Frequently Asked Questions
Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority, in coordination with the City of San Antonio, are transforming San Pedro Creek from a concrete-lined drainage ditch into a natural creek habitat and world-class linear park. The restoration of the Creek is a catalyst for investment by Bexar County and the City to enhance flood control and revitalize the natural habitat in the area, as well as to reconnect the community to a place of great historical significance that reflects the unique culture of Bexar County.
As part of the local Tricentennial celebration, Bexar County will commemorate the opening of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park with a special dedication ceremony on May 5, 2018 to open the first segment of Phase 1, from the tunnel inlet near Fox Tech High School to Houston Street.
What are the project limits for the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project?
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 Improvements Project comprises a total of four phases, with Phase 1, segment 1, currently under construction. The total length of the improvement area is 2.2 miles.
What are the design goals of the project?
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 job opportunities, 7,300 new downtown residents, a 150 percent increase in new property value and $227 million in ad valorem tax revenues.
- 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 the culture, history, and natural qualities of San Antonio through a series of temporary and permanent public artworks, artistic treatments, interpretive signage, performances and interactive exhibits.
Who is managing the design and construction effort?
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, as well as have oversight and maintenance responsibility as project phases are complete. 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.
How is the City of San Antonio involved?
The City of San Antonio is a partner in the project and has contributed right-of-way land parcels adjacent to the creek. Additionally, the City has committed $19.5 million to the SPC Project approved through the 2017 Bond. The project team regularly coordinates with the City of San Antonio as the owner of the creek and the public rights-of-way adjacent to the creek to plan and implement street and traffic control, facilitate design review and permits, and conduct archeological assessments.
Will there be public art along the creek?
Public art and culture programs on the creek will be managed by San Pedro Creek Arts, new pilot program of the San Antonio River Authority. A full-time position of the San Pedro Creek Curator was created with responsibilities to direct the program, guide the implementation of this strategy, manage projects, and serve as a resource in the community. San Pedro Creek Arts will have a Steering Committee to guide its work plan and budget, and the San Pedro Creek Arts and Culture Alliance to foster collaborations and partnerships with local and regional artists and arts and culture entities invested in the park. Public art projects in San Pedro Creek Culture Park will express what is authentic about San Antonio today, or explore the history and meaning of the creek through a contemporary art lens.
Several permanent art pieces will be placed featured throughout San Pedro Creek Culture Park. Bexar County has commissioned Plethora as a featured sculpture in Tricentennial Plaza, near the inlet at Santa Rosa Street. Four other tile murals – created by San Antonio artists – will be the signature art pieces of the first segment of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park. These art pieces will serve as a lasting commemoration of the rich, interweaving cultures that define Bexar County and will create a foundation for our community’s future.
Temporary artworks and locations that feature changing artworks will allow a range of local, regional, national, and international artists and arts organizations to participate in the program.
Will there be water in San Pedro Creek once the improvements are complete?
Yes. The design allows for water to be in the creek at all times and, similar to the historic San Antonio River Walk, impounded through a series of gates, the source of the natural flow of the creek is from the San Pedro springs at San Pedro Park. Through the recirculation feature within the flood control tunnel beneath San Pedro Creek and the occasional addition of reuse water, creek water levels will be maintained.
How will San Pedro Creek be protected from over development?
The City of San Antonio, in coordination with the River Authority, has created design standards and guidelines for a new overlay district along the creek. This new district will ensure compatible and high-quality development along the creek and adjacent corridors to preserve the public investment. The new design zoning overlay district for San Pedro Creek are patterned after the River Improvement Overlay (RIO) guidelines and are calibrated to match the design character of the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project. The standards and guidelines do not apply to residential single-family developments.
How is the project funded?
Bexar County has committed $132.8 million and the City of San Antonio has committed $19.5 million toward the design and construction of Phases 1 and 2.
How can I get involved and stay informed?
Community members can find more information about the San Pedro Creek Improvements project and sign up for construction alerts at spcproject.org. Updates can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow San Pedro Creek @SanPedroCreek. The community can also email the project team at SanPedroCreek@sara-tx.org or call the project information line at 210-302-3652. The San Pedro Creek app can be downloaded now on Google Play and will be available soon through the iTunes App Store.
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