Madison Square Park is definitely off the beaten track. Nestled in downtown San Antonio near the Baptist Medical Center, this 5-acre park doesn’t have the visibility of other downtown parks, like Travis and Milam. I predict it won’t be on the lowdown for very long, though. Madison Square Park has something for everyone: walking trails, a children’s playground, fitness equipment, picnic tables and a dog park.
On the day I was there, some park visitors sat on benches, enjoying the beautiful day. A mom and dad pushed a stroller carrying their child. Kids played on the playground. Dogs frolicked while their owners chatted. One of the dog owners lives in the adjacent Cadillac Lofts across Dallas Street. She said the dog park gets packed after 5 p.m. with downtown dwellers and their pooches.
Just across Camden Street is Madison Square Presbyterian Church, which has overlooked the park since 1882. The church’s Gothic Revival architecture stands out among the more modern buildings nearby. According to the historical marker in front, the church helped Trinity University move from Waxahachie to San Antonio in 1942. Madison Square Presbyterian Church’s mission is to be “a community that is open and welcoming to all people, without regard for nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.”
Madison Square Park, within walking distance of the Interstate 35/McCullough at Quincy Starbucks, is located at 400 Lexington. On VIA’s #7 Sightseer Special route, it’s open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily. Grab a cup of coffee before heading over to the park to sit, sip and watch the world go by.