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We are not yet open to the public and are currently engaged in a year-long master planning and community input process through mid-2025 to design and develop a plan for Arboretum San Antonio that reflects our city's unique history and diverse heritage.

Our Journey

In 2021, our Founder, Henry Cisneros, wrote an Op-Ed in the San Antonio Report making the case for an Arboretum on the South Side of San Antonio. As Henry describes it, “An arboretum is a special category of park featuring the trees that grow in a region. Trees are spaced along paths or encircle open meadows in ways that invite admiration, study, and repose”. One year later, we assembled a highly engaged board of directors and an informed set of subject matter expert advisors to guide our vision of a world-class Arboretum for San Antonio.  


In the fall of 2023, we embarked on a meticulous master planning firm selection process. We issued a Request for Qualification, followed by a Request for Proposal. After careful consideration of 18 highly qualified proposals, the Arboretum San Antonio Board of Directors chose Sasaki as our partner firm, along with a robust local team of consultants.


Together, we will embark on a one-year master planning process, engaging our community in envisioning and building an arboretum that truly reflects San Antonio and South Texas' rich and diverse heritage and culture. 

Watch our 2023 Launch Video

Arboretum San Antonio Introduction
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Our Trees:

A living heritage

branching generations.


 Establish a special place

to celebrate our heritage

through native trees.


Nature   |   Heritage

Discovery   |   Community



Luisa Casso, Trinity University

Mark Bird, COSA Arborist

Dr. Kelly Lyons, Prof Trinity University

Dr. Rodolfo Barillas, Prof TAMU-SA

Tom Carter, SVP Pape-Dawson

Mike Frisbie, SVP RABA-Kistner

Alex Gonzalez, RLA, MPStudio

Brandon Logan, Founder & CEO, Urban Capital Partners

Peter Pierson, Sr Natural Resource Mgt Specialist, SARA

Carla De La Chapa, Sr Mgr Climate & Sustainability, CPS Energy

Karen Guz, Vice President, Water Conservation, SAWS

Julia Murphy, Deputy Director, COSA Sustainability Office

Francine Romero, UTSA Professor & CPS Energy Trustee

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