Commentary: How Parks Can Connect San Antonio’s Past & Future

By: Charles Birnbaum

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Parks and open spaces are taking center stage in North America’s urban renaissance as multi-purpose catalysts and vital connective tissue. The reuse and rehabilitation of extant infrastructure is creating innovative and inspiring new sites, and spurring a renewed civic aspiration for design excellence. As noted in previous City Shaping articles (published by the Huffington Post), consequential and noteworthy work is molding HoustonToronto, and many other places with projects of varying scale that skillfully achieve ecological, social, and cultural objectives.

On a recent tour of San Antonio, TX, it became clear that the city best known as the home of The Alamo and River Walk is creating a significant and brilliantly interconnected system of parks and open spaces. San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor, at a March 2016 conference organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation about landscape architecture and urban planning in Houston, outlined an ambitious goal: “In San Antonio, as we approach three hundred years of existence, we’re trying to … create (an) emotional relationship between place, history, ecology and people.”

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