Pittman-Sullivan Park1101 Iowa St.
Pittman Sullivan Park covers approximately 18 acres and was once the site of a gravel pit. Initially called East End Park, the city was petitioned to change the name shortly before completion of the park to Pittman-Sullivan Park in honor of two young neighborhood men who were killed during World War I: Dewey L. Pittman and Edward Burke Sullivan. Pittman-Sullivan Park was dedicated in 1920 and originally featured a sunken garden with open fields to the north and south. The sunken garden, enclosed by a rock wall, contained flower beds and palm trees and was accessed by stone stairways. Reportedly the western part of the park was used as a city dump for refuse after the 1921 flood. Recreational facilities were added on the western side of the park, including tennis courts and a baseball field and grandstands in the 1940s. By 1960, however, the sunken garden was removed and infilled, and the park had deteriorated. A large police radio tower and a massive, decorative water tower were formerly on the northwest side of the park but were removed in the 1970s. A round concrete slab encircled by trees is all that remains of the water tower. The current Davis-Scott YMCA building was constructed in the early 1980s to replace an earlier African-American Alamo City Branch YMCA at Monumental and Commerce Streets. Other revitalization efforts have been undertaken, including the plans for a community garden made possible by a grant from the Green Spaces Alliance. Every year, the park is the site of one of the largest Martin Luther King Day events in the country. (Fischer, Jim. Pittman-Sullivan Park: A Study of San Antonio's Park Development. University of Texas at San Antonio. 1991)
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