Details Announced for Amistad Urban Oasis Landscaping Project

DEL RIO, Texas -- H-E-B, the City of Del Rio and Del Rio Parks Foundation announced today details about the upcoming Amistad Urban Oasis landscaping project at the Del Rio Civic Center. Del Rio Parks Foundation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from H-E-B to complete phase one of the project.  The grant award is the culmination of many years of collaboration between H-E-B and The City of Del Rio and project completion is slated to mark the 25th Anniversary of the H-E-B Feast of Sharing on November 18th, 2017.

“H-E-B is proud of our relationship with the City of Del Rio and is very happy to be sponsoring the Amistad Urban Oasis. This space will be a wonderful addition to the City of Del Rio and to our annual Feast of Sharing dinners at the Del Rio Civic Center.” Said Danny Flores, Senior Manager, Public Affairs of San Antonio.

The title, Amistad Urban Oasis, was selected by collaborators and designers of the gardenscape to reflect the scope and uniqueness of the multipurpose space.  Nestled just off a busy thoroughfare, the garden will provide a quiet respite for residents and visitors looking to enjoy a natural sanctuary in the heart of the city. Landscape features will include a mural, custom fountain, walkways, intimate seating areas, and native Texas plants that will spotlight Southwest Texas’ distinctive character and beauty.

“We are honored to be awarded the grant by H-E-B and passionate about bringing this idea to life,” said Laura Gill, Del Rio Parks Foundation President. “This will serve as a centerpiece for the city and add to the treasured natural landmarks that our region has to offer.”

A ceremonial groundbreaking will occur on Saturday, April 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Del Rio Civic Center, and will be attended by local dignitaries, project members and H.E.B. corporate staff. The ceremony will take place during the 2017 Earth Day celebration which will include local dance groups, music and educational activities.

"The Amistad Urban Oasis project symbolizes the intersection of the gracious partnership we've shared with H-E-B, the commitment of our city staff and local organizations, and the wonderful opportunity we have to utilize this outdoor space for the benefit of everyone in the community," said Mayor Robert Garza." To be able to break ground on such a meaningful occasion as Earth Day is an added benefit that aligns perfectly with the spirit of the project."

The Civic Center landscaping project is planned for several phases, with the initial grant going towards beautification of the center median. Included in the initial design are spaces which will be open for sponsorship and dedication from area businesses, organizations and individuals. A mural space is also available and the planning committee is currently seeking to commission an artist for the 60-foot space. Throughout the project the Del Rio Parks Foundation will also be planning several educational and community involvement activities.

“H-E-B is continually looking for ways in the community to enhance the use of natural resources to better serve the local community,” said Linda Tovar, H-E-B Border Region Senior Manager, Public Affairs. “We want to thank the many community leaders that helped bring the Amistad Urban Oasis to life.”

More information about the project will be made available on the City of Del Rio and Del Rio Parks Foundation websites.

For more information about the Amistad Urban Oasis project, please contact Del Rio Parks Foundation President, Laura Gill at info@delrioparksfoundation.com or by cell at 612.850-5619.

About H-E-B
H-E-B, with sales of more than $23 billion, operates more than 380 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 96,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit heb.com.

About Del Rio Parks Foundation
Del Rio Parks Foundation is committed to enriching the quality of life for the community through the development of outdoor park and recreational spaces in the City of Del Rio. We serve to nurture open space improvement opportunities by encouraging and mobilizing the financial support of neighborhood groups, foundations and citizens.