San Antonio: SARA Seeks Permit on Phase 3 of San Pedro Creek
Feature Illustration: A concept rendering of the Phase 3 segment of the San Pedro Creek Cultural Park, with native grasses, a more natural weir dam system, and pedestrian pathway. Source: San Antonio River Authority.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The project team on the San Antonio River Authority’s San Pedro Creek improvement project is requesting permission to proceed with the final segment, Phase 3.
The granting of a Certificate of Appropriateness request is pending before the Historic and Design Review Commission, and is expected to be approved Wednesday.
Phase 3 of the San Pedro Creek Cultural Park–a miles-long linear park and flood control improvement project–spans from the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge to the Apache-Alazan Creek at Interstate 35.
The site plan for the Phase 3 section of the San Pedro Creek Cultural Park.
Unlike Phases 1 and 2, which improved the creek within the downtown district and focused more on recreational uses, public art and integrating the creek into the culturally significant landmarks along its path, Phase 3 design has focused more on restoring natural habitat.
The design team has proposed landscaping, pedestrian paths, pedestrian scale lighting, and wayfinding signage. The construction documents are at 100% completion.
Representing SARA before the HDRC is John Mize of the local architectural firm Ford, Powell & Carson. The SARA design team provided detailed construction documents noting the locations and material specifications for infrastructure improvements, such as site paving, flood control, and low impact development features, among other elements.
Ford, Powell & Carson collaborated with HDR and Rialto Studio Landscape Architecture on this project.
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