Comanche Park: An Asset for All
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
For about as many years as I have been around I can remember going to Comanche Park to enjoy church festivals and many other events. These and many other experiences have taught me a lot about the importance of this park as one of the County's truly major "working parks". So much so that when I was sworn in on January 1, 1999, the first challenge I undertook was to virtually rebuild the Park after the Flood of 1998. In any event, I wanted to hear about the impressions various park users have about it. I will cover other parks such as Pletz in another article.
Although about 100 major users and other various individuals I had known of as having an interest in the park were invited to a September 26, 2001 evening meeting to discuss Comanche Park, a small group of under fifteen individuals joined me for a discussion. All had something to say but appeared to be pleased in general with the Park and its operation. Among the staff in attendance was Wade Oldham, County Director of Facilities (over all Parks), David Navajar, Comanche Park Manager, Matthew Marshall, Constable of Precinct Four and in charge of park security, Dora Mae Hoekstra and Candie Hill of the Navajo Nutrition Center. I can tell you that to a person on this staff, they are all first class professionals.
Among the proposals made for improvements are the following:
- Build another building for bingo, separate from the main Pavilion in Comanche #2.
- Install a horseshoe pitch facility
- Have the City install a traffic light at Rigsby near the Navajo Building entry and exit from the park.
- Install an "event billboard" at Comanche #2 Entrance, indicating event(s) underway.
- Make a PA System available at Comanche #2 Pavilion
- Build higher bridges over the Salado Creek to access Comanche Parks Number 1 and 3.
I continue to be interested in whatever input you may have on the improvement of the park and its operation. The "road to progress is always under construction" at Comanche Park. Some proposals are more readily do-able than others, but, your input is vital to its continued well being.
Just a note of history on the Park for you history buffs: The park that has become Covington Park was established in 1914 "way out in the country" and apparently by Commissioner Henry Meyer. His successor, Commissioner John H. Covington established Comanche Park, named after the area Indians, in 1920. He served from 1917 to 1928. Comanche #2 is named after Commissioner A.J. Ploch who served for 30 years, the longest of perhaps any Commissioner in Bexar County history and certainly much longer than any other Precinct Four Commissioner, from 1947-1977. Commissioner Bob Lee (1985-1992) named Comanche #3 after the late Bob Beare, husband of former Southside Reporter historian, Virginia Beare and foundation Scout Master of Troop 358 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
And to end on a note of modest statewide significance, the Texas Historical Commission placed a historical marker at Rigsby and the Salado Creek. The marker memorializes the fact that "The Father of Texas", Stephen F. Austin camped just East of the Salado Creek at what is now Covington Park in late 1835, prior to the successful Battle of Bexar. What a great asset you and I have at Comanche Park.