After the completion of the Brackenridge Park Master Plan in 2017, the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio River Authority, and the Brackenridge Park Conservancy agreed that the next logical step to ensure the future of Brackenridge Park was to commission a Cultural Landscape Report.
As partners, we enlisted the aid of two nationally acclaimed architecture firms—Reed Hilderbrand of Cambridge, Mass., and Suzanne Turner Associates of Baton Rouge, La.—and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of Austin, Texas.
After 18 months of digging through historical records, interviewing historians, and examining the ecology of Brackenridge Park, this expert team of landscape architectural historians, landscape architects, ecologists, and environmental designers concluded that Brackenridge Park is more than a municipal park—it is a cultural park that is equal parts ecological laboratory, outdoor museum, leisure and recreational park, and revered setting.
The documentation, chronology, mapping, and analysis chronicled in this surprising and challenging Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Site Assessment is our guide to a healthy and sustainable future for Brackenridge Park. This first-class report helps us make sense of 12,000 years of an evolving landscape.
To invest in a Cultural Landscape Report is to take the long view of public land protection and stewardship.
This content has been divided into sections to assist you in exploring this extensive 772-page CLR.