***TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE*** Due to construction at Pearl, the east bank of the River Walk along the Museum Reach hike and bike trail from the Pearl Park Amphitheater stage through Camden St. will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, March 3 until further notice. Heading south from Pearl, patrons can cross over the river at the turning basin footbridge near Grayson St. and continue south on the trail along the west bank of the river and cross back over the river at the Roy Smith St. pedestrian bridge. Conversely, those traveling north from downtown should cross over from the east bank at the Roy Smith St. pedestrian bridge and travel northward along the west bank trail until reaching the turning basin footbridge near Grayson St. Click here for a map reflecting the closure for your convenience.
San Antonio River flows from historic past into decade-long revitalization effort
The historic San Antonio River has long served as the heart of the city. Each year the world-renowned River Walk draws millions of visitors, yet miles of urban river with untapped potential lie beyond downtown and the famed Paseo del Rio. A comprehensive, multi-year project is underway to restore and enhance 13 miles of the San Antonio River both north and south of downtown.
The San Antonio River Improvements Project (SARIP) is a $358.3 million on-going investment by the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority (SARA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the San Antonio River Foundation in flood control, amenities, ecosystem restoration and recreational improvements along 13 miles of the San Antonio River from Hildebrand Avenue south to Loop 410 South. Throughout the project, SARA will provide project and technical management, as well as overall project coordination between the project partners. SARA will also conduct on-going operation and maintenance activities when the project is completed.
SARIP is comprised of four distinctive reaches: The Museum Reach, a four-mile segment of the river from Hildebrand Avenue south to Lexington Avenue; the Downtown Reach, a segment of the original River Walk from Lexington Avenue to Houston Street; the Eagleland, a one-mile segment from South Alamo to Lonestar Boulevard; and the Mission Reach, a eight-mile section of the river extending from Lonestar Boulevard south to Loop 410 South.
A concerted community effort to revitalize the river began in 1998 when Bexar County, the City of San Antonio and SARA created the San Antonio River Oversight Committee. The 22 civic and neighborhood leaders appointed to the committee were given the responsibility of overseeing the planning, design, project management, construction and funding necessary to complete the project. In addition, the committee was charged with providing an open public forum for citizen input into the project's development. The Oversight Committee meets monthly and is co-chaired by former mayor Lila Cockrell and architect Irby Hightower.
To view interactive maps with design plans for the Museum and Mission Reaches, click on the appropriate icon on the map to the left.