Development Plans

Phil Hardberger Park is devoted to developing our 330-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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Development Plans Accomplished


2017

Land Bridge

May 2017 – The citizens of San Antonio passed a bond package including $13 million for the construction of the Land Bridge over Wurzbach Pkwy.

Butterfly Learning Center

April 2017 – The Alamo Area Texas Master Naturalist celebrated the opening of the Butterfly Learning Center and Hatch House at the Historic Homestead.

2016

Children's Vegetable Garden

February 2016 – The Children’s Vegetable Garden was established. The program is a cooperative project of the Bexar County Master Gardeners, Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, and San Antonio Parks and Recreation.

Hardberger Park grew to 330 Acres

October 2016 – The Park grew to 330 acres, thanks to a donation of 16 acres from Walmart.

New Dog Park Parking Lot

May 2016 – Dog Park parking lot in PHP East opened.

Trail Opening and Improvements

May 2016 – A new trail and an extension of Siteline C opened in PHP West. Other west side trails were improved to make them ADA accessible.

2015

Bird Water Feature

November 2015 – Bird Water Feature and Viewing Area were designed and built by volunteers from Alamo Area Master Naturalist and the Audubon Society.

2014

1800's Stone House Rehabilitated

November 2014 – Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy funded the rehabilitation of the stone house. The Conservancy office is housed there.

2013

Salado Creek Greenway Parking Lot Completed

November 2013 – Salado Creek Greenway Trailhead Parking Lot completed

PHP 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.

Savanna Restoration

September 2013 – Five more acres were seeded with native grasses and wildflowers

Savannah Loop Trail Opened

September 2013 – Savanna Loop Trail opened.

Dairy Barn Restoration

May 2013 – The restoration of the barn was funded through the Voelcker Trust and money raised by members of the Associated General Contractors’ Construction Leadership Forum (CLF), who also donated their time and expertise to the restoration.

2012

Butterfly Meadow Created

October 2012 – The Butterfly Meadow at the Savanna was created with help from NuStar Energy volunteers.

Savanna Restoration

October 2012 – 5 more acres were planted with native grass.

Butterfly Garden

April 2012 – Butterfly Garden was constructed near the Salado building with volunteer help from ECC.

Land Donation

January 2012 – Two acres of land were donated to the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy for a dog park parking lot in PHP East.

2011

Opening of Salado Creek Classroom

December 2011 – The Salado Creek outdoor classroom opened up to the public. The classroom is used for events and education.

Grand Opening of PHP West

May 2011 – The grand opening of Phil Hardberger Park West.

2010

Grand Opening of PHP East

May 2010 – The grand opening of Phil Hardberger Park East.

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.

Savanna Restoration

September 2009 – Three acres were planted with 50,000 plugs of native grass and perennial wildflowers species by more than 400 community volunteers as part of National Public Lands Day.

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.

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