Restoring Texas’ San Antonio River Now 2 Miles Closer

Saturday, July 16 2011 21:35   Western Travel Buzz
Restoring the San Antonio River's ecosystem is two miles closer to its 2013 completion date following ceremonies held near Mission Concepcion on June 25, 2011 opening the initial two phases.

The project, a nearly $246 million river ecosystems restoration effort, is designed to restore the riparian habitat of the San Antonio River, reconnect the historic Spanish missions of the city to the river, and add over nine miles of hiking and biking trails that will connect the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River to the famed Riverwalk of downtown San Antonio.

saan_acequiaSecretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was on hand to help the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the San Antonio River Authority, and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park open the first miles of the eight-mile-long Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Improvement Project.

In his congratulatory remarks, Secretary Salazar announced he would be supporting San Antonio's efforts to nominate the historic Spanish missions of San Antonio as a World Heritage Site.

"I'm ready to sign off today," Salazar told a crowd of several hundred residents and local dignitaries at the grand opening as hundreds more walked, biked, and strolled the newly restored section of the San Antonio River. "San Antonio deserves this recognition because you have set an example for the nation and the world."

In addition to the four missions comprising San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Antonio's other Spanish mission, Mission San Antonio de Valero, known popularly as the "Alamo," is also part of the World Heritage nomination.

The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River encompasses the entirety of San Antonio Missions NHP between Mission Concepción to the north and Mission Espada to the south.

The Mission Reach will link directly to San Antonio's famed Riverwalk and previous restoration efforts north of downtown San Antonio. When completed, San Antonio Missions NHP will be part of a 2,200-acre urban park connecting city, county, state and federal parklands into one cohesive park connected by hike and bike trails and the San Antonio River.

The $245.7 million Mission Reach project is funded by Bexar County ($176.6 million), the City of San Antonio ($6.5 million); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ($51.9 million) and through private donations collected by the San Antonio River Foundation ($4.7 million).

The San Antonio River Authority is managing construction on the project.

Follow the project's progress by visiting the Web site at .


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