6 thoughts on “Park Advocates to Take on ‘Renewing and Repositioning’ Brackenridge Park

  1. Let’s hope this isn’t just another opportunity for the city to make money off of hotels as they did with Hemisfair park. To be a great park it needs lots of green space. The fewer cars and buildings, the better

  2. I’ve been thinking a lot about the park recently. I was sad to hear that the grand lawn was removed from the master plan. I would like to see a more interconnected park, which would include the reopening of Miraflores and the removal of parking lots and asphalt roads from the interior of the park. It would be nice to have a running trail (gravel, not pavement) that extends from the Olmos Basin area, south through Brackenridge, and continues southward towards the Pearl area. Would it be possible to clean up the Sunken Gardens and host more community events and concerts at that location? One can only dream.

    I’ve given up on the idea of the park being completely rehabilitated during my lifetime, but I hope that future generations will remove the golf course and effectively double the size of the park. San Antonio and its residents deserve better. I love this city, but the way it treats its public space would not be acceptable in most other major cities. Hopefully the Hemisfair redevelopment, the Alamo site enlargement and the Brackenridge upgrades will be a step in the right direction. The city needs to realize that a first-class park space will have a ripple effect upon all of the areas surrounding the park.

    • Frank, Thank you for the mention of Miraflores. Miraflores does now belong to the City of San Antonio (since 2006), and was adopted by Brackenridge Park. It’s a small jewel, at 4.5 acres, but it contains within it a fascinating expression of Mexican history that should not be overlooked. Its original owner, Dr. Aureliano Urrutia, made important contributions to the field of medicine, and ministered to thousands of San Antonians, most of them hispanic, during his more than 40 year career here, from his downtown office and pharmacy located at Houston and Laredo Streets between the Santa Rosa Hospital and San Pedro Creek. The park contained over 30 objects relating to Mexican history and culture in a unique and mysterious landscape which encouraged exploration and contemplation. Although it was not open to the public, the garden hosted many interesting events including chamber music concerts, and gained the attention of the American Institute of Architects at their annual convention in 1931. It has suffered greatly since it was sold out of the family in the 1960s. Perhaps someday, people might be able to learn something interesting about our important neighbor to the south by visiting Miraflores. https://therivardreport.com/miraflores-dr-urrutias-lost-garden/

  3. The Rivard Report does such a great job of providing deeper information and reflection. Perhaps you could run a series on the history of Brackenridge Park; the space as near the headwaters of the San Antonio river. The historical references allow current citizens a glimpse into the park’s storied beginnings, including native American habitation of the surrounding areas.

  4. Shout out to Christina Sohn, featured in photo above. Alamo Heights HS grad ’03. ( I ran cross country with her).

    What ever happens, please more field space! Similar to Zilker park – a quality lawn will attract the people for all types of uses. The First Tees driving range is be ripe for this… Also, Bocce courts in the shade!

  5. I hope the planners do not forget us disabled people who can no longer drive a car through the park in order to enjoy it. We need lots of handicapped access for our mobility scooters, wheelchairs, etc. Hardberger foresaw this issue and did something about it. As a native San Antonioian and a long-time visitor (before disability) of the park, I am deeply interested in how the park is treated. Let it be more about nature than about numbers.

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