You may consider the San Antonio River one of the many treasures of our region.
At TPR, we certainly do, and have partnered with the San Antonio River Authority to help restore a 3.4 acre site along the river with native, wildlife-friendly and sustainable trees, grasses, wildflowers and shrubs. [See map below]
When completed, the site will feature a beautiful faux bois palapa, begun by Maximo Cortes and completed by local artist Carlos Cortes, whose techniques replicate the beauty of wood with concrete. This covered bench will mark the entry into the natural area, and is given as a gift from the Cortes family to the citizens of San Antonio.
When you make a pledge as a Sustaining Member, you can play a symbolic role, helping us to complete this project along the Mission Reach, and you'll be invited to the dedication of the "TPaRbor" in the spring.
- Become a sustaining member by pledging an ongoing gift of $60.83 each month with an EFT or a credit card. This will result in the planting of a tree in the TPaRbor.
- Become a sustaining member by pledging an ongoing gift of $30.42 each month with an EFT or a credit card. This will result in the planting of a shrub in the TPaRbor.
- Become a sustaining member by pledging an ongoing gift of $10 each month with an EFT or a credit card. This will result in the planting of a dozen wildflowers in the TPaRbor.
Sing up to become a sustaining member now, and be sure to put the word "ARBOR" in the comment section of your web form so we can ensure your sustaining membership goes toward the TPR Arbor.
Your gift says that sustaining both the future of public radio and the beauty of the Mission Reach is important to you.
About Carlos Cortes:
Carlos Cortes is a third generation "faux bois" concrete artisan carrying on a family tradition that has its Texas roots in San Antonio, circa 1924. Carlos' great-uncle Dionisio Rodriguez brought this European form of sculpting to the U.S. from Mexico City and taught it to Carlos' father, Maximo Cortes. Carlos designs and builds unique "faux bois" concrete sculptures that fit the smaller garden setting or larger public art installations for the urban landscape. You have certainly seen this work around town—the bus stop on Broadway at Patterson, the Witte Museum HEB Science Tree house, and his most recent work, the Riverwalk Extension’s River Grotto.