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Birdies for Charity

Birdies for Charity

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy invites you to support us through Birdies for Charity® an exciting fundraising program linked to the Valero Texas Open, the 3rdoldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule.

The community breaks ground on the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park

The community breaks ground on the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park

The community gathered on October 6 to celebrate the start of construction on the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park.

San Antonio Renews Pledge as Monarch Champion City

San Antonio Renews Pledge as Monarch Champion City

Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced San Antonio’s renewed commitment to the National Wildlife Federation Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Pledge at a press conference Monday.

Nature Makes Kids Happy

Nature Makes Kids Happy

Being active in nature makes kids happier,” says the National Environmental Education Foundation. Nature’s Garden Summer Camp was first offered at Phil Hardberger Park in 2014…

Children's Vegetable Garden Wins Statewide Award

Children's Vegetable Garden Wins Statewide Award

The Phil Hardberger Park Children’s Vegetable Garden was awarded First Place by the Texas Master Gardener Association 2016 Search for Excellence Awards. The Bexar County Master Gardener Assoc. received the award.

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy Nears Its Goal of Uniting Hardberger Park

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy Nears Its Goal of Uniting Hardberger Park

The three donors, each giving $1 million, are Phil and Linda Hardberger, the Klesse Foundation (Bill and Margie Klesse), and the Voelcker Fund.  Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced that he is working to secure $1 million in County funds for the bridge.

UPDATED: Defending the Land Bridge

UPDATED: Defending the Land Bridge

The final recommendations from the bond committees include $13 million for the Land Bridge. Your help is still needed.

We Raised $23,765 at Big Give 2016

We Raised $23,765 at Big Give 2016

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy won $7,500 in prize money for Most Donors in the Community Improvement, Environment, and Parks category during Big Give 2016.

What can you do for your park?

What can you do for your park?

On May 3, from midnight to midnight, you can be part of this great event. San Antonio will come together for 24 hours of nonprofit giving during The Big Give S.A., and Phil Hardberger Park is taking part!  It is San Antonio’s third annual giving day.

Why does a city park need its own nonprofit?

Why does a city park need its own nonprofit?

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports Phil Hardberger Park. Which begs the question – why does a city park need its own nonprofit? Bottom line – the city can only do so much.

SA Magazine Best Of The City 2016

SA Magazine Best Of The City 2016

Phil Hardberger Park tops the list again in 2016!

Passport to Fun Gala

Thank you to our sponsors and the many friends who attended the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy's gala in October.

We asked and you gave -  $28,955!

We asked and you gave -  $28,955!

Thanks to your generosity, the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy raised $26,101 through The Big Give S.A. on May 5, 2015. 

Starting Out Wild: A Program that Introduces Toddlers to Nature

Starting Out Wild: A Program that Introduces Toddlers to Nature

Two years ago San Antonio Natural Area Education Coordinator Peggy Spring had a dream of starting an educational program where toddlers love and experience nature in the first years of life. From this grew the Starting Out Wild (SOW) concept.

The 2014 Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy Gala

View the photo gallery

PAWS for the Park: Just for our four-legged friends and the people who love them

Meet Atticus—the first PAWS for the Park member of the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy.

PHP Conservancy Success at Big Give SA

$22,946 was raised through TheBigGiveSA, including 3 prizes totaling $4000 awarded to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy.

Phil Hardberger Park is the BEST!

Phil Hardberger Park is the BEST!

Readers of the San Antonio Current recently voted in the magazine's "Best of San Antonio" poll.

Harberger Park wins AACOG award

Harberger Park wins AACOG award

The Alamo Area Council of Governments recently recognized the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy with its Air Quality Stewardship Award in the Nonprofit Organization Category.

Phil Hardberger Park: A Legacy of Beauty

Phil Hardberger Park: A Legacy of Beauty

Watch this welcome video of Phil Hardberger Park…

Golden Age Video

Golden Age Video

Watch this video about our latest art installment…

Hardberger Park declared Best-of-the-City

Hardberger Park declared Best-of-the-City

In the Best-of-the-City issue San Antonio Magazine declared Phil Hardberger Park the best city park! Here is what they had to say...

Wild Turkey Federation

Wild Turkey Federation

On Nov. 16, 2013, members of the Alamo Chapter Wild Turkey Federation presented Wild Turkeys in Texas at Phil Hardberger Park. The Alamo Area Master Naturalists sponsored the program. Here are highlights of the presentation.

Golden Age in Phil Hardberger Park

Golden Age in Phil Hardberger Park

Like many of Anne Wallace’s public commissions, Golden Age, addresses life growing up in a Texas ranching family, Wallace sought to engage the natural and agricultural history of the land that has become Phil Hardberger Park.

Urban Ecology opening draws VIPs, crowds

The crowd Saturday grew to hundreds — from teenage snake handlers to the grand opening of the newest showpiece in the city's park system.

Fish out of water!

Fish out of water!

The kids of Hardberger Park learned how to bait a hook, cast a line and handle a fish—and they did it on dry land!

Dairy Barn Restored

Dairy Barn Restored

The restoration of the Voelcker dairy barn was celebrated April 13, 2013. The 1500 square foot dairy barn went through a major transformation.

Go On, Get Happy

With health benefits linked to a positive demeanor, brighten your mood at one of San Antonio’s cheery check-ins.

Hardberger Park getting a $500K boost

Hardberger Park will get a half-million-dollar shot in the arm from donors attending the “Connect to Nature” gala Thursday night at the acreage.

Restoration of dairy barn a two-year project

Dairy Barn Update

Restoration of the original Voelcker dairy barn is underway.

San Antonio Magazine’s 2012 Best Awards—Best Dog Park: Phil Hardberger Park

Our city’s much-deserved gift to our wonderful pets, the Hardberger Park has a dog-size safe haven for pups to pick on someone their own size.

2012 Going Green Awards

2012 Going Green Awards

Betty Sutherland, executive director of the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, won the San Antonio Business Journal's Going Green Award for Land Conservation.

 

Conservancy receives major contribution

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 4:30 p.m., the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy accepted a check presented by G. Douglas Edwards of Henrietta Partners.

2012 Bond Program offers big improvements for Phil Hardberger Park

Please make sure to vote yes for the City of San Antonio 2012-2017 Bond Program on May 12th.

Wireless Service in the Park

If you’ve noticed more people leaving the home or office behind to get some work done in the park that’s because Phil Hardberger Park recently became the first park in the city to offer free wireless service to visitors.

Golden-cheeked Warbler sighted!

Golden-cheeked Warbler sighted!

The birding community was buzzing over spring break at the sighting of a Golden-cheeked Warbler at Phil Hardberger Park.

Three new features now open

The Salado Classroom / Restroom Building, Salado Creek Overlook and east dog park trail are now open on the east side of the park.

Thank you, NuStar, the Heroes of Hardberger Park

Thank you, NuStar, the Heroes of Hardberger Park

They began in February, a small dedicated team of NuStar employees with a passion for Phil Hardberger Park and a desire to help.

Hardberger Park will continue to evolve in 2012

Hardberger Park will continue to evolve in 2012

The new year will usher in the third phase of the five-phase development of Phil Hardberger Park.

Bats Program

On October 22, 2011, Nyta Brown of Texas Parks & Wildlife Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area, led our education program on bats.

New Classroom Building is a Model of Sustainability

New Classroom Building is a Model of Sustainability

The construction at the north end of the parking lot on the east side of Phil Hardberger Park is nearing completion as the long-awaited Salado Classroom Building is expected to open to the public in November.

New Overlook showcases Salado Creek

New Overlook showcases Salado Creek

Also scheduled to open in November is the new Salado Creek Overlook.

Futures of public parks may need private dollars

When New York City entered a period of economic and social upheaval in the 1970s and Central Park suffered years of neglect, San Antonio native Elizabeth Barlow Rogers came to the rescue.

Hay, look! Public art in Hardberger Park

Hay, look! Public art in Hardberger Park

The towering figures, which stand up to 17-feet tall and weigh more than 1,000 pounds each, spent the last two years on city-owned property near Mission San Juan de Capistrano.

Shavano Park Women’s Club

The Shavano Park Women's Club came to Phil Hardberger Park for a walk and talk about native plants and future plans for Hardberger Park and the Salado Creek Greenway.

NuStar ‘Superstars’ Adopt Hardberger Park

NuStar Energy has adopted Phil Hardberger Park and the adjacent Salado Creek Greenway as part of the City of San Antonio’s Adopt-a-Park program.

Volunteers to Restore Historic Dairy Barn

Volunteers to Restore Historic Dairy Barn

Volunteers with the Associated General Contractors’ Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) will begin tomorrow, Saturday, March 19 a two-year-long community service project to restore the nineteenth century dairy barn at Phil Hardberger Park.

Readers Recommend Dog Park

Readers Recommend Dog Park

For February 2011, FIDOFriendly.com polled readers on top Dog Friendly Destinations. No surprise to us, Phil Hardberger Park is included with selected parks that rate as “…Paradise for pooches and people who like the great outdoors.”

The Next Phase of the Park

The Next Phase of the Park

The May 15 grand opening of Phil Hardberger Park, including the mile and a half of hiking trails, playscape and the city's largest dog park, was just the beginning of the former dairy farm's transformation into a world-class park.

Prairie Restoration

Prairie Restoration

In keeping with the park’s master plan, the City of San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department is restoring grasslands in the park. While the 311-acre property features many native trees, there are virtually no native grasses — less than 1 percent, according to a plant survey conducted as part of the master plan.

Tails of the Trails

Tails of the Trails

Thanks to the Lackland Air Force Base dog trainers who brought police dogs to demonstrate what they are trained to do.

Many Happy Returns to Hardberger Park

Many Happy Returns to Hardberger Park

The best measure of the May 15 grand opening of Phil Hardberger Park may have been a question overheard from a little boy as his family was leaving the playground. “Mom, can we come back next week?” the boy asked his mother.

Weathered the Storm

Weathered the Storm

More than a few Conservancy board members commented on the seemingly miraculous work of Xavier Urrutia’s Parks and Recreation Department staff to prepare the park for the grand opening despite the torrential rain the day before. More than 100 city employees worked in the rain all day Friday preparing the park for the big weekend.

Moms Roll In

Moms Roll In

Stroller Strides of North San Antonio is using the park for a full body exercise for mothers with their children in strollers. The classes consist of intervals of power walking and muscle strengthening exercises using resistance tubing.

Hardbergers donate $100,000

Standing in front of the new Hardberger Park sign on Blanco Road, Phil and Linda Hardberger presented a $100,000 check from the Phil and Linda Hardberger Foundation.

State grants $1.75 million to local parks

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has awarded $1 million for Phil Hardberger Park and $750,000 for Mission County Park.

Earth Starts Moving

Groundbreaking ceremony at Phil Hardberger Park - City officials and residents who have long worked to create a public urban park out of the former Voelcker dairy farm in North Central San Antonio will soon see the fruits of their labor at last.

Parks projects chosen for planning awards

Two San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department development projects will receive awards today for outstanding planning.

City previews second phase of Phil Hardberger Park

With the first phase of development of Phil Hardberger Park nearing completion, city officials and consultants have unveiled plans for the second round of improvements.

Phil Hardberger Park: Wild in the city

Mayor Phil Hardberger doesn't waste words, but he can become downright loquacious when describing the 300 acres of oak savannah known as Phil Hardberger Park.

Looking skyward

Looking skyward

White Mountain Apache group, looks to the sky during the Phil Hardberger Park open house.

First phase gets design panel OK

Grassland restoration is included; work on the North Side site could start in January.

Plan to restore grasses has some worried about trees

Plan to restore grasses has some worried about trees

Experts say grassland ecosystem's revival at Phil Hardberger Park would benefit the environment.

Park project gets $1 million grant

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission awarded the city of San Antonio a $1 million matching grant Thursday to develop the new 311-acre Phil Hardberger Park in the north-central part of the city.

Voelcker purchase would benefit city

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission awarded the city of San Antonio a $1 million matching grant Thursday to develop the new 311-acre Phil Hardberger Park in the north-central part of the city.

Panel acts to protect 12 historic sites

Panel acts to protect 12 historic sites

Conservation to be weighed by City Council this summer. A city panel has gone forward with plans to protect a dozen historic structures dating as far back as the late 1700s, including a house built by an early Texas settler a few years after the battle of the Alamo.

This Man, This Land

Phil Hardberger Park's caretaker hopes to stay long after it opens to public.

Phil Hardberger Park becoming reality

City Council approves master plan and funds for first phase of design. Phil Hardberger Park already looks like the land suburban development forgot. Now it should remain that way a wooded oasis bisected by busy streets and surrounded by neighborhoods.

Park push could put the city on a new path

City officials, led by Mayor Phil Hardberger, are charging hard to buy the 311 acres and turn it into one of the city's largest parks. A stroll through Max and Minnie Voelcker's old dairy farm is like a glimpse into San Antonio's past.

Firm studying S.A.'s claim to rights over tract

A venture headed by former Dallas Mayor Robert Folsom has been the envy of area developers for 25 years.

Vision of Park Unveiled

A 175-foot-wide bridge designed so deer can safely cross Wurzbach Parkway could be the crown jewel of what the city is billing as a world-class urban park.

Dog walk showcases new park for public

The "Dog Tails on Voelcker Trails" event encourages citizens to bring their pets for free microchipping, a service the city of San Antonio's Animal Care Services is now requiring for all its new pet adoptions.

No off-road biking in Phil Hardberger Park, designers say

In order to preserve the natural landscape of the park, we can only allow recreational bicycling into the park. However off-road mountain biking enthusiasts are encouraged on the Salado Creekway program. 

Public invited to see conceptual design

Public invited to see conceptual design

The team of consultants tapped to create a master plan for Phil Hardberger Park on the North Side will unveil a conceptual design Monday for the 311-acre former dairy farm.

Development should realize two visions

The solution is obvious. Phil Hardberger Park should become a double-decker. The lower level can remain forever in its "pristine" prairie-and-woodlands condition. The upper level can be filled with all the amenities of an active urban park.

Sowing the Seeds of a World Class Park

Sowing the Seeds of a World Class Park

San Antonio Utilizes National Design Competition Process — For parks and recreation professionals it is the opportunity of a lifetime - to save 311 acres of pristine land in the heart of a heavily developed metropolitan area from becoming a concrete jungle by turning it into an urban park.

Turnout low at Phil Hardberger Park Hearings

City officials have long touted Voelcker Ranch as a destination park — a spectacular landscape with centuries-old oak trees that will draw people from all over town, much as Brackenridge Park does.

Companies present Phil Hardberger Park designs

Four companies vying for a contract to design the proposed Phil Hardberger Park Reserve

A Treasure for Nature Lovers

Bird enthusiasts, hikers and ordinary folks turn out to enjoy new trail at Phil Hardberger Park's second open house.

Mayor Touts Parkland Purchase

Mayor Phil Hardberger pitched the purchase of the 311-acre North Side property for a new city park.

Focus: New Parkland

"Try buying tract from developer", "Land is a North Side treasure", "Better than thousands of homes".

Park plan a Win-Win or a Last Chance?

Park plan could be a chance to turn things around for green urban space on the North Side.

Rare Opportunity Worth Pursuing

City Council is expected to authorize negotiations to purchase 311 acres of parkland on the North Side

San Antonio buys Voelcker Ranch acreage

San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger said Thursday that the city has finalized the purchase of the first two tracts of Voelcker Ranch land in North San Antonio.

Council moving ahead on land

But a Dallas investor has first right to 311-acre Voelcker property; city condemnation an option.

Prized Property Could be Oasis

Prized Property Could be Oasis

City officials want to acquire a new 311-acre park on the North Side.

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