Today, San Pedro Creek is more likely recognized as a drainage ditch that runs through San Antonio. During a drive, bike ride, or walk through the center city, you might catch a glimpse of it behind and under older buildings and parking lots. The concrete channels wind through underground tunnels for entire city blocks and flows quietly under area highways.
This unassuming, under appreciated asset is getting ready for a makeover of epic proportion. The revitalization project will rival Hemisfair as the landmark destination that transforms the face of Downtown San Antonio. By the time 2018 and the city’s 300th anniversary arrives, phase one of the game changing project should be complete.
Conceptual rendering have recently been released for the project dubbed the “Riverwalk for Locals.” In the future, you’ll be able to walk from the new H-E-B Flores Market to the creek to enjoy a picnic lunch. Columbus Park, at the project area’s northernmost point, will be more connected to its surroundings instead of green dead-end. Market Square will have a stronger connection to the Southside, as the creek will provide a safe, separated pedestrian thoroughfare.
“There are wonderful placemaking opportunities for local San Antonians as well as visitors,” DiGiovanni said Tuesday. “When you look at the physical nature and the number of assets that exist up and down the cultural district, there are plenty of aspects to build off of.”
The creek will play directly into the area’s Zona Cultural. The City and Centro are seeking its official designation as a cultural district, so the area can be eligible for state funds through the Texas Commission on the Arts.
While there are nearby residential projects and neighborhoods that will benefit, “what we have to do is be practical about viable businesses” and uses that fit best directly on the creek and enhance opportunities for growth, DiGiovanni said.
Current downtown residents of Alteza above the Grand Hyatt and other neighboring communities will have a front row seat as San Antonio continues to becomes a world-class destination showcasing innovative and engaging urban design. It’s like being a resident of New York City and watching Central Park become a reality. Construction begins May 2016, with completion on the initial downtown phase in May 2018.