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.
The San Antonio River Authority’s real estate team is meeting with residents of the Espada neighborhood that was flooded during the torrential rainstorm in late May. Bexar County Commissioners are hoping there is something they can do to help the residents get re-settled.
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' report released this week found that the Mission Reach Project did not cause the devastating flood that poured four feet of water into some of the homes of the Espada neighborhood.
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.
As the investigation continues into the cause of the oil spill that heavy rains carried into the San Antonio River on the final Saturday of Fiesta last month, officials say the spill has been remediated and restoration is almost complete.
They said it was a perfect storm: An unknown amount of oil spilling into the street during Fiesta, when hundreds of cars had driven up and down Broadway, and a heavy rain that washed everything down the hill on 10th Street and into the river along the east bank of the Museum Reach.
Several agencies are now investigating an oil spill that flowed into the San Antonio River at 10th Street last weekend.
So much rain came down over the weekend and Monday that it is difficult for the agencies to measure the amount of oil that washed down Avenue B to 10th Street, over the berms, through the grass, and into the river.
Tests by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have determined that the spill was petroleum oil.
(Update: 12:35 p.m.) Staffers have cleaned up the fallen pieces and SARA now says they have re-opened the west bank side of the river.
The other side -- the wider east bank of the river -- is still closed so that crews with equipment can access the sculptures for assessment and repair. Visitors can use the stairways to go up to street level and back down again on the other side.
The damage noted by SARA: One of the fish fell down completely, one is barely hanging on and some of the other seven-foot-long sculptures were broken apart by the winds.