Museum Reach

Bats In San Antonio
3:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bat Education On Museum Reach Reveals Different Eating Patterns For Bachelor Bats

The bat colony underneath I-35 at Camden Street is a bachelor colony, where bats have a somewhat different feeding habit than in the Bracken Cave, where ten million bats leave at the same time each night.
Credit San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is again offering its bat educational program on the Museum Reach to raise awareness about the bats’ relationship to our environment. 

This is the SARA’s fifth year for "Bat Loco," an informational program that coincides with the bats’ colonization after their return to South Texas from Mexico.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
7:43 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Artists Who Gave The Museum Reach Its Flair: Part 2 & The Big Finish!

The Grotto
Jack Morgan

It’s already been half a decade since the Museum Reach stretch of the San Antonio River opened to the public. We've been looking at the downtown side of the Reach, but today we move to the far end.

As you take the river barge north of Jones Street, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and round the bend, you come across the Museum Reach’s most talked-about installation. It’s called F.I.S.H.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
7:41 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Artists Who Gave The Museum Reach Its Flair: Part 1

Rippling Shadows, by ROLANDO BRISEÑO
Mark Menjivar

At the very southern end of the Museum Reach sits the Lexington Avenue bridge and under that bridge is the first art installation, that of British artist Martin Richman. I reached him in London’s East End where he lives.

His art installation was a series of colored, dichroic plastic rectangles suspended under the bridge. They move in the breeze, and the lights that shine on them is reflected into the undulating water underneath the bridge. At night it’s just dazzling.

"So in a way the whole thing becomes this lively space of light and color," said Richman.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
6:09 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Early On, Cockrell Fought To Keep Locks In Mission Reach Plans

Upstream from Brooklyn Bridge 7 years ago/June 10, 2014
John Mize/Jack Morgan

Looking at the Museum Reach today, it’s hard to even imagine the way it looked eight years ago.

"It was a trapezoidal ditch, with a very little water that ran down the middle of it," said architect Irby Hightower, who co-chaired the San Antonio River Oversight Committee with former Mayor Lila Cockrell.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
5:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Museum Reach: Flood Control Disguised As A Park

Eileen Pace TPR

With great fanfare on May 30, 2009, the Museum Reach stretch of the River Walk opened to the public.  But as interesting as the Museum Reach is, the story of how it came about is equally so. 

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
11:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

How City Leaders Turned A Grand Vision Into Reality On The Museum Reach

F.I.S.H. underneath IH-35.
Eileen Pace TPR

Five years have passed since the Museum Reach stretch of the River Walk, which starts at the Pearl development and flows down to the Lexington Street bridge, right next to the new Tobin Center, was opened to the public. Beginning today, a series on the art-filled, artfully-executed area.

On May 30, 2009, thousands gathered on and around Brooklyn Avenue bridge in downtown San Antonio for the ceremonial opening of the Museum Reach—the completely re-imagined stretch of the San Antonio River.

The 1.3 miles of the river looked nothing like it did just four years before. 

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Environment
11:27 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Museum Reach Oil Spill Declared Minor, Area Wildlife Not Affected

Officials say wildlife on the San Antonio River were unaffected by the oil spill washed into the San Antonio River by heavy rains on April 27.
Eileen Pace TPR

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.

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Museum Reach
3:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

TCEQ Confident It Will Find Source Of Museum Reach Oil Spill

Oil-soaked berms, which line the landscaping to prevent mulch and other items from washing into the river, will be replaced.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

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Museum Reach
4:06 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Updated: Oil Spill Flows Into San Antonio River Near Museum Reach

Site along Museum Reach where oil washed into the river.
Eileen Pace TPR

Update: (May 3 12:08 p.m.) The test results found that the oil is petroleum based, but SARA still doesn't know where the oil originated.

The TCEQ and SARA have agreed that they will share the cost of restoring the vegetation and grass in the affected areas.

Update: (May 3, 9:45 a.m.) Still no word on the sample results from SARA or the TCEQ.

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Museum Reach
2:22 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Museum Reach Re-Opens Under F.I.S.H. Exhibit

After wind damaged the art installation, SARA cleaned up the debris and reopened the stretch of Museum Reach.
Eileen Pace TPR

The closed section of the Riverwalk on Museum Reach has been re-opened to the public. When the F.I.S.H. art installation was damaged in Monday’s windstorms, the San Antonio River Authority had to close the section of trails under the I-35 overpass.

On Tuesday crews cleaned up fallen debris from the broken F.I.S.H. and partially re-opening of one side of the river.

Wednesday, SARA re-opened the east bank of the River, noting that it may have to be closed again temporarily when repairs get underway.

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