Nearly forty years after the city's iconic family recreational park closed, the site of Playland Park north of downtown will again serve and enrich the lives of young people, but in a different way, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Alamo Colleges today opened its new 150,000 square foot headquarters and support building on the site on North Alamo, in what is now the booming Pearl District.
"The board had some foresight to purchase this site ten years ago, before all the growth and development here in the Broadway corridor," Alamo Colleges Chancellor Mike Flores said.
He says the new building will bring together some 600 staffers who are now scattered in buildings across the ACCD's growing network of community colleges and other facilities.
"What we are doing is relocating 600 employees for the Alamo Colleges District into one place," he said. "This will insure that our students at the colleges, the faculty and staff, have all the resources they need."
Playland Park, with its 'Rocket' roller coaster, closed in 1980, and the site has been vacant since that time.