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5 parks around San Antonio to visit this spring
San Antonio – Spring is here and it is time to get outside, but you don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors. These 5 San Antonio area parks are great spots to enjoy the weather before the summer heat arrives. Brackenridge Park - The park is home to a stretch of the San Antonio River, the Japanese Tea Garden, Sunken Garden Theater, the San Antonio Zoo, Lambert Beach and Tony “Skipper” Martinez ball fields. Hemisfair Park - Hemisfair is a community with residences, local businesses and three public parks in the heart of San Antonio. To learn more about these parks as well as other parks to visit around the city, head to the San Antonio Parks & Recreation website.
This popular Instagramable SA bar on the river has White Claw margaritas and chill vibes
SAN ANTONIO – As seen on KSAT 12′s “Texas Eats,” Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen opened near downtown in 2020 and has quickly turned into an iconic spot to take pictures for social media. Earlier this month, David Elder made a post on the Elder Eats Facebook page and it went viral. It showcased Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen’s customer favorite: the White Claw margarita. “Elsewhere is about an experience,” said Terrin Fuhrmann, owner of Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen. AdFollow KSAT 12′s Texas Eats on Facebook and Instagram.
At least 3.8 million fish on Texas coast killed by winter storm, TPWD says
SAN ANTONIO – The winter freeze killed nearly 4 million fish along the Texas coast in what officials are calling the largest fish kill event since the 1980s. The Upper and Lower Laguna Madre bays which are off the South Texas Coast were hit particularly hard, according to TPWD. The estimated 3.8 million fish killed in Texas consisted of 61 species, with 91% of those include non-recreational fish like hardhead catfish and pinfish. Just before the freeze, TPWD closed fishing on the Texas coast that could have further impacted wildlife. Other wildlife species impacted by the storm include axis deer, blackbuck, nilgai antelope and multiple bird species, according to TPWD.
San Antonio will continue a St. Patrick’s Day tradition by dyeing the San Antonio River green
SAN ANTONIO – A St. Patrick’s Day tradition will still take place in downtown San Antonio this year. Maggie Thompson, the executive director of the San Antonio Riverwalk Association, said the San Antonio River will turn green for the annual “Dyeing of the River Walk.”Visitors on the River Walk will be able to see the green dye from Saturday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 17 for free, she said. A parade and festival, however, will not take place despite Texas Gov. This is the second year the River Walk Association was forced to cancel the annual events due to COVID-19. Last year, it was abruptly called off as shutdowns began to take place in San Antonio and cases began to rise.
San Antonio River Walk will still turn green this March
It’s almost that special time of the year. The leprechauns are readying themselves to creep out in San Antonio and bars are preparing to drop green food coloring in their brews. RELATED: Brit Sisters plan new St.Patrick's Day rally following release of Britney Spears docThis year's River Walk parade and festival have been canceled again due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the San Antonio River will once again be turned green for three days starting March 14. Those who want to watch the dyeing of the river will be able to for free along the entire 2 and a half mile downtown portion of the River Walk. Eco-friendly green dye has been used to dye the River Walk a rich green since 1968.mysanantonio.com
Fish found dead along San Antonio River, Texas coast after freezing weather event
The Environmental Sciences Department is continuing to monitor the sightings, and officials said the dead fish are not caused by poor water quality. Anyone who spots dead fish along the river is asked to contact the River Authority’s Environmental Investigations team online or by calling 866-345-7272. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said fish on the Texas coast first started dying off on Feb. 14. Among the fish species impacted were spotted seatrout, red drum, sheepshead, grey snapper, snook, black drum and tarpon. Other wildlife species impacted by the storm include axis deer, blackbuck, nilgai antelope and multiple bird species, according to TPWD.
Photos show people collecting water out of the San Antonio River Walk
Downtown guests resorted to collecting San Antonio River water to help with utility issues plaguing Texas in the wake of winter weather. The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) said under normal conditions the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality would issue fines to individuals or businesses for taking large quantities of water. RELATED: 'Bring anything:' San Antonio breweries team up to supply residents with clean water“Taking river water from the San Antonio River requires a permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Hotels directing staff and/or residents to collect river water in buckets to flush toilets potentially risk getting a fine from the TCEQ," a spokesperson for the San Antonio River Authority said. Philip Stamm, area vice president and general manager of Hyatt Regency San Antonio — where some of the people said they were staying — said safety and security remain a "top priority."mysanantonio.com
San Antonio River Walk's famed holiday lights display extended through February
San Antonio River WalkThere is extra time to see the thousands of twinkling holiday lights reflecting off the San Antonio River this year. The San Antonio River Walk Association extended the famed and free lights display until Valentine's Day, according to social media promotions. The lights are typically switched off the first week of January.mysanantonio.com
SAPD fishes gun out of River Walk it says was used in a shooting at a downtown Whataburger
San Antonio police on Thursday fished a firearm out of the San Antonio River in the downtown River Walk area. According to police, the gun was used in a shooting at a nearby Whataburger earlier this month. At around 9 p.m. Dec. 4., SAPD bike control officers near the 400 block of E. Commerce street said they heard multiple gunshots coming from the fast food chain's downtown location and then witnessed a male, later identified as 18-year-old Pedro Ortega, running from the scene. Witnesses told police Ortega had a gun.mysanantonio.com
Gun allegedly used in Whataburger shooting found by divers in River Walk, SAPD says
SAN ANTONIO – A gun that was allegedly used during a shooting at the downtown Whataburger last week was recovered by divers in the River Walk portion of the San Antonio River on Thursday. San Antonio police said divers from the Texas Department of Public Safety located the weapon in the water near East Commerce Street and Losoya Street. The suspect, later identified as 18-year-old Pedro Ortega, tossed the weapon into the river as downtown bike patrol officers chased him, police said. (KSAT)No injuries were reported in the shooting that occurred Friday night in the 400 block of East Commerce Street. The shooting happened Friday night in downtown San Antonio, on E. Commerce and Losoya Streets.
YouTuber’s San Antonio River Walk video cut short after failing to obtain permit
SAN ANTONIO – A popular outdoorsman who has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube was stopped by San Antonio police while diving for what he calls “urban treasure” in the River Walk portion of the San Antonio River. In a police report obtained by KSAT, Jordan was stopped at 11:52 a.m. on Oct. 19 by San Antonio police for violating a city ordinance: Swimming in San Antonio River, which is a misdemeanor offense and can be punished by a fine of up to $500. Jordan was cited by Park Police for swimming in the San Antonio River, which is prohibited by City ordinance Sec. “The safety of all visitors is of utmost importance to the City of San Antonio, especially as this is an active and historic waterway.”Maggie Thomspon, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio River Walk, said the city does not allow people to go into the river because of traffic from city maintenance boats and Go Rio tour boats. Watch the video in full below:Related: ‘There’s no place for this in the River Walk,’: SA River Authority says wakeboarding is illegal at city parks
Man arrested after firing gunshots into Whataburger in downtown San Antonio, SAPD says
SAN ANTONIO – A man was arrested after firing gunshots into a downtown Whataburger restaurant and throwing his weapon into the San Antonio River, San Antonio police said. No injuries were reported in the shooting that occurred Friday night in the 400 block of East Commerce Street. Four downtown bike patrol officers went after Ortega and arrested him, but not before he was able to throw his handgun into the San Antonio River, according to police. The shooting happened Friday night in downtown San Antonio, on E. Commerce and Losoya Streets. Ortega was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and officials are still working to retrieve the gun from the river.
SAWS crews test for ammonia in San Antonio River after South Side sewer spill
click to enlarge Screenshot / Google MapsA ruptured pipe near 8510 Mission Parkway spilled sewage into the San Antonio River. Well, shit.A ruptured 30-inch sewer main on the South Side spilled more than 100,000 gallons of material into the San Antonio River on Sunday, MySA reports . The breached pipe is located in brush near 8510 Mission Parkway.The spill was reported by a caller at 1 p.m. Sunday. By 4:30 p.m., more than 100,000 gallons had flowed into the river, triggering a public notice from San Antonio Water System. "On Monday, SAWS crews tested for ammonia in the area, and found no evidence of the chemical.SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden told MySA that recent rains had increased the flow of the river, which likely helped clear the spill.sacurrent.com
SAWS crews test for ammonia after sewer spill flows into San Antonio River
San Antonio Water System crews tested for ammonia Monday after a sewer spill flowed into the San Antonio River. Anne Hayden, a spokesperson for SAWS, noted the rain had also increased the river's flow, which helped clear the spill. SAWS crews had replaced pipes in the area in 1993. Hayden said officials were surprised by Sunday's break because SAWS has had good results under the consent decree. San Antonio residents can help the utility improve sewer performance by throwing wipes and grease in the trash, as well as immediately reporting sewer spills at 210-704-7297.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio River Walk offering kayaking in famed business district for the first time in 30 years
For the first time in 30 years, kayaking will be allowed through the River Walk's scenic business district, where countless postcards and San Antonio snapshots have taken place. Kayaking on other extensions of the San Antonio River, like the King William District and Mission Reach, has been a popular activity, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. RELATED: I kayaked on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, here's what you need to know"This is a whole new route, a whole new ball game," said San Antonio River Walk Association Executive Director Maggie Thompson. Thompson said the city suggested the idea of kayaking on River Walk proper as a way to generate revenue. Those interested in taking advantage of the rare opportunity can book their tour on The San Antonio River Walk Association website.mysanantonio.com
ACS investigates after kitten in crate thrown off Southtown bridge into San Antonio River, drowns
SAN ANTONIO – Animal Care Services has opened an investigation after a person was seen throwing a crate with a three-month-old kitten inside off the Arsenal bridge in late September. The crate was retrieved from the river, but the black, short-haired female kitten had already died. Investigators found paper towels and a 2020 San Antonio coupon book inside the crate. ACS is investigating after a crate with a kitten inside of it was thrown off the Aresnal bridge in San Antonio in late September 2020. Investigators found the dead kitten with a 2020 San Antonio coupon book inside.
ACS looking for individual who left kitten to drown in San Antonio River
Investigators from the city's Animal Care Services are searching for the person who tossed a kitten into the San Antonio River last month to drown. According to a news release, ACS said a resident was feeding birds by the Aresenal Bridge, located at 479-499 E. Arsenal St., on Sept. 22 when they saw an unidentified person get out of a car and throw a purple soft-sided pet crate into the river below before speeding away.mysanantonio.com
A roundup of social distancing-friendly events, places in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO From art to drive-in movie screenings to kayaking, now is the time to head outdoors and see what San Antonio has to offer, even during a pandemic. See a list below for some additional social distancing-friendly events and places in San Antonio. Drive-thru at San Antonio ZooDrive-thru sessions are still being held on Fridays and Saturdays in August. Volunteers, artists and Centro San Antonio staff painted words that celebrate dark skin in the streets around Travis Park. For a full list of state parks within driving distance of San Antonio, click here.
Swamp rats live along the San Antonio River Walk
SAN ANTONIO – Swamp rats are having a moment. After a story about their invasion of a Texas park went viral, KSAT reached out to the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and learned that the orange-toothed rodents live here, too. The number of swamp rats trapped in past years:2019 - 10 nutria2018 - 60 nutria2017 - 32 nutriaDid you know the world’s largest bat colony can be found just outside San Antonio? If you see a nutria along the San Antonio River you can report the sighting to the San Antonio River Authority at (866) 345-7272 or on the SARA website sariverauthority.org/contact-us-0. “Our staff worked to find an appropriate solution to the damage caused by the Nutria-rat population in an effort to preserve the project’s ecosystem and the health of the San Antonio River.”
Explore the San Antonio River to celebrate National Rivers Month
SAN ANTONIO Ditch your couch and head over to the nearest access point to the Mission Reach Hike and Bike Trail to celebrate National Rivers Month. June marks the month-long celebration to treasured rivers across the country, including the San Antonio River. Hansen is the San Antonio River Authoritys, or SARAs, watershed and parks operations manager. Due to COVID-19, the San Antonio River has been a popular spot for families. Read also:11 places to get out of the house, go on a hike in San Antonio areaHave some reel fun close to home at these San Antonio fishing spotsStunning swimming holes near San Antonio
Invasive snail is threatening Texas aquatic vegetation and can carry a parasite harmful to humans
Invasive snail is threatening Texas aquatic vegetation and can carry a parasite harmful to humansThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is warning individuals to be on the lookout for the apple snail, an invasive aquatic species. In January, San Antonio River Authority staff members found 50 apple snails in the San Antonio River when they drained it for cleaning. less The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is warning individuals to be on the lookout for the apple snail, an invasive aquatic species. This species can wreck havoc on aquatic vegetation and can possibly carry a rat lungworm parasite that can infect humans. Fifty apple snails were pulled from the San Antonio River earlier this year when staff members of the San Antonio River Authority drained the waterway for cleaning.mysanantonio.com
Commentary: Kayaking the River Walk: Lets Open the Paseo del Rio to Paddlers
Its hot, humid, and thanks to COVID-19, crowds and tourist barges are absent from the San Antonio River. The upside: The pandemics closure of San Antonios primary waterway offers a unique opportunity to paddle the downtown River Walk. But no barges are running right now, so why not open the River Walk to paddlers? Credit: Courtesy Monika MaeckleRecent events organized by the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) suggest high demand for urban kayaking. Why not do the same for paddlers and the River Walk, but more often?therivardreport.com
The Trailist: Extension Connects Mission Reach to Medina River
Mile by painstaking mile, the City, Bexar County, and the San Antonio River Authority have made incremental progress on expanding concrete paths along local waterways, such as the San Antonio River and Leon and Salado creeks. The Citys newest completed trail section joins the Mission Reach to the roughly 10-mile Medina River system. That Medina system runs from Medina River Natural Area, along the Medina River, past Mitchell Lake, and ending at Mattox Park near Mission del Lago. Trail miles: 4.1 miles of concrete trail. Because everybody wants to see it open.Never has the trail system paid off more than during the coronavirus pandemic.therivardreport.com
Fishing in the City: Shutdown Draws More Urban Anglers to Rivers Banks
Ortiz typically sets up somewhere along the San Antonio River, preferring the stretch between the Nueva Street bridge and Blue Star. Ortiz is just one of many urban anglers finding more time and solace fishing in San Antonio waters with most of the city shut down. Right now, the water in the San Antonio River water is clearer because tourist barges arent running, stirring up the water and inflating its turbidity. Also, fewer people on the River Walk means less trash and traffic. This article has been updated to correctly identify Jim Campbell as a member of the San Antonio River Authoritys board of directors.therivardreport.com
Like Venice, San Antonio's River Walk is running clear during coronavirus shutdowns
Like Venice, San Antonio's River Walk is running clear during coronavirus shutdownsTwitter user @rdrunner, or Ulises, is familiar with what the San Antonio River usually looks like because it's his usual jogging trail. less Twitter user @rdrunner, or Ulises, is familiar with what the San Antonio River usually looks like because it's his usual jogging trail. His Wednesday morning visit, exempt in the stay at home orders, stopped ... more Photo: Courtesy, @rdrunner_ Photo: Courtesy, @rdrunner_ Image 1 of / 83 Caption Close Like Venice, San Antonio's River Walk is running clear during coronavirus shutdowns 1 / 83 Back to GallerySan Antonio's River Walk, often dubbed the Venice of Texas, is similar to the famous Italian city's canals in another way both are clear while residents and tourists self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic. Twitter user @rdrunner, or Ulises, whose normal jogging trail is along the San Antonio River was stopped in his tracks by what he saw during his run Wednesday. RELATED: Photos capture an 'eerie' but 'beautiful' downtown San Antonio during coronavirus pandemicThe environmental sciences staff for the San Antonio River Authority says the clarity can be attributed to the suspension of river barge traffic, which stirs up sediment.mysanantonio.com
You Can Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the River Walk with Two Different Parades
Each year for St. Patricks Day, the River Walk Association and Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas give us the chance to honor our green streak by dyeing the San Antonio River and hosting a spate of Irish-ish festivities. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
City Tries Again to Drain San Antonio River at Brackenridge Park
Crews are working to drain a section of the San Antonio River at Brackenridge Park for the second time in two years to work on an aging section of river wall. Like other sections of the river downtown, the stretch at Lambert Beach is lined with a concrete channel, Pennell said. Steps leading from the historic pump house to Lamber Beach at the San Antonio River. The Conservation Society of San Antonio also contributed $300,000 over three years for work on the pump house. The City had water removed from a small section of the river under the 1877 pumphouse last summer, Pennell said.therivardreport.com
CPS Energy to Sell Mission Road Power Plant as Energy Think Tank Pivots
A local energy think tank has dropped its plans to redevelop a shuttered power plant on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River as it continues refining its mission, its leadership says. The decision means EPIcenter wont have to raise money to pay for an upgrade of the power plant estimated at $75 million. CPS Energy plans to put the building on the market in the next six to 18 months, CPS Energy President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams said in prepared statement. EPIcenter could have gotten another $5 million at the outset from its initial sponsors if it had pursued its Mission Road power plant headquarters, Britton said. Disclosure: CPS Energy is a Rivard Report business member.therivardreport.com
New Apartment Developments Open on Mission Road and at the Pearl
The Mission Escondida Luxury Apartments (MELA), at 1515 Mission Rd., are only a few minutes drive from the center city and sit along a quiet section of the Mission Reach of the river. The entryway to Mission Escondida Luxury Apartments (MELA). Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard ReportA model unit at Mission Escondida Luxury Apartments (MELA). Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard ReportThe demonstration kitchen at Mission Escondida Luxury Apartments (MELA). Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard ReportThe highway is seen from the rooftop patio of Southline Residences.therivardreport.com
Snails, Tilapia, Scooters Pulled From Drained San Antonio River
Invasive South American snails and electric scooters are among the things crews are pulling from the dried-out bed of the San Antonio River this week after workers drained the downtown channel for the first time in four years. The apple snail, a popular home aquarium species first found in the downtown San Antonio River last year, and dockless scooters are new items on the list of what workers pull out of the river. The popular aquarium snail, native to South America, can grow to be fist-sized and drops distinctive pink egg sacs. The River Walks new snail population likely came from someones aquarium, Vaughn and fellow River Authority biologist Shaun Donovan said. The rivers ecological balance is difficult to maintain naturally in the concrete-lined Museum Reach and downtown river channel, where its easy for nonnatives to have the upper hand, Donovan explained.therivardreport.com
Photos Capture Man Crawling out of San Antonio River and Prostrating Himself in Front of River Walk Diners
We all know how gross it would be to accidentally fall into the San Antonio River. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
La Prensa Editor Vying for Seat on San Antonio River Authority Board
An incumbent seeking a second term faces a challenger in a race for a San Antonio River Authority board seat representing parts of the Far West and South sides. Roxanne Roxy Eguia is facing incumbent Jerry G. Gonzales in a race for a District 1 seat representing much of western and southern Bexar County on the River Authority board. The race is the only competitive River Authority board race in Bexar County, with District 2 incumbent Lourdes Galvan running unopposed. The River Authority is considering whether to more than double those property taxes to fund an expansion of its water quality, flood prevention, and recreation services. Both pointed to a likely public vote in November 2020 if the River Authority board chooses to put it on the ballot.therivardreport.com
FIRST LOOK: First colorful barges revealed for Day of Dead Parade in SA
SAN ANTONIO – Day of the Dead San Antonio revealed the first of its trajineras arriving from Mexico ready to delight and entertain residents during the Catrinas on the River Parade, a new parade illuminating the San Antonio River with the spirit of the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1. "We're bringing props and this beautiful collection of skulls," said Javier Ruiz Galindo, CEO of the Day of the Dead Parade San Antonio. Full Screen 1 / 17"(Loteria is) the game we play in Mexico," said Montserrat Oliver, spokeswoman for the Day of the Dead San Antonio. The river parade also serves as the grand opening of Day of the Dead San Antonio, launching the festival with a special ceremony afloat a barge as the parade kicks off. Day of the Dead San Antonio makes its debut this fall as a citywide celebration with a full slate of events never before experienced in San Antonio.
FIRST LOOK: First colorful barges revealed for Day of Dead Parade in SA
SAN ANTONIO - Day of the Dead San Antonio revealed the first of its trajineras arriving from Mexico ready to delight and entertain residents during the Catrinas on the River Parade, a new parade illuminating the San Antonio River with the spirit of the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1. "We're bringing props and this beautiful collection of skulls," said Javier Ruiz Galindo, CEO of the Day of the Dead Parade San Antonio. "(Loteria is) the game we play in Mexico," said Montserrat Oliver, spokeswoman for the Day of the Dead San Antonio. The river parade also serves as the grand opening of Day of the Dead San Antonio, launching the festival with a special ceremony afloat a barge as the parade kicks off. Day of the Dead San Antonio makes its debut this fall as a citywide celebration with a full slate of events never before experienced in San Antonio.
Look back at history of SA Museum of Art, its origins as a brewery
SAN ANTONIO - A living encyclopedia: the San Antonio Museum of Art is a look into past worlds and civilizations. The museum opened in 1981, but a hundred years earlier, the building operated as the Lone Star Brewing Company. The Busch family came to San Antonio to look to open a brewery because of the very pure water that came from the San Antonio River, said Katie Luber, the Kelso director at SAMA. The building was abandoned until the 1970s when San Antonio Museum of Art Board members decided to open a museum at the site. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art opened in the late 1990s, and the museum continues to grow.
Throwback Thursday: Origins of Japanese Tea Garden, its start as a cement quarry
SAN ANTONIO - With its array of colorful plants, flowers and Koi fish, it may be hard to believe the Japanese Tea Garden was originally just a hole in the ground. Nearly a decade later, city parks commissioner Ray Lambert designed plans to build an Oriental-style garden to bridge the gap from the quarry to the San Antonio River. The name changed to the Japanese Tea Garden and the family opened the Bamboo Room in 1926, where they sold tea and lunch to visitors. Ted and Ester Wu moved in and the city renamed it Chinese Tea Garden. The garden went into a state of disrepair in the 1960s, but received new life in 1984 when San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and former mayor Lila Cockrell restored the name to the Japanese Tea Garden.
Brackenridge Park features oldest industrial building in Bexar County
With its hundreds of acres of beautiful trees, pavilions and walking trails, Brackenridge Park has been a part of San Antonios scenery for more than a century. George Washington Brackenridge founded the historic park, located below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, in 1899. He donated the first 199 acres that essentially runs from Hildebrand to Josephine where the tunnel inlet begins with the San Antonio River, said Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, Brackenridge Park Conservancy executive director. Brackenridge built another pump house that was used by Gutzon Borglum, the artist who designed Mount Rushmore. The Brackenridge Park Conservancy has worked to preserve and enhance the park and to build future memories for San Antonio residents.
"Jackass" star may be charged for Texas stunt
"Jackass" star may be charged for Texas stunt "Jackass" star Steve-O may be in hot water after flipping off a bridge and landing in San Antonio River Friday night. Swimming in the river is prohibited and carries a maximum $500 fine. Police are looking into the stunt to determine the appropriate course of action. KENS-TV's Sharon Ko reports.cbsnews.com