Community Requests

The Phil Hardberger Park design team orchestrated a drawing exercise as part of an on-going dialogue with the community about the site’s capacity for potential park uses.

Participants were organized into groups of six to eight and were provided with basemaps of the existing site. The basemaps delineated a set of baseline conditions intended to guide the exercise and provoke conversation between community members. Each group was asked to organize the site based on their newly acquired knowledge gained from the presentations of site analysis and potential park uses, as well as the three programmatic themes of renew, recreate and educate.

The multiple venues of community input, including city-wide meetings and comments posted on the website added up to informed criteria for the Master Plan proposal. Discussion points with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Mayor’s and City Manager’s offices, were based upon a careful inventory of all of the many forms of feedback from citizens across the City. All of these hopes and desires for the precious parcel of land became an integral part of the design team’s vision for Phil Hardberger Park.

In formulating the design responses that structure the Master Plan, every effort has been made to synthesize community input and integrate with the insight provided by the experienced staff at the Parks and Recreation Department, along with the continued support and the challenge by the Mayor to create a 21st century park for San Antonio. The goals of the Master Plan are outlined in the following design responses, organized by the categories of park elements and issues. Each program element has been considered in relation to the objective to establish the ratio of a predominantly native landscape with a balance of active park use areas.

Many of the components included in the design responses comprise the landscape framework of the Master Plan. An essential aspect of the design strategies that follow is the ability for compatible park elements to be tested for their fit within this framework. The selection criteria for park uses emphasizes the need for minimal impact on the preserved and restored native landscape. As part of the future phases of design development, the specifics of those program elements will continue to be studied and discussed with the community. Together with more knowledge about the site and the practicalities of constructing and maintaining a large park the more specific program components will evolve as Phil Hardberger Park becomes a reality.

Community Requests

Design Response

‘NATURAL’ PARK
  • wildlife habitat / corridors
  • tree preservation
  • tall grass prairie
75% OF PARK PRESERVED + RESTORED TO NATIVE TEXAS LANDSCAPE
  • protected to/from the Salado Creek Greenway
  • heritage oaks plus other valuable trees to remain
  • oak savanna re-established with preserved oaks in restored grasslands
EDUCATION / ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
  • lessons about native + urban landscape habitats
  • ecological succession + agricultural demonstrations
  • field trips + youth training about care of parks
  • adult education / senior center
URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER, SALADO CREEK CLASSROOM + TRAILHEAD, HERITAGE HOMESTEAD
  • classroom pavilions and field learning stations
  • educational plots of native landscape restoration + urban agriculture
  • city-wide program with schools + community centers
  • multi-purpose facilities for community programs + events
SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
  • low impact / eco-sensitive design
  • water harvesting / natural drainage
  • ‘green’ energy / solar power
INNOVATIVE ‘GREEN’ TECHNOLOGIES INTEGRATED THROUGHOUT THE PARK
  • minimal disruption and maximum improvement of natural systems
  • progressive storm water management: collect, filter + reuse
  • alternative energy for all park structures and systems
PASSIVE RECREATION
  • walking / hiking trails
  • picnic areas
  • sculpture garden / public art
  • amphitheater
WOVEN THROUGHOUT THE PARK
  • 5 distinct trail loops, varied surfaces, ADA + stroller accessible
  • large + small, in entry groves + along trails
  • potential for revolving installations / design enhancements
  • event space potential at pavilions and open fields
ACTIVE RECREATION
  • sports fields + courts
  • playgrounds
  • dog park
  • swimming pool / water play
  • disc golf
  • skills area [bike, skateboards, etc.]
  • biking [recreational]
  • biking [off-road, velodrome]
LARGE AND SMALL OPEN AREAS FOR LOW IMPACT ACTIVITIES
  • open fields for practice + pick-up games near parking groves
  • enclosed areas in entry groves
  • designated areas on east and west side
  • shallow water channels for splash pad + wading pools
  • potential locations for low impact
  • potential in designated active recreation areas on west side
  • limited to designated trails
  • incompatible with proposed park; provide connection to Salado Creek Greenway
ACCESS
  • transportation to park
  • connection to Salado Creek Greenway
  • crossing over Wurzbach Parkway
  • access into park
CITY-WIDE CONNECTIONS TO NEIGHBORHOODS + PARK SYSTEM
  • proposed VIA bus stops plus ample parking for cars + buses
  • greenway incorporated into east side of park
  • proposed (large) land bridge or (smaller) pedestrian bridge
  • to be coordinated with various agencies and adjacent property owners
SAFETY/MANAGEMENT
  • neighborhood buffers
  • emergency access + security route
  • park patrol reporting station
  • personnel/maintenance space
SECURITY AT PARK EDGES + INTERIOR
  • wide bands of vegetation + distance from active areas
  • all trails + perimeter path designed for emergency + security vehicles
  • park patrol reporting station to be determined in later phases
  • to be determined in later phases

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