There's Hyde Park in London, Central Park in New York and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. And in San Antonio, the crown jewel of parks, rich in history, tradition and fun memories, is Brackenridge Park (Scott Huddleston - Express News). Located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, Brackenridge Park and the surrounding area have been a gathering place since prehistoric times. There is evidence of human visitation and occupation extending back at least 9,000 years, with more recent archaeological sites dating from the Spanish Colonial period and even the Civil War.
Today, Brackenridge Park is one of San Antonio's most accessible, relaxing and varied recreational destinations, where visitors can enjoy golf, fishing, hiking, running, bird watching, lunch at the Japanese Tea Garden, train rides, family reunions, baseball, the San Antonio Zoo and the Witte Museum.
The Brackenridge Park Conservancy was created to be 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. The Conservancy will increase resources – volunteers, expertise, funding and influence – for the park. As the most vocal cheerleader for the park's environment and green spaces, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy will partner with the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, other organizations and individuals to spearhead conservation, expansion and improvement endeavors.