It’s nice to see people getting out again. This weekend our town and its guests were lucky to have a great party at the Pleasanton River Park. The Ultimate 80s Throwback Party in the Park was a huge success. I’d like to thank The Texas Tone Rangers, 86’D, John Mayse, Mark Carroll and many other citizens and staff for their hard work that resulted in a great time. The idea was brought to the city by John and Mark just to have a party around high school homecoming. We all hope that this becomes an annual event that people can look forward to. The idea is that everybody has their individual class parties on Friday and then all get together at the river park on Saturday. This was, and hopefully continues to be, a free event that included live music, a photo booth, food trucks and a cornhole tournament. I really enjoyed seeing friends and classmates!
Our river park is one of our most-used city facilities. We have workout stations, walking trails, sports fields, pavilions, a splash pad and a skate park. In the future, we look to expand the skate park and add pavilions and lighting to the pecan orchard. We’re also planning for a pedestrian bridge between Bensdale and Adams so people can safely go to the east side of the river to walk or run. We’re also looking to bring art to the river park. The best way I can describe the concept is a simple wall that people can submit their concept to the city and, if approved, will be able to paint it and it’ll stand for three months, six months, a year. In addition, we’re looking at putting in an area so that musicians could come and showcase their talents as well. Our river park will always be a work in progress, but I think it’s impressive! We have people come from different towns throughout and beyond Atascosa County to enjoy the amenities of our river park. The city acquired the property that used to be the old Pleasanton ISD elementary school. The plans for that include a business incubator, an events facility/ rodeo arena and a beer garden. We’re working with groups outside of the city to help expand the amenities at and around the river park. If you haven’t been out there in a while you should consider a trip to the Pleasanton River Park.
CLINTON POWELL is the Mayor for the City of Pleasanton. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.