Thanks to supporters like you, the Conservancy raised $187,911, plus a matching donation of $10,000 through Birdies for Charity® an exciting fundraising program linked to the Valero Texas Open, the 3rdoldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may have noticed plastic tarps on the ground in the West side of the park in the grassy drainage channel near the parking lots. These have been put down as part of a project that aims to control invasive grass species in and around the park’s native grasslands.
Have you ever noticed these blue-purple berries on cedar trees (also known as Ashe junipers) around the park? Although small, they play a huge role in the park’s ecosystem and greater surrounding area.
Kidneywood trees (Eysenhardtia texana) are small trees species that prefer to grow in full sun to light shade. Due to their palatability, this makes them highly susceptible to being over-broused by deer, and…
The Resource Guide is a useful tool for identifying the plants and wildlife seen in Hardberger Park. It also tells the history of the land and how it has been transformed from a dairy farm to an urban wilderness.
Both sides of Hardberger Park (on NW Military and Blanco) have plenty of live oak, juniper, hackberry, mesquite, and cedar elms. However, the Texas red oaks (Quercus buckleyi) are confined to the Salado Creek area (on the Blanco side). This is due primarily to soil type.
The rules of Phil Hardberger Park prohibit feeding deer or any other wild animals in the park. More importantly, feeding wild animals is not a good idea. It causes animals to lose their natural fear of humans, which can put the animal’s life and well-being in danger.
It is the Park Naturalist job to make sure that native plant communities are maintained and not compromised by exotic invasive plants and that any wildlife issues are dealt with in a timely, humane manner.
This fall has brought a steady wave of beautiful butterflies to Hardberger Park. Everything from the brilliant zebra heliconian to the ubiquitous common mestra and the ever faithful monarch can be seen at the park.