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. Although it is often stated that it is the second oldest city park in the United States after Boston Common, it is at most the tenth oldest after Plaza de la Constitución in San Augustine, Florida among others.
Archaeological 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 people, 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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Robert Colorsmith | Jun 21, 2018
Great place to hang out all day. Pool, BBQ pits, tables, springs. Close to everything. Lots of history here. Homeless tend to hang out here but don't let that stop you. There are some very nice people here if you are an outgoing person who isn't intimidated.
Eileen Carroll | Jul 10, 2018
Park is going thru some changes, they are fixing up the springs. It has some older trees that have been there for 100+ years that are wonderful, Pool in summer, mini skate park. A piece of peace near the heart of downtown S.A.
Jae Jackson | Jun 1, 2018
The park was beautiful. I would have given 5 stars, but the pool was closed and we were unable to reach anyone to find out when it will be open for the summer. Contact services needs to be improved. We called for an entire week and got no answer. This is unacceptable.
chris rhoades | Jun 29, 2018
The pool by its self is nice, located so close to downtown, perfect place for people with kids and the older people in the Cental area to get some relief during the day. The problem? The city keeps this thing open 2 months out of the year, that’s a joke for the 7th largest city in the USA. Also, the hours are from 2-8, really? It’s hot here starting in the morning. It’s 100 degrees here for at least 4-5 months out of the year and swimming weather at least 6. It is as if the city wants to keep us from being active in the summer time. Also 20 minute swim breaks, that’s longer than anywhere I have ever seen. What a bummer for such a great place.
Al Cole | Apr 12, 2018
Pretty nice park. However, the pool is REALLY disgusting. Other than that, overall maintenance is very well done. The grass is cut, the walkways are clean and little to no trash. Good bit of biodiversity if you're doing School field trips and the rock formations at the various Springs are really cool.
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