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Southside Lions Park's features an observation deck

24 Nov 2019

Southside Lions Park, a 600-acre tract that was purchased by the City of San Antonio from the George W. Brackenridge estate in 1944 and 1964, provides multiple entities for swimming, tennis, fitness, fishing, running, and cycling. For the cyclists, the park provides an observation deck in the western sector of the park that raises above the terrain at 700 feet (213.36 m).

Observation deck at Southside Lions Park provides commanding view of southeast SA
Observation deck provides view of southwest SA—Photo: SRR

It provides a commanding view of the area located southeast of the park. In the distance lies the Victor Braunig Lake coal plant that is owned and operated by City Public Service.

The park serves as the current start of the Salado Creek Greenway South that runs through Comache Park, Martin Luther King Park, and Pletz County Park and ends at the Jack White Trailhead, located near Splashtown on I-35. The trailhead at 3803 Seguin Road was named in honor of San Antonio Mayor Arthur Cleveland "Jack" White who served two terms in 1949 and 1951. The venue was his private residence, a contemporary home built during the 1950s that overlooked an in-ground swimming pool that had fallen into ruins. The house now houses a police station.

Plans call for connecting Salado South to Salado North. This will require moving a fence along the boundary of Fort Sam Houston that will allow space for a trail. So far, there has been no direction taken as the city park's department must negotiate an agreement with U.S. Army officials. Once completed, the Salado Creek trail will end at Eisenhower Park that is located on the city's northwest side.

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