New stretch of Mission Reach projects opens along SA River

Project unveils more ways to enjoy the outdoors

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor,
Published On: Jul 02 2012 04:05:43 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 02 2012 05:15:34 PM CDT

Miles of the San Antonio River are now open as part of the latest expansion Mission Reach Restoration and Recreation Project.

On Monday, roughly a mile more of river opened to the public.

The new portion stretches from Mission Road to VFW Boulevard. Two miles of the project was already opened from Lone Star Boulevard to Mission Road.

“Pavilions, picnic tables, amenities … there are all kinds of things people can now come and enjoy on this next mile of the river,” said Suzanne Scott, general manager of the San Antonio River Authority.

It’s a project Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has been pushing for and promoting.

“This is a major change for San Antonio,” said Wolff. “Much different. People go down the Riverwalk, but this is an entirely different environment.”

You can hike, bike, walk and run along the trails. On the stretch of the river that opened Monday, you will be able to canoe sometime this fall.

It looks like San Antonians are already taking advantage.

“They’re riding their bikes, and picnicking and having family events on the banks of the river,” said Scott. “It is really a great opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy."

And miles more of opportunity lies just around the bend.

The Mission Reach project will run roughly eight miles from Lone Star Boulevard to Mission Espada once it is complete in August 2013.