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Greenway trail funding may be on the line with city council

16 Nov 2021

It was a cool November night—16 Nov 2021. It was a nice night for approximately 80 cyclists to pedal to a city-held bond proposal hearing. $110 million has been proposed for the greenway trails; however, the city council may be looking at diverting some of the funds from the greenway trails to other projects such as flood control.

Representatives from various entities presented their case for funding. The city issued a "staff recommendations" table as follows:

Agency Project Name Council District Total Request
ActivateSALinear TrailsCitywide$26,824,204
Brackenridge Park ConservancyBrackenridge Park
Sunken Gardens Theater
Citywide
Citywide
$2,500,000
$10,000,000
Botanical Garden SocietySan Antonio Botanical GardenCitywide$2,500,000
SA Zoological SocietySan Antonio ZooCitywide$10,000,000
Hemisfair ParkCivic Park – Phase 2Regional$18,000,000
University of Texas at San AntonioBasketball & Volleyball Practice FacilityRegional$10,000,000
Palo Alto CollegeDistrict 4 Multigenerational Facility at Palo Alto CollegeDistrict 4$10,000,000
SA Medical Center AllianceNew Medical Center Area ParkDistrict 8$3,250,000
Boys & Girls Club of San AntonioEastside Branch
Calderon Branch
District 2
District 5
$3,750,000
$3,750,000
Source—City of San Antonio | 2022 Bond Program

In spite of the grandeur of the Mission Reach and Medina River trails, a handful of south side residents complained that their part of town had not received their fair share of recreational facilities including trails as compared to the affluent sectors of the city. Otherwise, it was an assortment of pleas including one that calls for protecting the birds and other wildlife.

One cyclist stated that the greenway trails help fight against ailments such as diabetes, mental issues, obesity, and other health issues. The trails also serve as a safe alternative to streets.

Maps from Parks and Recreation

Homer Garcia III, the director of Parks and Recreation, rolled out a map that depicts new trail development that would be dependent on the 2022 Bond.

Map shows 155 miles (240 km) planned for the greenway trails—Map: San Antonio Parks and Recreation
Map shows 155 miles (240 km) planned for the greenway trails—Map: San Antonio Parks and Recreation

The map reflects points of interest including the extension of the Salado Creen Greenway all the way past I-410 for a direct connection to the Mission San Francisco De La Espada Catholic Church, a point where the Mission Reach and Medina River trails meet. The other development that stood out is the extension of Leon Creek via the Port San Antonio, the former Kelly AFB, as a way of continuing this greenway to Medina River. Leon Creek itself flows through Joint-base San Antonio Lackland AFB, which is off limits to any public trails.

As the map shows, these connections will put a ring around the city.

What's on the wishlist?

This is dependent on the outcome of funding decisions:

City's Timeline

—SRR Features

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