Confluence park promises to be environmental and educational marvel


SAN ANTONIO---Confluence Park on the Southside is now less than two months from opening to the public. Still under construction it's already eye catching and It's ecological impact will be felt for years to come.

Confluence Park brings together a lot of different ideas, about ecology, about our environment, about education.

Ten years in the making the park sits near where the San Antonio River and the San Pedro Creek converge.

"The park is a huge organic teaching machine that is teaching ecological processes and water shed concepts and environmental stewardship.”

San Antonio River Foundation Executive Director Robert Amerman says the park is a 10.7 million dollar investment.

"We are the private fund raising entity. So we have raised the money for the land and for the facility and driven the design process and so then we turn the park over to the San Antonio River Authority for their environmental education programming," says Amerman

It's literally a place where art meets science! Every building, pavilion, hill, valley and plant is there by design. Like for instance the Atlantis Chamber.

"Underneath here 20 feet down are 12 thousand milk crates just stacked up, above that we put a cloth layer and above that a sand layer, then the top soil and then the native grass on top," explains Frates Seeligson, Director of Confluence Park.

The water flows into the chamber from the rain runoff and the catchments, those pedal shaped pavilion roofs.

"So each one is designs to be a major rain water harvesting piece and as you can see they all come down to a grate system which then carried the water over to the abatement and the Atlantis Chamber,” says Seeligson.

And like rain barrels it will be stored and then used to supply all the water to the park. Even the plants and trees chosen provide a teaching opportunity.

"To show true native habitat and to show the beauty of it and the ease of maintenance. These will live and thrive on their own with the water that we catch," exclaims Seeligson.

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