For thousands of years, Cathedral Park has been a place of refuge and renewal. Situated in the lower Olmos Basin, the property is home to several springs, now mostly dry, that once contributed to the head waters of the San Antonio River. The abundantly-flowing Olmos Creek at the property’s western edge attracted Native Americans who fished in the creek, hunted bison and deer, and ate fruit and nuts from plants and trees.
Today, about 10 acres of Cathedral Park are developed with meandering trails, flowing fountains, and benches placed for sitting and relaxing.
The property is the former grand estate of San Antonio businessman G. A. C. Halff, who died in 1950. It is now owned by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, which has its headquarters there. Mr. Halff’s home, built in 1926, is still in use; in a small chapel which was once the home’s living room, services continue to be held regularly.
Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the quiet serenity of Cathedral Park, to rest in nature and listen to God’s creation speak through calling birds and whispering trees, subtle breezes and bubbling fountains. An elevated pavilion rests in the tree tops close to a spring that still flows when rains are heavy.
The property gates are open generally from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. After hours, the Park is accessible by rock steps to the left of the entry gate.
Individuals and small groups are welcome at Cathedral Park. A self-guided Meditation Walk of downloadable audio files is available here. The eight-stop walk takes about 45 minutes.
In addition, various groups occasionally sponsor quiet days, brief retreats, creative workshops and other events on the property. Most are open to all. For a calendar of scheduled events, go here. To be on an email mail list for announcement of events, send an email to Marjorie George at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and its churches and people or for more information about Cathedral Park, call 210/888 824-5387 or go to www.dwtx.org.