- Pump House &
- Upper Labor
Dam & Acequia
- Sunken Garden
- Capital Campaign
The Brackenridge Park landscape contains an astonishing 12,000 years of documented prehistoric and human interaction with the upper course of the San Antonio River. In that span, its 120-year existence as a municipal park is relatively short. Brackenridge Park is thus more than a municipal park...
Pump House &
The general goal is to repair and enhance historic features of the site as outlined in the CoSA 2017 Bond Project. These site features include the Brackenridge Lily Pond, Upper Labor Dam, Upper Labor Acequia, Pump House, and Lambert Beach. The directive for the areas are: preserve and rehabilitate the Lambert Beach river walls acequia walls and upper labor dam; preserve the lily pond walls and water gates; and rehabilitate and restore the pump house structure.
Dam & Acequia
The Historic Acequia is situated between the Upper Labor (Lily Pond) and along the north side of the water raceway to the pump house. The Lily Pond supplies the water to the acequia through a control gate on the north side of Brackenridge Road culvert bridge near the upper end on the acequia. The lower end of the acequia by the pump house used to be gated but now open and releases water through the zoo property. The acequia is composed of grouted stone walls and an undetermined bottom. Some of the walls for some length are deteriorating and in need of repair. Many large trees have grown up near the walls and have contributed to the wall deterioration as well as surface drainage from paved areas up slope of the acequia. There is existing asphalt paved parking along Brackenridge Road as well as along a drive abutting the zoo fence line.
On Sept. 17, 2021, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy announced its plans to redevelop the historic Sunken Garden Theater as a world-class outdoor performing arts venue in collaboration with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County
After 122 years of loving the Park, these historic grounds are in need of a radical renaissance. Within this treasured community space, stone walls are crumbling with natural areas overgrown and impassable, while historic buildings are in serious disrepair
Every San Antonian has a memory of Brackenridge Park — family gatherings under the shade trees, driving through the low water crossing, riding the paddle boats on the river. Enjoying Brackenridge Park has been a part of our shared history for more than a century.
Situated just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the site of Brackenridge Park has been an oasis for humans for 12,000 years, from indigenous people who found water, food, and shelter here to Park visitors today who come to relax along the river, to wade in the low water crossing with their children, and to explore the Park's historic sites and some of San Antonio's most beloved attractions.
Brackenridge Park is free and open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
What's New at Brackenridge Park
You are invited to join our Presenting Sponsor, the Mays Family Foundation, and be a part of the fun as we recognize Nelson and Tracy Wolff for their years of dedication to our community at the Party In the Park on March 23, 2022. We want to thank the Mays Family for their continued support of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy!