Commission to Decide Fate of Heritage Trees in Brackenridge Park

Should the city cut down more than 100 heritage and significant trees along the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park?

That’s the question on the Feb. 16, 2022 agenda of the Historic and Design Review Commission. Members of the public can voice their concerns before the commission votes on the item.

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According to the agenda item, the trees on the chopping block include three heritage Live Oaks, two heritage Pecan trees, one heritage Bald Cypress tree and one heritage Crepe Myrtle located along the river banks of the Lambert Beach area,

Heritage trees and significant trees located at the top of the bank or along the River Walk are not allowed to be removed without approval from the Historic and Design Review Commission under the San Antonio tree preservation ordinance.

The information packet on the HDRC agenda says the trees need to be cut down in order to restore old stone buildings and walls in the area. 

But in an earlier article here ,Deceleration News co-editor Greg Harman posted video of Parks and Recreation Department assistant manager Bill Pennell telling the Planning Commission the trees should be cut down to discourage cattle egrets from nesting there.

Harman also recorded video interviews with several people who were upset that the city plans to cut down more than 100 trees, some of them very old, in Brackenridge Park. 

Here is the playlist of the recordings::

On Feb. 12, 2022, Harman recorded the site tour hosted by San Antonio Parks and Recreation and District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo. Here is the full video of the tour: