Renewal Of The Native Landscape
Great parks reveal the uniqueness of their natural and cultural landscapes.
The landscape origins of San Antonio are celebrated in its parks, San Pedro Springs being one of the first in the nation to set the example of the cultural expression of a native landscape. Phil Hardberger Park presents an opportunity to renew native plant communities and wildlife habitats that are decreasing rapidly in the region, recapturing the significant landscape identity of south Texas. The three Texan eco-regions of Edwards Plateau, Blackland Prairie and South Texas Plains converge in Bexar County and are manifested within the Park in the potential plant communities on the site such as oak savannas and woodlands. Setting state-wide benchmarks for the timely reintroduction of diverse regional ecosystems and for the creative use of sustainable restoration practices, Phil Hardberger Park can be distinguished as a paradigm of native landscape renewal. Unlike other natural areas in San Antonio, Phil Hardberger Park is a remnant patch surrounded by dense development; an urban wilderness. The interface of wilderness and city provides the impetus to demonstrate how unique the Park could be as a ‘cultivated wild,’ advancing park traditions for a contemporary San Antonio.