New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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From the Dispatch
New Braunfels police are investigating a number of recent vehicle burglaries.
In a burglary that occurred in a supermarket parking lot in the 600 block of South Walnut Avenue Tuesday afternoon, someone took a purse and jewelry worth about $200.
The burglary, to a 1995 Dodge pickup, reportedly happened between 5 and 6 p.m.
Monday, sometime between 6 and 10 p.m., a woman reported someone broke into her sport utility vehicle and took compact discs and a purse.
Value of the items was placed at $900, police said. That burglary occurred in the 10OO block of Business 35 North. There were no signs of forced entry, police said.
Between 8 and 9 p.m. Monday, in the 100 block of Highway 46 South, someone stole tools worth $1,000 from a pickup truck.
Overnight Sunday or Monday, someone took fishing equipment worth $300 from a 1982 Ford parked in the 900 block of North Walnut Avenue. The lost equipment was valued at about $300. Damage to the vehicle was $50.
The same night in the 1400 block of IH 35 North, a man reported someone took a portable phone and watch worth $240 from his vehicle. There was $75 damage to that vehicle.
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Neighbors whose children and grandchildren will use Solms Park and county officials including commissioners Moe Schwab, Cristina Zamora and County Judge Danny Scheel accept a symbolic check for $102,000 from the Lower Colorado River Authority Thursday. The money will help pay for improvements in the new county park.
Solms Park ‘dream come true’
LORA presents $102,000 for community playground
being used for anything except as a gathering place for garbage.
“This land has been there all the time I have. It would have never sold” Lopez said.
The asking price had been $100,000 but there were major cleanup issues best summed up by Zamora, who said a liability had been turned into a community asset.
“We brought the wfiole community in for the cleanup,” said Lopez. “We used chainsaws, we cut everything down, piled everything up. It took quite awhile.” New' Braunfels and the county helped with refuse removal, he said.
The county will help some more, too, Zamora said.
“I’m very, very excited about this,” she said. “The people who live here will use this and look after it. And it started with Juan.”
By Ron Maloney
SOLMS — Cristina Zamora remembers seeing Juan Lopez and his children playing at Frazier Elementary School — across New Braunfels from his home south of the city.
“Juan took the time to play with his children, and it was inspiring to me,” said Zamora, the Precinct 3 commissioner first elected in 1993. “That’s when it dawned on me. I recognized a need for a park for the children in this area.”
Years later. Zamora has seen her dream come true in Solms Park, at Farm-to-Market Road 482 and Rusch Lane. The 8-acre community park and playground was salvaged by neighbors from a brush-overgrown mess filling up with trash and broken furniture.
Thursday afternoon, Zamora, Lopez and a number of neighbors and county officials were on hand when the Lower Colorado River Authority advanced Zamora’s dream a little further with a check for $102,000.
The money, provided by LCRA’s “Partnership in Parks” program, will go toward the $209,000 to build a covered pavilion, baseball field, playground, basketball courts and restrooms.
The park was bought by the county for $50,000 in February 1998 and cleaned up by the neighborhood. Volunteers had to clear trees, brush and pile discarded household items and trash.
“It’s been a long struggle,” Zamora said.
She thanked the LCRA,
County Engineer Tom Homseth and Ruby Castilleja, the commissioners’ court executive assistant who wrote the grant proposal for the LCRA.
Then Zamora turned to Lopez, Rita Banda and others who helped make the park a reality.
“Your park is here — this is your park — it’s up to you to take care of it. I know you w ill,” she said.
County Judge Danny Scheel recalled driving up Farm-to-Market Road 482 in his days as a county constable and seeing all the children riding bikes or playing ball in the streets and in dusty front yards.
“I know the residents of this area will be as appreciative of this park and your help as we are,” he told LCRA officials.
Gordon Robertson, LCRA program manager for “Partnership in Parks” said the Solms Park project “hit the nail right on the head” for the LCRA.
“This is just the kind of project the LCRA likes to do,”
Robertson said. “A project like this is a priority for us. The
neighborhood wants this park and is interested — that’s a very big plus. I recognized immediately what the value of this project
Banda and Lopez know the value of the project, as well. Both serve on the Solms Park Committee, which will oversee use and maintenance of the facility, which so far has a fence, a paved perimeter bike path and a few trees.
“You should have seen this before we started” Banda said. “People were leaving their garbage, their old furniture here.
It was bad.”
Lopez has lived in the Solms area since 1974.
“We used to go to Comal school or to town to play ball,” Lopez said. “There was no place around here.”
All during that time there was a big, wasted overgrown place not
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