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NASA Astronaut Loral O'Hara with members of the Star Garrison of the 501st Legion at the 5th Annual Planets in the Park in 2020.

Last Updated on March 31, 2023

NASA Astronaut Loral O’Hara (center) with members of The Star Garrison of the 501st Legion at the 5th Annual Planets in the Park Event Feb. 29, 2020 at John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park. 

Did you know that the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) maintains more than 500 acres of parks in addition to more than 28 miles of hike and bike trails and over 45 miles of paddling trails along the San Antonio River’s 240-mile course? Our dedicated park programming and events staff are responsible for creating unique and engaging opportunities so that our constituents can safely enjoy our parks and trails and forge meaningful connections to area creeks and rivers.

Read along as we share some of our free upcoming park programming and events! Make sure to visit the events section of our website for updates and for safety protocols due to COVID-19.

6th Annual Planets in the Park 

As the River Authority pivots its annual festivals into virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public will be able to experience the 6th Annual Planets in the Park event through a variety of virtual space activities. The event will take place February 26-28, launching with a virtual planetarium by the Scobee Education Center-Alamo Colleges and will also feature space-science presentations from renowned STEM professionals including instructional videos on how to create fun outer space crafts. This virtual space adventure will be showcased via the River Authority’s Facebook page.  

4th Annual River Clicks Photo Contest

River Clicks Photo Contest

Get your cameras ready because our River Clicks Photo Contest is back! Beginning February 26, you can submit photos of the San Antonio River Basin’s natural treasures throughout Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties. The photo contest categories include Creeks and Rivers, Recreation, Animals, Plants, Student, Seasonal Variation, and Special Category. This year’s special category is John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park in Wilson County!

Each of your online submissions will be entered into the Judge’s Choice category for each county. Outdoor recreation prize packages valued up to $500 will be awarded to the winner of each category and a prize package valued up to $1000 for the Special Category. Stay tuned on social media platforms for more details of our 4th Annual River Clicks Photo Contest!

San Pedro Creek Culture Park

Yoga on the Creek logo and image

The River Authority also offers free programming and events at San Pedro Creek Culture Park for the community’s enjoyment! Some of our upcoming virtual opportunities include our Yoga on the Creek series with Mobile Om which take place every Monday, a Virtual Community Drum Circle on Tuesday, February 9 and our Creekside Chats on February 12 featuring John Mize from Ford, Powell & Carson Architects. For more information about these events, follow San Pedro Creek Culture Park’s Facebook page.

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Acequia Trail Notice

The Acequia trail will have heavy traffic near MROC starting May 22nd until further notice. The SAWS Acequia project will be bringing in crews to work on the lift station site and across the street. There will have flaggers to stop traffic, please use caution. 

SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

The SASPAMCO paddling trail is open from River Crossing Park to Helton Nature Park.
*Please Note: Paddling Trail from Helton Nature Park to HWY 97 is still closed due to blockages. 

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