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New Park Master Plans

Trueheart Natural Setting

Read more below about each project and details for the master plans.

Current Projects

  1. Hendrick Arnold Park 
  2. Mann's Crossing Park
  3. Trueheart Ranch 

Master Plan Project information

HENDRICK ARNOLD NATURE PARK MASTER PLAN

BEXAR COUNTYBEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS

Nature Park Master Plan

2021 - Public Input, Master Plan, Graphics, and Cost Analysis

Completion Dates: Prop. 9/21 | Actual 9/21

Terra Design Group, Inc. was Prime Consultant

Project Manager: Marc Zak

Project Principal / Landscape Architect: Walter Heard

Project Owner’s Name and Name of Representative:

Owner - San Antonio River Authority

Owner’s Day-to-Day Representative - Kristen Hansen

MANN’S CROSSING BICYCLE PARK MASTER PLAN

BEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS

Nature Park Master Plan

2021 - Public Input, Master Plan, Graphics, and Cost Analysis

Completion Dates: Prop. 10/8 • Actual 10/8

Terra Design Group, Inc. was Prime Consultant

Project Manager: Marc Zak

Project Principal / Landscape Architect: Walter Heard

Project Owner’s Name and Name of Representative:

Owner - San Antonio River Authority

Owner’s Day-to-Day Representative - Kristen Hansen

TRUEHEART RANCH NATURE PARK MASTER PLAN

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Nature Park Master Plan

2021 - Public Input, Master Plan, Graphics, and Cost Analysis

Completion Dates: Prop. 6/22

Terra Design Group, Inc. was Prime Consultant

Project Manager: Marc Zak

Project Principal / Landscape Architect: Walter Heard

Project Owner’s Name and Name of Representative:

Owner - San Antonio River Authority

Owner’s Day-to-Day Representative - Kristen Hansen

 

Hendrick Arnold Master Plan Feb 2022
Hendrick Arnold Park
Master Plan

Hendrick Arnold Nature Park contains 74 acres of riparian woodland that fronts on the Medina River. The site, with the exception of the creek bank, was extensively mined for gravel. The mining ended in 1940 allowing riparian growth to cover the site creating one of the few remaining woodland creeks properties in Bexar County. The San Antonio River Authority purchased the property with plans to develop it as a nature interpretive and educational park.  This master planning effort is the first step toward a comprehensive long-range visioning process to identify areas for preservation and interpretation while preserving as much of the site as possible.

Four alternative concepts were developed utilizing a workshop process to establish priorities, develop concepts, and build consensus. These plans were presented at a public meeting and ranking was developed for features to be included in the master plan and also to set priorities for the development of these features. The park should have a number of management zones including a river / riparian zone, a forest and wildlife zone and an activity zone.  Within each of these zones, different maintenance, management, and improvement guidelines and levels were recommended.

From this process ideas from all four master plan concepts were brought together as the preferred Hendrick Arnold Nature Park Master Plan which included the following elements:

Park main gateway

Internal roadway and parking

Group camping

Trail heads with restrooms

Picnic areas

Multipurpose trail

Nature Playground

Equestrian trail

Interpretation

Interpretive trail

Outdoor classroom

Scenic overlooks

Equestrian staging facility

Bird watching stations

RV parking River boating access points

 

Hendrick Arnold Master Plan Feb 2022
Hendrick Arnold Park Observation Tower Final concept
Bird blind elevation architectural drawing.
Manns Crossing Master Plan Feb 2022
Mann's Crossing Park
Master Plan

Manns Crossing Park contains 88 total acres, 31 acres of nonoperational mining and 57 acres riparian woodland that fronts on the Medina River. The park site was the location of the Ron Pucek’s Living Waters Catfish Farm that was closed in 2000 when the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) purchased the property. In 2013 the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) acquired the property with plans to develop it as a recreational and educational park. 

The planning process began with identifying and meeting with stakeholders that currently use the park and access the river. The Southeast Independent School District was also included in these conversation because of the location of their administrative and school campus adjacent to the north side of the park. These groups helped identify the various recreational and educational opportunities the development of the park could provide.  Three alternative plans were developed utilizing a workshop process to establish priorities, refi ne concepts, and build consensus. From this process ideas for the three master plan concepts were brought together as the preferred Mann’s Crossing Park Master Plan. The following is a list of the preferred facilities that are included in the park plan.

Park main gateway

Internal roadway and parking

Two wilderness campgrounds

Trail heads with restrooms

Nature themed playground

Multipurpose pedestrian trail

Bird watching stations

Trail connection to school

Picnic areas

Off-road bike trail

Historic interpretation

Skill development bike trail

Outdoor classroom

Scenic overlooks

River fishing access points

River boating access points

 

Manns Crossing Master Plan Feb 2022
Manns Crossing Gateway architectural drawing.
Mann's Crossing Shelter depicts restroom area and signage.
Mile marker architectural drawing depicting running man and bicyclist along the trail.
Mann's Crossing Park Wayfinding tool shows several people observing signage at park.
Trueheart Ranch Master Plan Feb 2022
Trueheart Ranch
Master Plan

Trueheart Ranch Nature Park contains 351 acres pecan orchards, livestock grazing and riparian woodland that fronts on the San Antonio River. The property was purchased by James and Petra Trueheart and developed in 1848 for agricultural and irrigation purposes.  The Trueheart’s constructed a two-story house of rock and stucco to and they referred to it a “Casa Vieja” [“Old House”]. This house still remains in restored condition on the site. The master plan calls for this house to become the center of all activities proposed for the site.

This master planning effort is the first step toward a comprehensive long-range visioning process to identify areas for preservation, restoration, interpretation, and recreation preserving as much of the site as possible. The planning process began with identifying and meeting with stakeholders that currently use the park and access the river. Discussions with the stakeholders provided the planning team with great insight to the character of the site. Two alternative concepts were developed utilizing a workshop process to establish priorities, develop concepts, and build consensus. These plans were presented at a public meeting and ranking was developed for features to be included in the master plan and also to set priorities for the future development of these features.

Activities include the following:    

Park campus 

Equestrian staging facility

Three amenity campgrounds

RV parking

Two wilderness campgrounds

Internal roadway and parking

Two primitive campgrounds

Trail heads with restrooms

Group camping

Multipurpose trail

Picnic and playground areas

Acequia trail

Historic interpretation

Equestrian trail

Restoration and adaptive reuse

Scenic overlooks

Outdoor classroom

Bird watching stations

Blackland prairie restoration

River fishing access points

Trueheart Ranch Master Plan Feb 2022
People surround Trueheart Ranch courtyard view.
Trueheart Ranch Park vehicle entry.
Restored Trueheart Ranch main house: Casa Vieja.
River basin along proposed trueheart ranch property.
Events Center filled with round tables chairs and people.
Full Trueheart Ranch Master Plan
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