- HDR Engineering – Prime Consultant
- Muñoz & Company – Lead Architect of Record
- Pape Dawson Engineering – Lead Civil Design Engineer
- Alamo Architects – Associate Architects
- Ford, Powell, & Carson Architects – Associate Architects
The fully accessible paseo will embrace culturally diverse craft and detail along two walkways: one at the low bank and one at street level. Their braided routes will be an inviting, safe and shady environment and their width will allow the leisurely movement of people including strollers and wheelchairs, as well as joggers and cyclists. As an instructive antecedent, the Paseo del Rio is an internationally renowned urban waterscape uniquely San Antonian. Local models of exemplary urban walks however are rare, the best being the Tower Allee in Hemisfair Park and the historic Alameda: San Antonio’s first urban streetspace.
Ribbons of Life
The predevelopment conditions of San Pedro Creek cannot be restored, but with creative engineering the biotic quality of the creek can be reconstituted with a series of aquatic and riparian planting areas. Because even the new channel will be confined, these planting areas will be relatively long and narrow zones of habitat that support essential species, improve water quality, and stimulate human senses.
Whether humble or grand, pavilions are pivotal park features to shelter people and activities. Classic examples are the Joske Pavilion in Brackenridge Park and the Japanese Gardens pavilion. San Pedro Creek needs similar sheltered spaces for public picnic, performance, play, art; and establish hubs of activity. The pavilions also constitute the only formal building type within the boundaries of the creek, and thus the architecture should express their unique context, character of use, and role as community landmarks.
Places of Respite
Streets, sidewalks, paths and transit lines will cross the course of the creek and paseos, so it is important that these intersections modulate movement and orient people to varied destinations. The extreme linearity of the creek also needs a series of elements for visual and physical relief that occur more frequently and of more intimate scale than the pavilions. An appropriate mix of benches, picnic shelters, pet waystations, public restrooms, historic site interpretations, art installations will make San Pedro Creek a functional park for recreation and respite in the urban realm.
Bridges and Portals
The bridges spanning San Pedro Creek are generally bereft of any design features such as those bridges spanning the San Antonio River. Many of the bridges will have to be replaced or altered to resolve flood and accessibility problems anyway, and by their nature and cost all bridges are consequential and so to their design character. The concept suggests that the bridges embrace a sense of remembrance, puentes de recuerdo, to provide an historical and cultural basis for design and public art. The mile and a half course of the creek through the Center City also ends at the northern and southernmost points of access from the Westside expressways. These entrances to downtown and San Pedro Creek should indeed be gateways, or portales, that through their design provide a memorable experience.
We imagine telling the story of San Pedro Creek as a codex; a layered timeline of historical context articulated through visual art and craft unique to San Antonio. By using techniques like faux bois concrete, mosaic, sculpture, we retain an authentic voice. Building facades, lobbies, landscape amenities and surrounding spaces – whatever San Pedro seeks or influences, it is a given that cohesion and expression are the goal. Additional gathering and learning spaces promote creative interaction within the community and also stimulates economic development of the neighborhood.