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Roadrunner Memorial Garden opens on UTSA Main Campus

Roadrunner Memorial Garden opens on UTSA Main Campus

Student-led project provides a place to remember those who have passed away.

(Feb. 2, 2018) -- Students, faculty, staff and visitors to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will notice a beautiful new space when they enter Main Campus near Loop 1604. The Roadrunner Memorial Garden, a designated area at the UTSA Oval where the community can reflect on those who have passed away, is complete.

>>The garden will be dedicated during a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 on the UTSA Main Campus. Members of the campus community are invited to attend.

The Roadrunner Memorial Garden was championed by the UTSA Student Government Association and is a testament to the character of the UTSA community, where all Roadrunners belong. The new space was made possible in part by UTSA donors who donated through the university’s crowdfunding platform. The original goal was to raise $25,000. By the end of the fundraising campaign, that total exceeded $39,000.

“The Roadrunner Memorial Garden serves as a place to honor and remember those who have sadly been taken away from us,” said Marcus Thomas, SGA President. “It is designated as a safe space for Roadrunners to come together, reflect and mourn those losses.”

UTSA Facilities Planning and Development designed and rendered the Roadrunner Memorial Garden. The UTSA Facilities’ Engineering and Project Management team oversaw the garden’s construction. The space includes a semicircular paved plaza with a limestone-faced, three-tiered, semicircular retaining wall. Three flagpoles with concrete foundations stand north of the wall. LED lighting illuminates each flagpole at night and electrical infrastructure has been added for future tree lighting. The pavers and limestone are similar to the existing materials located at the Oval and surrounding areas. A bronze plaque with an engraved memorial message can be seen on the south side of the retaining wall. 

Courtney Clevenger

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