On September 8, 2016 there was a big party featuring the San Antonio Symphony orchestra in downtown San Antonio, Texas to kick off a $175 million dollar creek restoration campaign that will essentially create a new and different river walk on San Pedro Creek, which flows across the western border of the downtown area.
The story of San Pedro Creek and the area’s historic significance will be brought to life by a huge cast of singers, dancers, and drummers.
“San Pedro Creek was a fundamental center in our community,” County Commissioner Paul Elizondo said. “Downtown was our playground and our mall during that era. At the creek, there were hundreds of things you could do as a kid. You know. Fish for crawdads. Fish for perch. We used to fish for perch,”.
The project, which will take place in four phases, will improve flood control, restore wildlife habitat, improve water quality and add acres of landscaped walkways.
Planners hope the improvements will draw people, and their money, to an area that has been ignored for generations. Some say it could rival eventually the city’s famous River Walk as an attraction.