Despite heavy rainfalls, a few hundred people streamed steadily into Koehler Pavilion to celebrate San Antonio’s German heritage and Brackenridge Park. The sounds of traditional German folk music and the smell of craft beer and bratwursts filled the pavilion as stragglers from Síclovía and families enjoying themselves at the park strolled in.

The event was hosted by the Brackenridge Park Conservancy whose employees, alongside those of the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), recorded people’s memories of the park. The “Recuerdos de Brack” will be compiled and archived by the OHP.

Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) sat down to record a recuerdo with City Archaeologist Kay Hindes. He said that while he grew up in McAllen, his childhood was centered around parks.

“We were always at a park,” Treviño said. “Instead of having toys, we had the park. I think it’s an important part of growing up. It provides balance. It teaches you to appreciate nature, your own health, and other people.”

After the recording, Treviño told the Rivard Report that there should be more events like Parktoberfest, so more residents could be exposed to the values and benefits of Brackenridge Park.

“When we started talking about the Brackenridge Park Draft Master Plan, we considered this park a neighborhood park,” he explained. “Then, we started to get input from everywhere in the city. And that made us realize that this is everyone’s park. So we need to show that this park is for everyone.”

The low turnout was not discouraging, Councilman Alan Warrick (D2) told the Rivard Report.

“We expected the rain to bring the numbers down, like it did to Síclovía this morning, but we still have a good turnout,” Warrick explained. “But no matter how many people are here, it’s raising money for the park so that’s a good thing.”

As the rainfall became heavier, the pavilion became more packed and provided a bigger audience for the Beethoven Maennerchor who sang traditional German folk songs as San Antonio’s craft brewers handed out samples of their libations. Instead of letting the rain bring them down, members of the crowd embraced the storm and the brew, and sang along to the sounds of Sunday.

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James McCandless

Former intern James McCandless is a recent St. Mary's University graduate. He has worked with the San Antonio Current and Texas Public Radio.