A year after celebrating the opening of Phases 1.2 and 1.3, Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) are excited to announce the opening of the following completed San Pedro Creek Culture Park sections: Phases 2 and 4.1. As of October 1, Phases 2 and 4.1 of the Culture Park (the sections of the Creek between El Paso and South Alamo Streets) are open for the public to enjoy. Though just under half a mile, this short section of the Creek is packed with adventure.
The remaining sections are set to open Summer 2024. Make sure to stay tuned for when the Celebration of the project completion will happen!
This multi-phased joint project— a collaboration between Bexar County, the River Authority, and the City of San Antonio— is transforming San Pedro Creek into a world-class linear park. The San Pedro Creek Culture Park (Culture Park) embodies the River Authority's goal of providing safe, clean, and enjoyable creeks and rivers by reducing the flood plain of the San Pedro Creek while incorporating best practices to ensure high water quality, maintain healthy ecosystems, and create recreation opportunities for park visitors. Keep reading as we share what you can see now at the Culture Park and what's yet to come!
What to Expect
First things first, convenience is key! With a new dedicated parking lot off El Paso Street that functions as a trailhead, as well as VIA routes and bike lanes along Main Street and South Flores, your journey to this fascinating linear park will be a breeze.
Parking area off El Paso Street
Phase 2 showcases the nature of the park with native plants and trees. Starting at Guadalupe Street, you will encounter tile work, poetry art, and a developed shade structure. On either side of the shade structure, you will have stunning views north and south of the Creek. Phase 4.1 starts with the El Paso Trailhead (artwork at the trailhead will soon be installed), decorative metal screens, and more tile work. "The hard work that has gone into these two phases will serve as important additions to the San Pedro Creek Culture Park itself, furthering the investment in history, art, and nature that is indigenous to this part of our beloved city of San Antonio," said Derek Boese, the River Authority's General Manager.As you walk north to south along this new section, you'll notice the Creek becoming more naturalistic, transitioning from Downtown's heavily urbanized portions to a more natural landscape that blends into the Westside Creeks Ecosystem Restoration Project and the San Antonio Riverwalk Mission Reach.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that from Cesar Chavez Blvd. to El Paso St., the Creek goes underground. The trail detours, guiding visitors east to walk along South Flores Street. There are wayfinding signs in both directions to find your way back to the daylighted Creek.
The San Pedro Creek Culture Park is a thriving ecosystem teeming with native flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for graceful birds, curious turtles, and the occasional friendly fish. Want to learn more? Read the interpretive panels lining the paseos!
Snowy Egret near Guadalupe Street
Nature calls, and this park has you covered! Clean and accessible public restrooms are situated near Ruby City at street level along South Alamo Street. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely stroll, birdwatching, or on an art adventure, these facilities are a welcome sight.
Artists along the Creek
Meandering along the Creek's edge of the new phases, you'll encounter the works of several local artists. Each piece tells a unique story inspired by San Pedro Creek's rich history and nature. Check out some of these new artworks below!
Designs by Elizabeth Carrington
Designs by Leticia Huerta
Poetry by Eddie Vega
Need a break? Take a rest under the canopy at Mustard Seed Plaza. Titled A Place of Origins by Rikkianne Van Kirk, this functional art highlights the avian wildlife you may see while visiting the Culture Park.
Mustard Seed Plaza
Speaking of art, you 'can't miss Ruby City! A true architectural masterpiece designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, the art center sits on the banks of the San Pedro Creek. Free and open to the public, we invite you to discover its extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary works while visiting the Culture Park.
Ruby City's reflection in the Creek's waters
Still to come are artworks by Diana Kersey and Mark Reigelman and more poetry by Eddie Vega. With the final section, phase 3 (South Alamo Street to the confluence with Apache Creek), expected to be complete in the coming months, the full opening of the southern section of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park is anticipated the Summer of 2024. Once finished, all four phases of San Pedro Creek will span just over two miles through downtown. Stay tuned to our social media and website, where we will share more detailed announcements leading to the next Grand Opening Ceremony in the Summer of 2024. We can't wait for you to join us at the celebration!
In the meantime, take a sneak peek. Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, a birdwatcher, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, this park has something for everyone. So, pack your sense of adventure and check out what's new!