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.