Big crowd assembles for Moonlight, Roses in new Walnut Springs Park

The Seguin Daily News

By Darren Dunn

May 23, 2011

(Segun) — The first big public event to ever be held in the new Walnut Springs Park was a big success. The Seguin Main Street program held its annual Moonlight and Roses event in the new public space downtown located next to the Memorial Rose Garden.

Dozens of people brought lawn chairs and the beverages of their choice and enjoyed live jazz performed by both Mike McGrew and Shaakir in the park. The new linear park opens up a number of areas along Walnut Branch Creek.

Bob Pickett, chairman of the Seguin Main Street Advisory Board, said Friday’s event was one of the best he’s ever seen.

“This is absolutely fanstastic. This is the largest crowd that I have seen in a number of years,” said Pickett. “Everybody I think is in awe (of Walnut Springs Park). If they haven’t seen the park before and its completion, they are just marveling at it. We also want to thank all of the people who contributed the food. So it’s a great turnout, the music is great (and) it’s a great evening.”

The night began with the Main Street Advisory Board and the city of Seguin presenting the 2010 Downtowner of the Year Award. Pickett says the Giles family was honored for its commitment to a historic property in the heart of downtown Seguin.

“This year we recognized Tom Giles and his family. They own the Aumont Hotel downtown. They have done an awful lot of work on it, (and) a lot of improvements. They open it up for different events. They’ve got the restaurant going on (inside), and as well (residential) tenants. So we recognize them this year for what they did for the downtown,” said Pickett.

The Giles’ work on the Aumont includes installing sprinkler systems on all floors, constructing eight downtown living spaces, providing lease space for a new downtown restaurant and for making the ballroom and lobby available for special public and private events.

Several other awards were handed out during the event on Friday. Hepzibah Hoffman-Rogers, of Thunderpaws Canine Solutions, was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Thunder Paws was recognized for helping to support the downtown, but also for helping with other pet-oriented programs in the area, including the creation of the new dog park inside of Max Starcke Park.

The Downtown Beautification Award for 2010 was presented to Tavie Erwin and the owners of Advanced Home Health Services. The new award was presented to honor Advanced Home Health Services for the work it has done inside and outside of its building located at the corner of South Austin and West Donegan streets.

The Main Street Advisory Board also recognized Jack and Patt Linden for their work keeping up the Memorial Rose Garden. The board also honored two former longtime members of the board. Audra Schulz and Gloria Kinz were honored for their many years of service on the board and for their committment to improve downtown Seguin.

Guadalupe County officials were also recognized during the event for their recent work in downtown Seguin, including the conversion of the 60,000 square foot Economy Furniture Building into the new Guadalupe County Justice Center.