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A Confluence of Waters Flows into a Major Gift for the City

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The Boiler House grand opening benefits the San Antonio River Foundation.

It was the grand opening of the Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden at the Pearl Brewery, but the real news that came out of the party was from the event’s beneficiary, the San Antonio River Foundation.

The group, which promotes the conservation and enjoyment of the river, unveiled plans for Confluence Park, which will be developed at the point where the river meets San Pedro Creek. Ball-Nogues Studio of Los Angeles will design the area, which will have both educational and recreational opportunities for the community.

The Boiler House lights up.

Such efforts are always in need of contributions in order to keep a project going, said Frates Seeligson Jr, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. So, he was pleased to announce that James and Estela Avery had endowed the effort with a $1 million donation. James Avery is the founder of James Avery Craftsman.

“The gift lays the groundwork for the future of Confluence Park,” he said. “This is something that is so amazing, this gift to San Antonio.”

It also means that “your children will be able to go there, my grandchildren will be able to go there,” Seeligson said.

Treats from chef James Moore.

The 2.5-acre park will be at 310 W. Mitchell St. in an area known as Mission Reach. The triangle of land was once a CPS laydown yard. According to a foundation release, “The centerpiece of the park will be an artistically enhanced educational facility focused on San Antonio’s most prized cultural gem, the San Antonio River, teaching sustainability, stewardship and environmental science. The facility will also feature opportunities for the community to learn about gardening, exercise and nutrition.”

In addition to hosting the private opening party as a benefit for the Foundation, the Boiler House will continue to raise money for the group. On the third Monday of each month, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of its net proceeds to the group. Plus, $1 from the sales of each order of Smoked Trout, Goat Cheese and Arugula on Grilled Crostini will help the cause.

For more information on the River Foundation, click here. For more on the Boiler House, click here.

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