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Pavilion and Circle of Friends (Grand Opening)

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Tree Lizard


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Trail Head for Warbler Way

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Chipping Sparrow

[Spizella passerina]

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Super Moon Over Madla Park

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Sunset on Amphitheater

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Fall in Madla Park.

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2018 Madla Natural Area March 24 Fundraiser

Organizers of the 2018 Madla Natural Area Spring Fundraiser are sending out an urgent S-O-S – that is, they want you to help Save Our Stars!   While many people realize how important Madla Park is as a natural recreation...

Madla Park

The Senator Frank L. Madla, Jr. Natural Area is named for the late senator whose family is a long time resident of the Scenic Loop area.  The natural area park is owned by the City of Grey Forest (City Website for Madla) that purchased 42 acres at the corner of Scenic Loop and Menchaca through a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife and conservation easement funds from the City of San Antonio.

The park overlooks the Madla farm where the late-Senator Madla was raised. The Park is designed with hiking and jogging trails that highlights the native Texas Hill Country environment and includes information stations throughout the park describing the fauna, flora, geology, history and cultural significance of the area. Additionally, active management of the wildlife habitat has been undertaken to preserve the wildlife located in the Natural Area for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The centerpiece of the Natural Area is a pavilion located at the trail head for the enjoyment of visitors to the park and will serve as a meeting sight for future educational programs.

Like the surrounding lands, this the park site has a rich history with structures that date to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The Park site was settled in 1852 by John Conrad Beckmann and his wife, Regina who both arrived in America in 1841. John was a wrought-iron craftsman by trade and had a homestead in San Antonio, Texas near the Alamo. The park site was purchased by John for his wife whom had grown homesick for her native lands of Switzerland. The property was purchased as a weekend retreat for Regina and would in time include a Swiss chalet style cabin. In 1853, the farm was the site of an Indian raid that would result in the deaths of the farm’s caretaker and his family.