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Hemisfair’s Civic Park to Begin Construction This Fall

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The San Antonio City Council received a briefing yesterday on the future of Hemisfair’s Civic Park, the second in a series of three parks at the urban parks district. City Council reviewed the procurement process and $28 million contract for construction of the first phase, which will be released for competitive sealed proposals on Monday, Feb. 15. Construction on the park is anticipated to begin once the proposed contractor selection is approved by Council this fall. 

“This is a huge step toward the long-anticipated groundbreaking of Hemisfair’s Civic Park,” said Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair. “Parks have proven to be essential infrastructure in the pandemic as people turn to the safety, open spaces and fresh air of the outdoors. We look forward to reviewing the proposals from contractors who want to have a significant role in delivering a world-class park to San Antonio.” 

Construction will be completed in two phases, the first of which encompasses nearly five acres of the nine-acre public park. The City’s Public Works Department, the Hemisfair team and park designer GGN developed the phasing plan, which steps back from areas that are impacted by design of the proposed mixed-use development adjacent to the park and balances the scope to funding allocated from the 2017 Municipal Bond, philanthropy and other funding sources. 

The request for competitive sealed proposals for Civic Park Phase I construction will be available on the City’s website beginning Monday. 

Tentative Contract Solicitation Timeline: 

    • February 15, 2021: RFCSP release date 
    • March 9, 2021: Pre-Submittal Conference 
    • March 19, 2021: Deadline for questions 
    • April 16, 2021: RFCSP due date 
    • June 2021: Evaluation complete 
    • June-August 2021: Construction contract negotiated 
    • August 2021: City Council B Session Post-Solicitation Briefing 
    • August 2021: City Council Consideration 
    • September 2021: Contract Start Date 
    • April 2023: Anticipated End of Construction

Media coverage:

San Antonio Business Journal 2/10: City Council briefed on $28M plan for first phase of Hemisfair Civic Park project

San Antonio Express-News 2/10: Construction on Hemisfair park will start this fall, but mixed-use development around it may change

San Antonio Report 2/10: Hemisfair’s Civic Park going out to bid as a two-phase project

San Antonio Heron 2/10: Hemisfair Civic Park gets encouragement from City Council, despite delays

San Antonio Current 1/18: Hemisfair’s Civic Park construction now scheduled to begin this fall

San Antonio Heron 1/16: Hemisfair’s Civic Park construction now scheduled to begin this fall

San Antonio Business Journal 1/15: Centerpiece Hemisfair project moves closer to construction