My name is Tony Castro, and I was born and raised in Floresville, TX. During high school, I worked at Promised Land Dairy bottling milk and at Wilson County News in the printing department. After attending Palo Alto College, I transferred north, where I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. I currently work at KSAT-12 TV where I do behind the scenes production for our primetime newscasts.
In 2010, my wife, Sonya, and I fell in love with an 1897 Victorian home in Dignowity Hill and made the move. The open floor plan and amazing kitchen sealed the deal since I love to cook. A couple of years later, we welcomed our son, Zephyr, into the world. A little after that our daughter, Gemma, was born.
I served on the Dignowity Hill Association board in 2011, and also became a mentor to a young 1st grader at Bowden Elementary. He is now in 5th grade, and I continue to visit him weekly at school, talking about school, his life, and future plans. My goal is to mentor him through high school and help him apply to colleges.
As a father, I began to give more notice to our neighborhood park and felt that it had the potential to become something greater, especially since it has the best view of the city. My wife and I found ourselves too often passing up our neighborhood park to head over to parks around the city that offered more for our family. Inspired by the increasing number of community initiatives by our neighbors in Dignowity Hill, we decided to pursue park improvements. We contacted the city’s parks and recreation department and shared our ideas with neighborhood businesses and residents. Many neighbors soon joined the effort in support and meetings began to be organized. Today, we have a strong group of resident volunteers, and we’re making great progress to see our vision come to life.
On a personal note, I’d like to share my thoughts on urban living. Living in our neighborhood for five years now, I’ve come to really appreciate what San Antonio has to offer. We love experiencing all the culture our city has to offer. Some people might feel it’s impossible to raise children downtown, but I would surely disagree. Our kids love walking downtown, visiting the Alamo, going to Central Library, and taking barge rides during Christmas. I can’t imagine a better place to raise our children. We are lucky to have found our perfect house, in our perfect neighborhood, in a city that means so much to us.