Museum Reach

Museum Reach – Urban Segment

San Antonio's world-renowned River Walk, a top tourist destination in the state of Texas, doubled in length on May 30, 2009 with the opening of the Museum Reach – Urban Segment. The Museum Reach – Urban Segment, from Lexington Avenue to Josephine Street, includes a lock and dam near Brooklyn Avenue, hike and bike trails, landscaping, overlooks, boat landings, stairs, accessible ramps, lighting, directional and interpretive signage, water features, benches, trash cans and pocket parks. The 1.3 mile stretch of new walkways, landscaping, parks and public art along the meandering San Antonio River links several downtown historic, commercial and cultural institutions, including the San Antonio Museum of Art, Pearl (a restored former brewery and stables) and VFW Post 76, which is the oldest VFW Post in Texas.

The $72 million investment marks another milestone of the San Antonio River Improvements Project (SARIP), a partnership that began in 1998 between the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio River Foundation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the San Antonio River Oversight Committee to improve 13-miles of the river both north and south of downtown San Antonio. When added to the original River Walk, the completed project will create a linear park through the heart of the city that is over 15 miles in length and is associated with over 2,000 acres of public park land.

The Museum Reach – Urban Segment was funded by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County; enhancements to the project, such as public art, were funded by private donations raised by the San Antonio River Foundation. The San Antonio River Authority served as project manager and is now responsible for the ongoing operations and maintenance of the project. The lead design firm was Ford, Powell & Carson (FPC) and HDR Engineering was the lead engineering firm. Zachry Construction Corporation was the contractor for the Museum Reach – Urban Segment.

Please contact Matthew Driffill at 210-302-3222 or at mdriffill@sara-tx.org if you are interested in learning how to hold an event along the Museum Reach or Mission Reach.

Museum Reach – Park Segment

The $13.1 million Museum Reach – Park Segment portion of the San Antonio River Improvements Project runs approximately 2.25 miles from Josephine Street to Hildebrand Avenue, which is near the San Antonio River headwaters. When completed, the Museum Reach – Park Segment will connect downtown San Antonio to the Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio Zoo with enhanced hike and bike trails, landscaping, directional and interpretive signage, benches and trash cans. Additionally, a constructed wetlands and enhancements to the Acequia Madre will be implemented near the Witte Museum and there will be two new pedestrian bridges crossing the river in Brackenridge Park.

Phase I of the Museum Reach – Park Segment, from Josephine Street along Avenue B up to Mulberry Avenue, is open. The design for Phase II, from Mulberry Avenue to Hildebrand Avenue, is completed. Phase II also includes some additional trail enhancements along Avenue A and Avenue B. Construction of Phase II will begin by the 3rd quarter of 2014 and the entire Museum Reach – Park Segment will be completed by spring 2015.

The Museum Reach – Park Segment is funded by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. The San Antonio River Authority serves as project manager and is now responsible for the ongoing operations and maintenance of Phase I. The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of Phase II through Brackenridge Park when it is completed. The lead design firm is Ford, Powell & Carson (FPC). Zachry Construction Corporation was the contractor for Phase I of the Museum Reach – Park Segment; a contractor for Phase II of the project will be selected in summer 2014 to complete the project.

Lock and Dam Operation Video

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Construction Progress Photos Map

(construction completed May 2009)

Lexington Avenue
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Lexington Avenue
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McCullough Avenue
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McCullough Avenue
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Brooklyn Avenue
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Brooklyn Avenue
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8th Avenue
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8th Avenue
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9th Avenue
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VFW
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9th Avenue
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VFW
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Jones Avenue
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Jones Avenue
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12th Street & Avenue A
Roy Smith Avenue
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Roy Smith Avenue
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Camden Avenue
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Camden Avenue
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Newell Street
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Newell Street
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Quincy&Schiller Street
Myrtle Street
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Myrtle Street
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Grayson Street
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Grayson Street
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Josephine Street
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Josephine Street
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1870’s Dam
Progress Photos Map