Located in the Bexar County city of San Antonio, San Pedro Springs Park is the oldest in the state of Texas. Alternately known as San Pedro Park, it was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1965. In 1979, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Bexar County. It has often stated as the second oldest city park in the United States.
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The city Council J.J. Duerter made big changes that included the creation of five fish ponds, as well as the plantation of a flower garden and the construction of a speakers' stand. He also built a race track on the site of today’s baseball field and opened a small zoo. When he died in 1874, his son-in-law was unable to maintain the park to the City’s satisfaction. It was leased to Frederick Kerbel from 1883 until 1890 when the City assumed its management. Kerbel improved the park by installing fencing, planting trees, and maintaining the lake, ponds, and springs. In 1885, Gustave Jermy (a Hungarian naturalist) opened the Museum of Natural History.
The park has gone through different renovations that include new facilities like a gazebo, swimming pool, a playground, softball and tennis areas, a skate plaza, the San Pedro Library and the San Pedro Playhouse. Overall, it is a great place to connect with nature and spend time with family and friends. It is the perfect excuse to enjoy the outdoors and even go for a walk!
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