Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, in coordination with the City of San Antonio, have undertaken this project to transform San Pedro Creek from a concrete-lined drainage ditch into a natural creek habitat and world-class linear park.
The San Pedro Creek Improvements Project begins at IH-35 at the flood tunnel inlet at Santa Rosa Street, near Fox Tech High School, and ends at the confluence of the Alazán and Apache Creeks at IH-35 to the south. The total length of the improvement area is 2.2. miles.
There are a total of four phases to the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project, with Phase I currently under construction. Phase I-A, from the tunnel inlet to Houston Street, is expected to be complete by the city’s Tricentennial celebration in May 2018.
The key design goals of the San Pedro Creek Improvements project include:
Flood Mitigation – By deepening and widening the existing channel and replacing eight street bridges, the project will contain the 100-year floodplain within the San Pedro Creek banks.
Economic Development – The project will catalyze a $1.5 billion economic impact by creating 2,100 new housing units, 1,428 new downtown employees, 7,300 new downtown residents, 150% increase in new property value and $227 million in ad valorem tax revenue.
Water Quality – Through the use of low-impact development features including bioswales, aquatic plantings and the removal of floatables, the project will advance the water quality and ensure the sustainability of our biotic habitats.
Cultural Linkages – The project will celebrate and express the culture, history and natural qualities of Bexar County through a series of temporary and permanent artworks, artistic treatments, interpretive signage, performances and interactive exhibits.
Bexar County is the primary funder of the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project, and the San Antonio River Authority is the project manager for the project. The design team is comprised of HDR Engineering, Pape-Dawson Engineers, and Muñoz and Company. The joint venture of Sundt/Davila is the designated construction manager for the project.