Incorporated in September 2008, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy’s formation was the result of many years of advocacy on the part of the San Antonio Conservation Society, which has played an active role in the park’s preservation for nearly 100 years.
In 2007, the Conservation Society’s Brackenridge Park committee and Board of Directors initiated the formation of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, providing seed money for the new organization. The Society also engaged Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the founder of the Central Park Conservancy in New York and a San Antonian, to prepare a “White Paper” about the creation of an organization dedicated solely to the protection of Brackenridge Park. The founding board of the Brackenridge Park Conservancy was elected in February 2009.
Since then, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy has listened to and been a voice for those who use this cherished San Antonio park and its facilities. The organization operates under a long-term Management Agreement with the city that is administered by the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.
The only organization dedicated solely to protecting Brackenridge Park, the Conservancy raises funds for projects that benefit the park, implements park-based programs and projects, advises City staff and elected officials, supports the evolution and implementation of plans for the park, and acts as a forum for users to address common issues and build consensus.
The Conservancy exists to work with everyone who has an interest in Brackenridge Park so that, together, we can make progress toward common goals, such as implementing existing plans and developing new programming for the park.
A key component in maintaining and improving the facilities and property of Brackenridge Park is the continued participation of volunteers, sponsors, and advocates. For this reason, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy seeks to increase the network of volunteers, experienced consultants, and enthusiastic donors and sponsors for the park through programming, special events, board and committee activities, and long-term planning in partnership with the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.
Last year, the Conservancy commissioned a Cultural Landscape Report, a long-term management tool that provides an understanding of the entire park landscape. The design team, led by Reed Hilderbrand of Cambridge, Mass., Suzanne Turner Associates of Baton Rouge, La., and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of Austin, Texas, set out treatment recommendations for the preservation and celebration of the park’s many layers of history and cultural diversity.
The Brackenridge Park Conservancy is a steward of and an advocate for the park and an instrument for preserving and enhancing the park’s natural, historic, educational and recreational resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.