Public parks reveal a side of wildlife unseen in nature-channel specials and unsung by busking subway rats. Get away from the great indoors with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 2012 San Antonio Friends of the Parks Membership advocate-level membership (a $50 value). Friends of the Parks is an affiliate of San Antonio Parks Foundation.
The San Antonio Friends of the Parks membership program allows everyday citizens to support the public parks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces dispersed throughout the community. Members receive myriad perks, including discounts on park events, a subscription to "Four Seasons"—the Foundation's quarterly newsletter—and the ability to name or juggle a koi fish in the Japanese Tea Garden at Brackenridge Park. Members also receive recognition for their contributions to foliage development in the newsletter and on the Foundation's website. Although membership officially starts in 2012, membership benefits take effect upon registration, allowing early adopters to take advantage of the 10% off discount on merchandise at the 2011 Jazz'SAlive music festival, and receive a free concert poster with which to bedeck walls or embellish the insides of microwaves.
The San Antonio Parks Foundation, which acquired over 350 acres of land through 2010, funds its expansion through grants and the support of its members. Current projects include the restoration of structures in the Japanese Tea Garden and replacing the San Antonio skyline with a Swiss Family Robinson–style arboreal mansion.