The Mission Reach continues with its massive, multi-year transformation. I was there Friday morning to get an update after heavy overnight rains had swollen the river. The artist who is creating the artfully imagined portal at Mission Concepción is Stacy Levy.
“This park lies right between the San Antonio River and Mission Concepción," she said. "So my job is to create a place that is talking about both the river and the mission.”
The installation is massive: nearly 200 ft. long and 90 ft. wide.
In spite of their emotional pleas, residents of the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park will be forced to move to make room for a $75 million development. Many people who spoke struck a chord with several council members and the mayor Thursday.
When it came time for the vote, Mayor Julián Castro reversed course from his usual push for progress. He said he could not support a zoning request to make the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park, located on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River, a mixed-use development for shops and apartments.
Earlier in the month a jet fuel spill from the Calumet Specialty Products refinery left the community asking questions about the safety of the plant. The second in two months, the operator announced changes to the railcar loading area and other upgrades to prevent future spills.
Investigators are looking into a weekend fuel spill that shut down paddling trails on the San Antonio River. Oil booms were still in place along the Mission Reach Monday, but parts of the river closed Saturday were open again.
The good thing is the spill was small and no wildlife were harmed, but this is the second spill at the Calumet refinery, which produces ultra-low sulfur diesel, naptha, specialty solvents, vacuum gas and jet fuel, the product that spilled on the ground and into a San Antonio River tributary late Friday evening.
The San Antonio River Authority is inviting members of the community who are interested in watershed preservation to join its new volunteer program "Watershed Wise Warriors."
The call is going out for volunteers in the counties of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad. It’s the first time SARA has called for an ongoing volunteer bank for its activities. Spokesman Steven Schauer said the "warriors" are needed for the not-so-sexy jobs.
San Antonio’s historic Franciscan Missions could join the ranks of the Pyramids of Egypt and the Grand Canyon as the most cherished and visited landmarks on Earth. The missions are being considered as U.N. World Heritage Sites.
But a problem with Palestine, UNESCO and U.S. foreign policy is standing in the way.
In late October the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to admit Palestine as a member state. The U.S., which has long opposed recognition, promptly stopped paying dues and subsequently lost its voting rights in the organization.
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.