Stakeholder Advisory Committee
Brackenridge Park Conservancy (BPC) is co-chairing with the City of San Antonio, a community planning effort to reconcile plans for the park. Brackenridge is the backyard for all San Antonians. We want to ensure that it is honored for generations to come.
Revealing the Park's History
In July 1863, the Union Army defeated Confederate forces at Vicksburg, effectively taking control of the Mississippi River and stranding 50,000 soldiers on the river's west side. Left to supply shoes, harnesses, saddles, and more for these soldiers, Confederate army quartermasters turned their attention to a tannery in San Antonio, on land that today is in Brackenridge Park. Details of this story and so many others about Brackenridge Park are revealed in San Antonio author Lewis F. Fisher's latest book, “Brackenridge: San Antonio’s Acclaimed Urban Park”. Click here for more of Richard Marini's article about the tannery in the Express News. To purchase the book, click here.
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.