Completion of the final phase of the Mission Reach will be celebrated Saturday with a four-mile party along the San Antonio River.
Officials say the newest section of Riverwalk is especially fun for the outdoor enthusiasts.
Cyclists and hikers along the Mission Reach early Thursday morning took advantage of the quiet of the natural area at the same time last-minute construction was being completed in advance of Saturday’s grand opening.
Bexar County Commissioners have approved a budget of $1.6 billion for the coming fiscal year, which includes an increase of $2.5 million in record management funds -- things like fees for platting and marriage licenses.
The property tax rate did not increase, but Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff explained in court Tuesday morning that in good economic times when property values go up, taxpayers are often confused about why their tax bill is higher.
The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River is still closed today but maintenance crews are making progress.
San Antonio River Authority spokesman Steven Schauer said inspections of the Mission Reach began Saturday as soon as it was safe to go out. He said maintenance began over the holiday weekend, first cleaning up the Museum Reach and then turning attention to the Mission Reach, which suffered greater damage.
The San Antonio River Authority has secured the final approval it needs to move forward with a coordinated plan to develop the area in and around the Mission Reach.
Portions of the Mission Reach below Lone Star Blvd. to Loop 410 South opened to hikers and cyclists last year. Much like they’ve done on the Museum Reach north of downtown, SARA has been rebuilding the riparian habitat by installing native plants and other elements to encourage wildlife.
It’s still nearly a year before the Mission Reach is completed, but a new stretch is now open to the public. The San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County have added an additional 1.5 mile loop near Theo Avenue and a hike and bike bridge over Concepciόn Creek.
SARA General Manager Suzanne Scott said the $3.5 million restoration of this section of the river will include the planting of new trees.