Planning is Underway for Southeast San Antonio’s First Arboretum on 188-acres

Arboretums, often called living museums, are unique spaces that showcase the beauty and diversity of nature and provide invaluable educational and recreational opportunities. San Antonio, a city known for its cultural richness and natural splendor, is embarking on a transformative journey with the development of Arboretum San Antonio. This project, set to become a cornerstone of green space in South Texas, will offer a unique blend of nature, culture, and education.

Arboretum San Antonio, led by the visionary Henry G. Cisneros and supported by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Peter Sakai, has selected the esteemed master planning firm Sasaki to shape this ambitious project. With a robust team of local experts, the 12-month planning process is not just a top-down approach but a collaborative effort that promises to engage the community and create a sanctuary that reflects the essence of San Antonio’s heritage and ecological diversity.

Arboretum San Antonio is more than just a botanical garden. It is a testament to the city’s commitment to preserving green spaces, fostering environmental stewardship, and enriching the lives of its residents and visitors. CEO Tom Corser emphasizes the educational and research aspects of the arboretum, envisioning it as a place where children can learn about nature firsthand and where scientific inquiry flourishes, thereby contributing to the community’s knowledge and understanding of the environment.

Sasaki Principal Anna Cawrse echoes this sentiment, highlighting the opportunity to design a sustainable and inclusive space that celebrates San Antonio’s unique landscapes. Arboretum San Antonio, often called a “cathedral of trees,” will serve as a nexus for community engagement, environmental awareness, and cultural celebration.

Situated on the scenic Salado Creek, the 188-acre Arboretum San Antonio site holds immense promise. Its mature trees, recycled water infrastructure, and proximity to hiking and bike trails make it an ideal canvas for showcasing South Texas’ natural wonders. Moreover, the site’s historical significance, including Indigenous seasonal camping grounds and ties to local water systems, adds cultural richness to the project.

Arboretum San Antonio’s mission aligns with broader sustainability and urban connectivity goals. By integrating with the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System and offering free access to all, the arboretum becomes not just a destination but a vital part of San Antonio’s recreational and ecological network.

Arboretum San Antonio invites the community to participate actively as the planning unfolds, offering input and vision for this transformative endeavor. Follow their journey on social media and stay engaged in shaping the future of San Antonio’s green legacy.