Trueheart Ranch Master Plan
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
- 2021: Public Input, Master Plan, Graphics, and Cost Analysis
- Completion Dates: Prop. 6/22
- Prime Consultant: Terra Design Group, Inc.
- Project Manager: Marc Zak
- Project Principal / Landscape Architect: Walter Heard
- Project Owner: San Antonio River Authority
- Owner’s Day-to-Day Representative: Kristen Hansen
Trueheart Ranch Nature Park contains 351 acres of 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 and they referred to it as “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:
Espada Property Master Plan
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
- Currently undergoing Public Input, Master Planning, Graphics and Cost Analysis
- Completion date: 6/23
- Prime Consultant: Dunaway
- Project Manager: Bryan Mask
- Project Principal / Landscape Architect: Bryan Mask
- Owner: San Antonio River Authority and Texas A&M University – San Antonio
- Owner’s Day-to-Day Representative: Chris Giambernardi
The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) and Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) will be working together on a recreational and environmental collaboration along the historic San Antonio River. The property, known as the Espada Tract or Property, is located on 380 acres of land on the South Side of San Antonio.
The property, located south of Mission Espada, was donated to the River Authority and A&M-SA by The TJX Companies, Inc., the leading off-price apparel, and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide, after acquiring acreage for a T.J. Maxx Distribution Center on the South Side of San Antonio. TJX committed to donating 15 to 20 acres of land to the Southside Independent School District for construction of a school, as well as the donation of the Espada Property.
The Espada Property protects the scenic open space views along 2.2 miles of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System, including 1.6 miles along the San Antonio River, surrounding 40-acres around Cassin Lake. This trail system plays a significant role in linking the Median River Greenway System to the San Antonio River Walk and Mission Reach trails, which allow the community to hike or bike from Brackenridge Park to Medina River Natural Area.
The partnership allows for the character of the area to remain, and a chance to restore the area with native shrubland and riparian bottomland forest areas throughout the property, which serve as refuge for resident and migratory wildlife. Plans for the property will be introduced through a master planning process, managed by Dunaway, which will include input from the community.
Proposed plans include a learning center managed by A&M-SA, which will provide an outdoor nature and biology research opportunity for faculty and students. The River Authority will handle operation and maintenance of the property, including Espada dam and Cassin Lake. Inclusion of park amenities will also be considered and developed through the master planning process
This project is currently undergoing public input, master planning, and cost analysis.
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