If you’ve been following for a while, you know that I love a good playground. The kids and I spent an entire deployment finding new parks and playgrounds to keep busy during one of the husband’s deployments. When I started seeing pictures of the new Yanaguana Garden playground, it was no question whether we were going to go.
The garden opened last weekend, the first of three new areas in Hemisfair Park in downtown San Antonio. The 4.1 acre park is named after Yanaguana, a Papaya Indian village that once lived on the banks of the San Antonio River. Story goes, that long ago, before there was a city of even Texas here, there lived a blue panther in a blue hole. One day, a water bird flew into the hole where the panther lived. The water bird shot out of the blue hole, opened its wings, and droplets from the blue hole fell across the land, which gave life to the area. The blue panther is found in the garden.
The rest of the area is a kid’s paradise. There are climbing structures, swings, a splash pad, a giant sandbox, over sized chess and checkers, and lots more. There is also clean bathrooms, water fountains, and lots of shade and seating. There is enough to do that the smallest and the biggest kids will stay entertained.