULAC] - advocate for employment, civil rights, and better education for Hispanic citizens
🦋1931, Zaragosa Park Board - 1st Members: Severino Guerra, Amador Candelas, and Miguel Guerrero
🦋1931, Mexican baseball league - before play field, teams played on a concrete slab with the bases painted onto the concrete.
🦋1932, Comites Patrióticos, Austin Branch - to promote Mexican patriotism and foster good relations between the two nations, largely through the celebrations of the #fiestas #CincodeMayo and Diez y Seis. First President was Amador Candelas.
🦋1933, Bathhouse and Pool built.
🦋1941, National Youth Administration, built on Bathhouse a community recreation center.
🦋1956, the Community starts Sunday afternoon baseball games and improves baseball field with wooden fence and bleachers in current baseball field location today.
🦋1981, The Zaragosa Recreation Center Advisory Board established petitioned for a new recreation center.
🦋1980's: City of Austin increases acreage of park
🦋1988, City renamed to reflect the proper spelling of Zaragoza.
🦋1996, #CityofAustin opens today's Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center on Cinco de Mayo.
🦋2017, Austin Parks Foundation awards $50,000 for Parque Zaragoza play field and park improvements.
🦋2017, Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park was designated a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS)
🦋2018, #ParqueZaragoza receives Ga Ga Pit thanks to City of Austin voters, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Disney and the National Recreation and Park Association.
🦋2018 Park receives new playscape and play field improvements with help of Austin Parks Foundation, St. David's Foundation, RBI Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department
There's still a lot of history missing from above. I hope to learn more. But I also hope that we as a community today can band together to make new park and shared public places improvements. This East Austin neighborhood's legacy shows us the roadmap and raises the bar for what we can next do.🦋💚💃👨👩👧👧🌳🌺🌈
East Austin Kids Activities Confirmed for Parque Zaragoza's Ribbon Cutting Celebration on April 27th
By Jackson Papillon, Chief Scoop Blogger, #PZNA Neighborhood Nose
Join Austin Parks Foundation, Austin Parks and Recreation, St. David’s Foundation, RBI Austin, and the City of Austin in celebration of the new Playground and Field Improvements at Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park.
Confirmed activities include:
🎉Austin Public Library Bookmobile
🎉Austin Police Department Bike Raffle - 6 bicycles
(2 small girls, 2 small boys & 2 middle school age)
🎉Large Checkerboard Station
🎉Bean Bag Toss Station
🎉Clay Seedball Making Station
🎉Little Hummingbird Society Introduction Station
Breakfast tacos from El Chilito, Starbucks coffee and pastries from Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop will be served at 10:00 AM.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be between 10:20-10:30am. Speakers include: City of Austin Parks and Recreation, City of Austin, Austin Parks Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, RBI Austin and the Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Association.
We hope to see you there at 10:00 AM! 🎀
Chief Scoop Blogger
I'm Jackson Papillon, an East Austin Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood [#PZNA] Canine. I have a good nose for news and will cover two regular beats: