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.
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.
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.
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. A Land Bridge is under construction to connect the two sides. It will be complete in 2020.
The Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park will be 150 feet wide, broad enough for animals and people to safely cross, as described in the park's master plan. It will cost $23 million. More than just a way to cross from one side to the other, the Land Bridge will be a continuation of the natural beauty of the park. People crossing it will have the experience of climbing over a hill, unaware of the traffic below.
Features of the Land Bridge
- • One-of-a-kind SkyWalk, an elevated walkway that gently climbs through the tree tops to the top of the bridge.
- • ADA trail, making the bridge accessible to everyone.
- • Best practices of Low Impact Development, creating opportunities for education on conservation, wildlife and the Texas Landscape.
- • Unique design for people AND animals, the only bridge in the world to serve both.
The Conservancy commissioned the design of this iconic Land Bridge in 2014 and raised $10 million for the project. The City of San Antonio 2017 Bond includes funding for the remaining $13 million.
You can help build the Land Bridge
- • Join the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy. A strong membership demonstrates to city leaders that our community cares about green spaces and is ready to invest in our parks.
- • Make a donation. Your gift to the Conservancy will put us closer to uniting the park, making the entire park accessible to visitors and eliminating the tragic loss of wildlife that tries to cross the parkway.