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Salado north-south connection delayed as negotiations with Army continue

03 Jul 2021

The City of San Antonio's Parks and Recreation and JBSA San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston continue their negotiations regarding the routing of the greenway trail through the military installation that will serve as a connector of the Salado-north and Salado-south greenway trails. Brandon Ross, Special Projects Manager, said, "I’m hoping to begin construction on this project no later than 2023, possibly 2022, depending on the resolution/relocation of horse paddocks." The project had been stalled due to the city and Army officials not reaching an agreement. It will require moving a fence that will run between the Fort Sam Houston Equestrian Center stables and the Union Pacific railroad track and tearing down 26 small stables that are situated on the other side of the fence and replacing them with something else.

The greenway is approximately 10 feet (3 m) wide and the DoD calls for a 20-foot (6-meter) easement which means that the fence must be moved 30 feet (9 m). Engineering plans have been completed in late 2017. They had hoped to begin construction during spring 2018.

Once the connection is completed, it will make the Salado Creek Greenway the longest-running trail on the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System, a distance of 31 miles (50 km), running between Eisenhower Park and South Side Lions Park.

Fort Sam Houston fence that will require moving for trail
Fort Sam Houston fence that will require moving for trail—Photo: SRR

The new trail will cross over Binz-Engleman Road and continue along the tracks to a trestle. From the trestle, the trail will be routed to the Salado South Greenway at its Jack White Park trailhead, located at 3781 Seguin Rd.

Connector Map
Connector Map—Map: USGS

Recent activities at Wilshire Terrace Park

Recently, a bridge and trailhead were constructed at Wilshire Terrace Park on Grantham Drive, a residential street located across Rittiman Road from John James Park. There are no connectors from Wilshire Terrace to John James such as a path going under the Rittiman bridge. According to Ross, a separate bridge will go in south of Rittiman and connect Salado-North directly to the park when work begins on the north-south connector.

New winding trail leads cyclist from Grantham Drive to Salado Creek Greenway
New winding trail leads cyclists and walkers from Grantham Drive to Salado Creek Greenway—Photo: SRR

New, wide bridge under construction to connect Salado Greenway to Grantham Drive
New, wide bridge under construction to connect Salado Greenway to Grantham Drive—Photo: SRR

Original issue by SRR News Services—2018-05-12, 2020-03-11, 2021-05-04

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