San Antonio's Famous River Walk Keeps Growing
The city’s famous River Walk offers the chance to ride in an open, barge-style boat through downtown. The existing Paseo del Rio already provides blocks of walkways that wind under bridges and through downtown, connecting bars, shops and restaurants with tourism magnets like the Alamo.
A similar change is planned for the Mission Reach, which, at eight miles, will be twice the length of the northern expansion and will restore the ecosystem and provide hiking and biking access along the San Antonio River to near Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano and Espada.
Planners expect the extension to attract corporate headquarters, retail development and recreation such as bicycling and canoeing.
The Mission Reach project will bring the river back from a straight drainage channel to a natural, meandering course lined with cobblestones.
The result should help restore habitat for Guadalupe bass, blue gill and other native species and reintroduce native trees, grass and plants along the river’s bank, including Texas bluebonnets, buttonbush shrubs, and pecan and wild olive trees that will feed wildlife.
“The San Antonio River Improvements Project has as its goal a 13-mile, linear park that runs through the heart of the city,” says Steven Schauer, manager of external communications for the San Antonio River Authority. “We’re taking the River Walk downtown as the core, and extending north and south from there.”
For more information on the project, visit www.sanantonioriver.org.