San Pedro Springs Park, San Antonio

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San Pedro Springs Park is located in the Bexar County city of San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. Surrounding the source of the springs, the 46-acre park is the oldest in the state of Texas. It is the location of a Payaya Indian village known as Yanaguana, and is the original site of the city of San Antonio. The park is alternately known as San Pedro Park. The park was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1965. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Bexar County, Texas on November 1, 1979. It is the second oldest city park in the united states after Boston commonHistory, first European contact, founding of San AntonioArchaeological findings have uncovered evidence that human presence in the area dates back 12,000 years. The earliest recorded inhabitants of the springs were the Payaya Indians, who referred to their village as Yanaguana. Spanish Franciscian priest Damián Massanet led the first European contact with the area, a military expedition in 1691. In 1709, Spanish Franciscan missionary Isidro de Espinosa and a retinue of Spanish soldiers traveled to the area. In his diary, Espinoza described the springs in detail and noted they had named it Agua de San Pedro (Waters of Saint Peter). Martín de Alarcón founded the city of San Antonio by establishing San Antonio de Valero and Presidio San Antonio de Bexar at the Springs in 1718. He built an acequia (irrigation canal) in 1719. The springs and surrounding area were designated as public land by King Philip V of Spain in 1729. When the Canary Islanders began arriving in 1731, they first camped in this area.
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  • A great break in the hectic city many green spaces and great trees and water surface parking and bus links available
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  • It was lovely to stroll around as the sun rose up, around the public pool and along the paths. Squirrels climbing on trees  more »
  • When you live somewhere for 30+ years it's hard to imagine you really haven't heard of all the really good places to visit. Yet, that's what happened to me with regard to San Pedro Springs Park and po...  more »
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  • Amazing place. Lots of beautiful trees, shady spots and a gorgeous swimming pool. Watch out for the Park Rangers, though. They zoom through the park in the grass and on the sidewalks in their patrol cars like it's their own little raceway and can be somewhat over zealous.
  • Pretty nice park. They have a grill and a play ground for the kids! Also a pool and a skatepark. Pet friendly, good for walks and jogs and some biking.
  • Always love coming here to swim during summer. It's super large and even at its busiest I still find a good space to swim.
  • Lots of natural qualities. Crawfish, fish, turtles, frogs, and birds to observe. Plenty of grass and walking trails. There's even a skate park. The natural spring is a bonus.
  • Across from SAC it's a pretty quiet area where you can take a stroll into the local library located on the park, check out a great book and enjoy reading in the sun. 😄

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