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Community event to offer insight into plant, animal life at Voelcker Park

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Field scientists who have spent the last several months unlocking the secret lives of plants and animals living on the 311-acre Voelcker Park property will share what they have learned with citizens at a community event slated for 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the park, 12000 Northwest Military Highway.

Participants are invited to visit stations within the park featuring information on geology, hydrology, flora and wildlife gathered by a team of local and national experts working with the park master plan consultants Stephen Stimson Associates and D.I.R.T. Studio.

Children are invited to learn more about rocks, water, plants and animals at the kid-friendly stations. “We’re already beginning to see opportunities to learn from this oasis of plant and animal life in the middle of an urban area,” says Mayor Phil Hardberger, “and we want to be able to share what we’re learning with citizens who will be the future users of this park. This is an exciting step along the way to making this park a place to enjoy nature.”

Southwest Research Institute (Hydrology), Bluestem Environmental Consultants (Wildlife Biology), SWCA Environmental Consultants (Botanical Consulting and Archaeology) and Raba Kistner (Geology) scientists will staff the stations, along with the Parks and Recreation Natural Areas staff members who will offer children’s nature activities.

The survey findings are expected to assist in master planning appropriate placement and types of recreational amenities on the property.

The park, previously owned by Max and Minnie Voelcker, who operated a dairy farm there, is located on either side of Wurzbach Parkway between Military Highway and Blanco Road. The entrance for the community event is just south of the Jewish Community Center.

Stimson Associates and D.I.R.T. Studios were selected to design the park in July following a national juried design competition headed by Mayor Hardberger.

For more information, call 207-2879.