What We Do

We Make Parks Better.

The San Antonio Parks Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide enhancements to the parks of the City of San Antonio and the County of Bexar which improve the quality of life for all of our citizens.

Organized in 1981, the Foundation works closely with the City of San Antonio’s Departments of Parks and Recreation and Downtown Operations in addition to the County of Bexar. Funding for parks projects is provided from foundation and corporate grants and individual gifts. The proceeds from five large events: Fest of Tails, Chaparral Music Festival (an official Fiesta event), San Antonio’s Official 4th of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park, Jazz’SAlive in Travis Park and Celebrate San Antonio (San Antonio’s Official New Year’s Eve Celebration downtown) assist the Foundation in maintaining the operating budget.

In addition to providing monetary support for park projects, the San Antonio Parks Foundation also acquires land for dedicated park space and natural areas through the donation of land or purchase.

Our Staff

Mary Jane Verette

President and CEO

Kasandra Martinez

Event Coordinator

Guadalupe Mata


2020 Board Officers

Board Chair and Chaparral Chair

Ken Kuwamura, Jr.


Laura Powell

Immediate Past Chair

Doug McMurry


April Ancira


Sue Millican, CPA

Fest of Tails Chair

Kelley Farwell

Jazz’SALive Chair

JoAnn Boone

Japanese Tea Garden Chair

Marcie Ince

Board of Directors

 Sylvia Rodriguez

Leroy Alloway

David Kinder

Clyde Johnson IV

Mary Rose Brown

 Bonnie Conner

 Ray Knox

 Dr. Sylvia Reyna

 Denise Salzman, CPA

 Cecilia Garcia

 Jane Macon

 Gavino Ramos

 Sam Bell Steves II

 Ed L. White, Jr.

 Joe Santamaria

 Cristina Bazaldua

 Daniel S. Koehl, CPA

 Kristin D. Tips

 Homer Garcia (ex officio)

Advisory Board

Evangelina Flores

Tom Frost, III

Rosemary Kawalski

John L. Nau, III