San Antonio's "crown jewel of parks, rich in history, tradition and fun memories" is Brackenridge Park (Scott Huddleston - Express News). Located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, Brackenridge Park and the surrounding area have been a gathering place since prehistoric times. There is evidence of human visitation and occupation extending back at least 9,000 years, with more recent archaeological sites dating from the Spanish Colonial period and even the Civil War.
Today, Brackenridge Park is one of San Antonio's most accessible, relaxing and varied recreational destinations, where visitors can enjoy golf, fishing, hiking, running, bird watching, lunch at the Japanese Tea Garden, train rides, family reunions, baseball, the San Antonio Zoo and the Witte Museum.
The Brackenridge Park Conservancy was created to be a steward of and an advocate for the park and an instrument for preserving and enhancing the park's natural, historic, educational and recreational resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The Conservancy will increase resources – volunteers, expertise, funding and influence – for the park. As the most vocal cheerleader for the park's environment and green spaces, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy will partner with the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, other organizations and individuals to spearhead conservation, expansion and improvement endeavors.
The Mabel Jingu Enkoji Fund
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The memorial Mabel Jingu Enkoji Fund will be perpetually dedicated to supporting the Japanese Tea Garden, recently restored by the San Antonio Parks Foundation, and providing cultural programming in the spirit of the Jingu family's presence and legacy in the Tea Garden. Brackenridge Park Conservancy accepts and manage contributions to the fund. Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. To donate on-line, please click "GIVE" on the upper right corner of this page. Please designate your check or PayPal gift as "Mabel Jingu Enkoji Fund." To learn more about Mabel Jingu Enkoji and her life, please click here. To learn more about the history of the Tea Garden, the Jingu family, and the restoration of the Jingu House restaurant, please click here.