San Antonio: South Section of San Pedro Creek Project Gets Approval
Feature Illustration (above): Rendering of the San Pedro Creek linear park where it will connect with the new Federal Courthouse. Courtesy: Rialto Studio.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) is expected to receive approval today of its designs for the southernmost section of the San Pedro Creek project.
The Historic and Design Review Commission has put their request for a Certificate of Appropriateness on the combined consent agenda, following a thumbs up from the commission’s Design Review Committee.
This phase of the flood improvement and linear park project extends from 100 feet upstream of the Nueva Street Bridge on its north terminus to the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge, which is about 300 feet downstream of the South Alamo Street Bridge.
The boundaries of the San Pedro Creek linear park corridor, south section. Image: Google Earth.
SARA provided detailed construction documents noting the locations and variations of landscaping and hardscaping materials that are to be used throughout the proposed improvements.
The General Services Administration is going to construct a new federal courthouse alongside San Pedro Creek immediately south of the Nueva Street Bridge. SARA’s designs provide a broad staircase with landscaping that will link the courthouse grounds to the linear park.
On the south end of this section, another prominent access point will connect the linear park to the Ruby City art museum at 150 Camp Street, a landmark of the South Flores district.
The San Pedro Creek and Ruby City art museum connection. Image: Rialto Studio.
South of Ruby City, along the east pedestrian path of the linear park, SARA plans to construct public restroom facilities.
Another amenity included in the designs is a tent-style shade structure and wood deck at the south culvert.
The design team is comprised of Ford, Powell & Carson Inc., HDR, Rialto Studio, and Work5hop.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.