Monthly Archives: May 2007

Brackenridge Parking Garage

Green Garage
Due to the raging debate occurring via a stream of mass emails, perhaps some additional information about the Brackenridge parking garage will help shed some light on things. Before delving into this subject further, it’s important to note that a vote was taken at our March 7, 2004 Annual Meeting to oppose “any form of privatization of Park Land”. There has been no specific vote by the board or the general membership on this parking garage or the Witte Masterplan. UPDATE: THERE HAVE BEEN A LONG STRING OF ACTIONS BY THE BOARD ADDRESSING DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IN THE BRACKENRIDGE AREA – SEE THE ARTICLE HERE.

The following information was pulled from the Witte Bond Presentation given in December 2006:

While the city grew from about 200,000 citizens in 1926 to 1.2 million in 2006,
the Witte has had the same 75 parking spaces. Currently the Witte serves about 210,000 visitors annually – of those, 40,000 are free and about 89,000 are school children.

Brackenridge Park Parking Facility will be Multimodal Facility

  • Avenue B Hike and Bike Trail
  • Bike Station (MPO) and Bike Rentals
  • Brackenridge Miniature Railroad Stop
  • Brackenridge Park/Witte Museum visitors
  • Future Tram Stop for Witte/Botanical/Zoo
  • Park Bike Patrol Substation

Tree related issues:

  • Trees displaced by Parking Facility will be reforested on current Nursery site
  • Trees displaced are predominantly Cedar Elms
  • Large Oaks will be saved by configuration of the Parking Facility
  • Parking Facility will be tucked into the tree canopy to minimize visual impact

The new parking structure will park 342 vehicles.

Additional Info:

A San Antonio Express News article was published on 05/24/07, you can read it here.

A Manchester Guardian article was published on 05/25/07, you can read it here.. has posted an article (probably sometime in May 2007) which you can see here here..

A second San Antonio Express News article was published on 05/31/07, you can read it here (or download it here). Several highlights from the article:

  • “By unanimously adopting the proposal, the City Council set the stage for the Witte’s planned $40 million expansion, set to begin next year. Under the agreement, the city will extend the Witte’s lease for two 25-year periods once the current lease expires in 2022.”
  • “The council didn’t address an issue that has drawn the ire of the nearby River Road Neighborhood Association — construction of a multi-story parking garage that members of the group said would require cutting down several hundred park trees.”
  • Opponents, including Larry DeMartino, a River Road Neighborhood Association board member, urged that alternative parking sites be considered. He noted that parking could be expanded across Broadway from the museum, where he said ample parking spaces could be developed without damaging trees.”
  • “Broadway is a major thoroughfare, and it’s just too dangerous for wheelchairs, baby strollers and families to cross such a busy, heavy street,” she said. “That just would not work.”
  • “McDermott noted the city would undertake a series of studies and tree analyses before determining where to locate the garage with a minimum of impact.”
  • “Although the museum is owned by the city and run by the San Antonio Museum Association, McDermott said the parking garage would be a city project that would be located outside the museum’s campus.”

Note: We will be collecting information on this project as it becomes available and adding it to this post. It’s the goal of this post (article) to only state the facts about the project and reference related resources, not to weigh in with an opinion. If you wish to share your opinion, I’m sure the neighborhood would love to hear it, please click on this post’s title and leave your comment at the bottom. If you feel any information is opinionated or inaccurate, please email me at .

New Floodplain Lines Released!


Highlights from Steven Gonzales on redefining the floodplain lines which determine who needs to own FEMA flood insurance.

  • Steve presented two boards showing the revised map – see images below.
  • The new topography data was collected at 2’ height intervals – 5 times more accurate than the data used for existing 1970s version
  • Technically, 100 year storms are called 1% chance storms and 500 year storms are referred to as .2% chance storms
  • Calculations were done based on Complete Impervious Buildout in the catch basin.
  • The FEMA public commenting process will most likely begin some time after September
  • There will be a 90 day appeal process. Appeals will only be based on scientific calculations – not first person accounts of past events.
  • FEMA backed flood insurance is passed with the property, not with the owner. Once you purchase a level of insurance, those rates are locked – unless you decide to upgrade your plan.
  • Insurance companies should not be allowed to use the new maps for rate determination until the final has been issued by FEMA.
  • Sections through the river are taken every 1000’
  • All information on the new floodplain maps can be found at

If you’re concerned about how the floodplain issue may affect your property, please contact a member of the RRNA Drainage Committee.

I’ve attached several low to high quality scans of the presentation boards, just click on this article’s title.
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Highlights from May’s RRNA Meeting

Please check back in a few weeks for the official meeting minutes and the agenda for next month! If you feel strongly about any of these issues, please attend the next meeting or join one of our many Committees.

May Meeting w/ Steven Gonzales of SARA

Steven Gonzales who is a Floodplain Manager from San Antonio River Authority will be attending the next monthly meeting.

He will be available to explain the new floodplain map process, what data was used to generate it, and give some information about the public process for comment after the preliminary versions are released for public comment this summer. He will not be able to discuss “future flood” mapping or building regulations associated with residential construction in floodplains, those would be separate City of San Antonio matters.

As usual the monthly meeting will be held at Lion’s Club Fieldhouse – 7:00.

2007 Local Election Results

Some election results you may find interesting.

Official statistics can be found here:

Mayor of San Antonio

    R G Griffing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,524 Votes …… 2.20%
    Julie Iris Oldham. . . . . . . . . . 2,097 Votes …… 3.03%
    Patrick McCurdy . . . . . . . . . . . 5,611 Votes …… 8.10%
    Michael Idrogo. . . . . . . . . . . . 1,347 Votes …… 1.95%
    Phil Hardberger . . . . . . . . . 53,553 Votes …… 77.34%
    Rhett R. Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . 919 Votes …… 1.33%
    Eiginio Rodriguez. . . . . . . . . 4,189 Votes …… 6.05%

Council District 1

    Kat Swift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,630 Votes …… 29.48%
    Mary Alice Cisneros . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,454 Votes …… 62.46%
    R. Esmeralda Monreal de Mercado . . . 446 Votes …… 8.07%

Neighborhood Bylaws Posted

You will always be able to find an accurate copy of the current bylaws at . Or you can just look to the right under the Pages section.

These bylaws are in image format (they were scanned in). If you would like to print them, just click on each page and it will open up full size. During the most recent revisions to the bylaws someone in the neighborhood retyped them on the computer to produce the document you see below. Having this file would make web publishing and user viewing much much easier. If anyone knows who might have this computer file available please contact the communications committee at  Thanks.

Bylaws & Articles of Incorporation

Current River Road Neighborhood Bylaws as of 2007.

Bylaw 1Bylaw 2

bylaw 3

bylaw 4

bylaw 5

bylaw 6

bylaw 7

bylaw 8

If you would like to download a pdf of the bylaws, click here.

Note: The above bylaws are in image format (they were scanned in). During the most recent revisions to the bylaws someone in the neighborhood retyped them on the computer to produce the document you see below. Having this file would make web publishing and user viewing much much easier. If anyone knows who might have this computer file available please contact the communications committee at Thanks.

Articles of Incorporation


In the Office of the Secretary of State of Texas

FEB 04 1977

Lorna Salzman

Deputy Director, Corporation Division




We, the undersigned natural persons of the age eighteen (18) years or more, at least two (2) of whom are citizens of the State of Texas, acting as incorporators of a Corporation under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, do hereby adopt the following Articles of Incorporation for such Corporation:




The name of the Corporation is “River Road Neighborhood Association”.




The Corporation is a non-profit Corporation. Upon the dissolution of River Road Neighborhood Association, any and all of the assets of said Corporation would be distributed for one or more of the exempt purposes or to -the Federal government or to a State or Local government. Such dis­tribution of the assets, and to whom they are to be distributed, shall be at the discretion of the Directors of the Corporation but subject to the approval of the Internal Revenue Service.




The period of its duration is perpetual.




The River Road Neighborhood Association is organized exclusively for educational, recreational and cultural purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

The River Road Neighborhood Association shall encourage the preservation of the distinctive heritage of the neighborhood and the surrounding parkland that is Brackenridge Park, a munici­pal park. It will educate the public with knowledge of the values to be derived from the protec­tion of park lands and wholesome urban environments in neighborhoods throughout the City and will actively support efforts to protect and enhance such neighborhoods and parkland environ­ments.

  1. to encourage the preservation of the distinctive heritage of the River Road neighborhood area;

  2. to protect, maintain and enhance the ecological, historical, social and cultural elements which form the River Road neighborhood area and which endowed the area with its present character;

  3. to educate the public with knowledge of the inherited neighborhood values which contribute to a wholesome urbail environment;

  4. to promote the social welfare of the citizens of the River Road neighborhood area and for all citizens of the City of San Antonio, Texas;

  5. to have and exercise all the rights and powers conferred on non-profit Corporations under

  6. the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, as such law is now in effect or may at any time hereafter be amended;

  7. to do all other acts necessary or expedient for the administration of the affairs and attainment of the purposes of this Corporation;

  8. Notwithstanding any of the above statements of purposes and powers, this Corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the primary purposes of this Corporation.



No part ofthe net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payment and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Four hereof. No sub­stantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, carry on any other activities not permitted to be car­ried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) ofthe Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.


The street address of the Initial Registered Office of the Corporation is 811 River Road, San An­tonio, Texas 78212, and the name of its Initial Registered Agent at such address is Phillip D. Hardberger.




The number of Directors constituting the initial Board of Directors of the Corporation is nine (9), and the names and addresses of the persons who are to serve as the initial Directors are:


  • Lanny Sinkin – 523 E. Craig
  • Walter Starcke – 854 E. Magnolia Avenue
  • Richard Gass – 102 Armour
  • Cam Duane – 120 Anastacia & 801 Garity
  • Ola Jones – 101 Armour
  • Lawrence DeMartino – 115 Armour
  • Arthur Veltman – 907 River Road
  • Linda Hardberger – 811 River Road
  • Hector Gonzalez – 114 Magnolia Drive




The name and address of each Incorporator is:

Linda Hardberger 811 River Road

Phillip D. Hardberger 811 River Road

Lanny A. Sinkin 523 E. Craig

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands, this 20th day of January, A.D. 1977.
Linda Hardberger
Phillip D. Hardberger
Lanny A. Sinkin
As amended December 13, 1984

You can also download a pdf of the original Articles of Incorporation from 1977, click here.