Skywalk at Phil Hardberger Park opens to public

Elevated walkway offers ‘squirrel’s-eye’ view of park

Community leaders and public officials commemorated the opening of the Skywalk. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – Visitors to Phil Hardberger Park can now experience the sensation of walking among the treetops thanks to the Skywalk that opened Monday to the public.

The elevated walkway that gently climbs 18-feet off the ground offers spectacular views of the tree canopy and connects pedestrians to the top of the recently completed Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge.

“The Skywalk is one of the most unique features of the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge. I like to describe it as zip-line powered by your feet.” said former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger. “Visitors will get a squirrel’s eye view of the trees and ground below, offering a new perspective of the park and its animal inhabitants.”

The approximately 1,000-foot-long Skywalk is the first walkway of its kind built in San Antonio. At six-feet wide, the entire length is ADA-accessible, and a seating area offers a shady spot for relaxation and wildlife viewing. The Skywalk features weathered steel finishing to match the features of the Land Bridge.

“We’re excited to open the Skywalk which offers an accessible, unique vantage point of the park for all visitors to enjoy,” said Homer Garcia III, director of Parks and Recreation.

The opening of the Skywalk marks completion of construction on the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge, which opened in December 2020. The first bridge of its kind designed for the safe passage of wildlife and people, the structure is built across the busy traffic lanes of Wurzbach Parkway and unifies the 330-acre park in north central San Antonio. Pedestrians and animals traversing the Land Bridge have the experience of climbing a peaceful hill, unaware of the roadway below.

Visitors may access the Skywalk from the Northwest Military park entrance (8400 NW Military Highway) via the Savanna Loop trail or from the Blanco Road entrance (13203 Blanco Road) from the Water Loop trail and connecting to the Skywalk at the top of the Land Bridge. Bicycles are not allowed on the Skywalk but may be walked across the Land Bridge.

For more information about the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge and Phil Hardberger Park, click here.


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