Honoring Our Past - Building for Our Future
"When Aggies see a need, their energy and their selflessness draw others into the cause, and good things happen."
Joe B. Foster '56
Aggie Park is home for Aggies in San Antonio. It is where we are united by our strong values, selfless service, and special friendships. We have a common bond forged in College Station where we embody the spirit that "Can ne'er be told".
Aggie Park brings all the generations together under one maroon roof. Couples have fallen in love under its roof. Little ones have played on the slab first poured in 1953. Many have softly received the call "Here" at Muster.
We all have gathered at parties and celebrations held under the special maroon roof. Couples who kicked up their heels have watched their grandchildren and then great-grandchildren dance in front of the same fireplace. Young Aggies working their way toward Senior Boots and Rings have shared their pride at the Aggie Park podium. You will not escape the overwatch of events by Aggie Womens' Club and Aggie Moms' Club. Volunteers galore have fed the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band along with the Parsons Mounted Cavalry, Ross Volunteers, and Fish Drill Team here.
As we approach our Club's 100th anniversary we reflect that Aggie Park is more than a building, so much more. Together, let's make Aggie Park's architecture match the extraordinary meaning for us. We build on the shoulders of those that envisioned a greater purpose. Give with your hands and your heart as we unite at our expanded Aggie Park.
Paul W. Denham '80
About the Expansion:
The San Antonio A&M Club is one-of-a-kind—the only A&M Club to own its own facility. As we approach our 100th anniversary, we reflect on how Aggie Park is so much more than a building. It is a special place with deep-rooted history where generations of San Antonio Aggies, their families, and friends have gathered for ceremonies and celebrations for more than six decades. Following the legacy of past leadership, we recognize our responsibility as current caretakers of Aggie Park. While our building serves as a great space for so many events, upgrades are overdue as it has been nearly 30 years since the last major renovation. We are also outgrowing our current capacity for many Club events like Muster, Feed the Band, Aggie Family BBQ, SEC Tailgate, Game Watch Parties, and the Annual Club Christmas Party.
Discussion of Aggie Park expansion and renovation began in late 2017, with the focus on supporting our Club mission"to promote fellowship among former students and friends of Texas A&M; to spread the Aggie Spirit across South Texas; and to provide scholarships to Bexar County students attending Texas A&M University." Over the past two years, project plans have been developed with expert input from Aggie architects, engineers, and consultants who have generously donated their time and services. Renovation is necessary to ensure our facility meets all current building and fire codes, while expansion will position us to better serve our members and accommodate the growing San Antonio Aggie population. Additionally, the improvements are expected to positively impact income from private rentals, which provides major funding for operations, overhead, and our $96,000 annual scholarship program.
Key highlights of the project include:
- Addition of a fire hydrant on the property (currently, the nearest hydrant is a half mile away)
- Installation of a sprinkler system throughout the building
- Bringing the electrical system up to code
- Preserving and modernizing previous upgrades to the building
- Expanding and upgrading the restroom facilities
- Increasing indoor/outdoor usable space by 4,200 sq. ft. and improving facility flexibility and efficiency
- Providing covered outdoor space, additional parking, and beautification of facade and landscaping
Our expansion and renovation plan has recently been approved by the Castle Hills City Council, the city's Fire Chief, and has the dedicated focus and financial support of Club leaders. We are now in high gear to garner the support of our members to achieve our goal of funding this $1,000,000 project without incurring any debt. Currently, we are $679,000 away from our goal. As the end of the year approaches, we ask you to consider making a personal impact with a gift to the Aggie Park Capital Campaign. Click here to make a donation of any amount.
Our vision is to preserve the camaraderie and spirit shared at Aggie Park while improving our Club home for our San Antonio Aggie family and future generations of Aggies. We invite you to review the FAQs linked above for more details on current fundraising status, estimated project timeline, and how your gift will make this vision a reality.