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In Summerfield, we’re surrounded by natural beauty. The park trails of Phil Hardberger Park and the land bridge that connects parks on either side of Wurzbach Parkway set our neighborhood apart from others in the area. The lush greenery and serene landscape of the park make for an oasis in the heart of the city that we are lucky enough to have just steps away from our front door.

As a longtime resident of San Antonio, I am proud to call the Summerfield home. Its central location with easy access to major highways makes it a prime location for families, young professionals and retirees alike. But what really makes Summerfield special is the sense of community that we have here.

Our neighbors are always out and about, taking walks, jogging or chatting in the front yard. It’s not uncommon to see a neighbor checking in on another’s home while they’re away on vacation or bringing over a warm meal to share. Every year, we host a block party where neighbors gather to share food, drinks and stories. It’s a fun-filled event that brings us all together and strengthens the bond we share as a community — and a reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood.

Jennifer Regnier, her husband Brian Regnier, and their two children Scarlett, 11 and Jude, 13 play a card game called Skyjo on their porch.
Jennifer Regnier, her husband Brian Regnier, and their two children Scarlett, 11, and Jude, 13, play a card game on their porch. Credit: Bria Woods / San Antonio Report

Local nonprofit Jewish Family Service has an office in the Jewish Community Center and provides a range of mental health and wrap-around services to individuals and families in the San Antonio area. As the CEO of Jewish Family Service, I have seen firsthand the impact that our community can make when we come together to support one another.

The Jewish Community Center is a hub for Summerfield residents, with the neighborhood association holding meetings there and neighbors enjoying the many amenities it offers. Neighbors can easily walk or ride bikes across the land bridge in Phil Hardberger Park to the JCC. The presence of Jewish Family Service and the Jewish Community Center has helped create a vibrant and supportive neighborhood where everyone can thrive.

Neighbors and friends gather for a block party at the Regnier’s home last year. Credit: Courtesy / Jennifer Regnier

My husband and I both feel strongly about supporting sustainable energy initiatives in our community and participate in Big Sun Community Solar from CPS Energy. Our neighborhood association has also embraced rooftop solar despite many other deed-restricted communities not allowing it. San Antonio is the No. 1 city in Texas for solar, and we are excited to be a part of that. 

Our family has been fortunate enough to raise our children in the Summerfield neighborhood. Our oldest daughter attended Oak Meadow Elementary, and now, as a young adult, she and her husband have bought a house in the next neighborhood over. It’s a testament to how special this community truly is and how it has become a place for generations to call home.

Living in Summerfield has been an incredible experience. From the sense of community and support to the natural beauty of Phil Hardberger Park, it’s truly a special place to live. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful community and look forward to continuing to call it my home for many years to come.

Jennifer Regnier

Jennifer Regnier is the CEO of Jewish Family Service.