Brackenridge Park was built in 1899, and is rich in history. Brackenridge Park, located under the headwaters of the San Antonio River, has been a meeting spot since prehistoric times. The park exhibits signs of human habitation from 11,000 years ago. Native American artefacts which date back to 9200 B.C. They were located in the Olmos Basin and inside the park near Hildebrand Road. The park has been designated Texas’ most important archeological site.
The objectives of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy are to represent the park user’s interests, unify the park as one coherent place, and increase the park’s dedicated resources including volunteers, expertise, funding, and advocacy.
The creation of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, founded in September 2008, was the culmination of several years of lobbying on the part of the San Antonio Conservation Society, which has played an active role in preserving the park for almost 100 years.
In 2007, the Brackenridge Park Committee and Board of Directors of the Conservation Society launched the establishment of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, which provided seed funds for the new organization. The Society also hired Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the founder of New York’s Central Park Conservancy and a San Antonian, to prepare a “White Paper” on establishing an entity devoted to preserving Brackenridge Park only. In February 2009 the Brackenridge Park Conservancy founding board was elected.
The Brackenridge Park Conservancy has always listened to those who use this beloved San Antonio Park and its services, and has become a spokesperson for them. The company works under a long-term management arrangement with the city and is managed by the Department of San Antonio Parks and Recreation.
The Conservancy, the only group committed solely to preserving Brackenridge Park, raises funds for initiatives improving the city, promotes park-based services and initiatives, advises City staff and elected leaders, facilitates the creation and execution of city plans, and serves as a platform for visitors to discuss community concerns and create unity.
The Conservancy works to collaborate with all those involved in Brackenridge Park so that together we can make progress towards shared goals such as the continuation of current plans and the creation of new park programming.
Continued participation of volunteers, supporters, and advocates is a vital component in preserving and enhancing the Brackenridge Park facilities and land. For this purpose, through programs, special events, board and committee meetings and long-term planning in collaboration with the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy strives to expand the network of volunteers, professional advisors and active donors and supporters to the park.
The Conservancy commissioned a Cultural Landscape Report last year, a long-term conservation resource that provides an overview of the entire park landscape. The design team, headed by Cambridge’s Reed Hilderbrand, Mass., Baton Rouge’s Suzanne Turner Associates, La., and Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas, carried out treatment guidelines for maintaining and honoring the many layers of history and cultural diversity in the park.
The Brackenridge Park Conservancy is a park steward and advocate and an instrument to conserve and improve the ecological, historical, educational and recreational resources of the park for the benefit of present and future generations.
This amazing kid-friendly park is located in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, along with these other must-see parks you shouldn’t miss:
- Pearsall Park
- Orsinger Park
- Brooks Park
- Kiddie Park In the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
- Woodlawn Lake Park
- San Pedro Springs Park
These amazing family-friendly parks are located just down the street from our location at 20770 U.S. Hwy 281 N #107. Stop by for a visit anytime!