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Crisis intervention park opens in Bandera

By Steven James BCC Editor

Bandera County Helping Hand and the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic celebrated the grand opening of Tranquility Park, located at the Arthur Nagel Clinic at 1116 12th St., on Nov. 17.
Tranquility Park, approved last year by the Bandera County Commissioners’ Court, was the final phase in the Village of Hope project. The park was done as a joint effort between Helping Hand and the Arthur Nagel Clinic—both raising $434,000.
Nov. 17 was also approved by the court to be Village of Hope Day.
The park includes an organic garden with a kitchen and a pavilion, an indoor event center with a kitchen, a koi pond and a low-impact walking trail. Tranquility Park is open to the public for walking, relaxing and meditation. The pavilion is available to rent for private or composite functions.
The park has the same hours as the clinic, 8 am to 4 pm Tuesday-Thursday, but the pavilion is also available for rent outside of those hours.
Nearly 100 people attended the grand opening.
Food was provided by Backyard Bistro, the 1856 Tavern and Steakhouse and the Farm Country Club Catering. Music was provided by the Gibson Sisters. Wine was also offered during the event.
One part of the village is a walkway constructed of memorial pavers, which are bricks on the sidewalk that lead to the trail.
Helping Hand President Kathy Gardner said the pavers can have anything people want on them. People interested in purchasing a paver may call Helping Hand at 830-796-8300. Helping Hand Executive Director Jesse Parks is in charge of the orders for the pavers.
Some pavers had people’s names on them, while others featured inspirational messages, including memorials honoring veterans or past family members. Some had sayings, such as “When you feel like you’re drowning in life, don’t worry your lifeguard walks on water!” and “Life is short smile while you still have teeth.”