Phase II of Stone Oak Park officially opens

Stone Oak Park Dedication Ceremony

Art and nature come together in the new Phase II section of Stone Oak Park, located on Stone Oak Parkway next to Canyon Ridge Elementary. District 9 City Councilman Kevin Wolff and San Antonio Parks & Recreation Director Malcolm Matthews formally dedicated the park’s new amenities on Saturday, July 7. "This park, set in the heart of Stone Oak, is a unique natural setting for walking and hiking, and this phase will provide new educational opportunities for our school children," said Wolff during the ceremony.

Stone Oak Park is a 245-acre nature park, with parking, trail heads, and ADA accessible hike and bike trails. The park was originally funded with $500,000 from the 1999 Bond Program to acquire and develop parkland in District 9. Phase II includes general park improvements such as a second entry drive and parking lot, trail heads, multi-use trails, exercise stations, a natural playground, outdoor classrooms and beautiful signage to provide information and connect the education facilities. Phase II of $795,225 was funded through the 2003 Bond Program, as well as Unified Development Code fees received from Stone Oak area subdivision de­velopments.

The project also incorporates some unique public artwork. Local artist George Schroeder designed and produced the trail markers and the maps in metal. Schroeder says he was inspired by the ancient art of forging. He works out of his studio, Metalmorphosis, where he has done commissioned pieces for the Houston Street Project, the McNay Art Museum Chandelier Project, and River Panels on the San Antonio River Walk. The design architect for Stone Oak Park is Walter Heard. “We worked with what we had and used as much of nature to create this space,” remarked Heard.

A third phase of improvements is planned and will include development of park amenities in conjunction with Northeast Independent School District facilities. Phase III will include the development of outdoor classrooms, amphitheater, interpretive signage and other park amenities. In an effort to promote the conservation and management of Stone Oak Park, Friends of Stone Oak Park has been formed and actively seeking members. The nonprofit group is an affiliate of the San Antonio Parks Foundation Friends of the Parks. Individuals and Corporations are encouraged to learn more or join by contacting Art Downey at 497-8873 or by email at:  adowney@ix.netcom.com.

Councilman Kevin Wolff at Stone Oak Park Dedicationclick to enlarge