Cultural Landscape Report

Historical Significance Solidified

The Cultural Landscape Report definitively concludes that Brackenridge Park is distinctive in the state of Texas, in the nation, and in the world.

“As a municipal park, Brackenridge Park is unequalled in its layers of history. It is one of the most culturally significant public parks in the United States.”

Charles Birnbaum - Founder & CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

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.

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Forward
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Preface
  5. Executive Summary
  6. Introduction Part 1
  7. Introduction Part 2
  8. Part One - Contexts
  9. Part Two - Past
  10. Part Three - Present
  11. Part Four - Future
  12. Glossary
  13. BP Graphic Timeline
  14. BP Timeline
  15. Ecological Site Assessment
  16. Bibliography