Development Plans

Phil Hardberger Park is devoted to developing our 300-acre natural park for use by our community. With the help of our Conservancy and our community we are committed to raising the funds needed to accomplish our goals and projects.

The PHP General Campaign

Most projects in the park are outlined in the Phil Hardberger Park Master Plan.  As important as it is to fund and complete each of those projects, the park has many other needs. Some needs come from unexpected opportunities to enhance the park.

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The Heritage Homestead

History is a big part of Phil Hardberger Park. The land that now makes up the park was once the Voelcker family's dairy farm. The Conservancy is working with many organizations to preserve the old Voelcker homestead as a place for learning about San Antonio's agrarian heritage.

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Land Bridge

Phil Hardberger Park is divided by Wurzbach Parkway. Connecting the east and west sides of the park is critical to creating a cohesive natural area and protecting the wildlife living in the park. The ideal way to connect the two sides is to build a Land Bridge broad enough for animals and people to safely cross, as is described in the park's master plan.

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  • 2013
    • Urban Ecology Center

      September 2013 - The Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center grand opening was celebrated. Built of limestone and other materials native to the park, the $6.3 million PHP Urban Ecology Center includes 18,600 square feet of recreation and education space that includes a classroom, Gathering Hall, restrooms, picnic areas, additional parking and the trailhead to the new 1.84 mile Savanna Loop trail. The PHP Urban Ecology Center overlooks the newly restored savanna and Golden Age, a commissioned art installation by San Antonio artist Anne Wallace.

  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
    • The Conservancy

      December 2009 - The park property was named Phil Hardberger Park. The Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy has been established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to turning the acreage into a premier urban park. Structurally, the Conservancy has 20 board members. The Conservancy is involved with all aspects of the park from planning activities to fundraising.

  • 2007
    • Acquisition

      May 2007 - The citizens of San Antonio passed a bond package including $32 million for the acquisition of the remaining 204 acres of the property.

  • 2006
    • The Beginning

      September 2006 - The first 107 acres was purchased for over $16 million and added to the city’s park inventory.

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy

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