"Brackenridge: San Antonio’s Acclaimed Urban Park" by Lewis F. Fisher, coming Oct. 18 from Trinity University Press and Brackenridge Park Conservancy, is extensively researched and illustrated with more than 200 archival photographs and vintage postcards. This book is the first comprehensive look at the fascinating story of Brackenridge Park, one of the most culturally significant urban public parks in the U.S., and how its diverse layers evolved to create one of San Antonio’s foremost gathering places.

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Cultural
Landscape Report

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...

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The goats were so successful in clearing seven acres in the Wilderness Area that they loaded up and headed home earlier than planned.

The Brackenridge Park Conservancy (BPC) in collaboration with San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department welcomed 150 goats through Rent-A-Ruminant® Texas to assist with naturally cutting or “mowing” overgrown vegetation. Goats, which graze on many varieties of grasses and plants, are an effective, eco-friendly, and sustainable solution to vegetation management. The Park’s approach cleared unwanted or undesirable plant species and removed extra brush, negating the need for commercial mowing and the use of herbicides.

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Sunken Garden
Theater

The Brackenridge Park Conservancy, working together with the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, has begun the process to renovate the historic Sunken Garden Theater and create a more functional event venue for the citizens of San Antonio and visitors alike.

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Pump House &
Lambert Beach

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.

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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

"Brackenridge" Book On Sale Now

"Brackenridge" Book On Sale Now

"Brackenridge: San Antonio’s Acclaimed Urban Park" by Lewis F. Fisher is the comprehensive history of one of the nation’s foremost city parks, published by Trinity University Press and underwritten by the Semmes Foundation. To preorder your copy, click here; use promo code BPC25 for 25 percent off at checkout.



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