The San Antonio River is one of the city's more notable landmarks, and the Mission Reach Project will allow people to enjoy it from a whole new perspective.
On Tuesday, the new trail and flyover bridge over Concepcion Creek was officially opened, as Phase 2 of the project continues.
“As you stand on this bridge, you can look towards downtown and see all the people enjoying it, riding their bikes, and walking along the trails” said Suzanne Scott, with the San Antonio River Authority.
The $245 million project is well on its way to completion ahead of schedule, and is already bringing new life to the area.
“Before we started this project, it was very straightened and you couldn't see the water,” Scott said. “But now that we've widened the river, and provided more meanders to the river, it has a whole new character.”
In addition to the opening of the new trail and bridge, 2,000 trees were planted as part of phase two of the project. Some 3,000 trees were planted in Phase 1.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said no matter where you are in the city, people should take time to visit the area.
“You need to come down and see this. You're not going to see anything like this anywhere else in the United States,” said Wolff. “It's the largest environmental restoration of an urban river anywhere in the United States, tying together our four missions. You’ve just got to come down and see it, to believe it.”