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County approves $60 million for another leg of San Pedro Creek park to include plaza, mural

December 5, 2018

Bexar County on Tuesday advanced its ambitious plan to revitalize San Pedro Creek, devoting another $60 million to extend the new downtown park by three blocks.

Plans for the next leg — called “Phase 1.2” — include an outdoor event venue near the Alameda Theater, a large mural behind the Spanish Governor’s Palace and a water wall. Officials initially planned for the extension to be ready by 2020, but they revised their goal Tuesday to March 2021.

The county’s four-phase plan to renovate the creek was first approved with $125 million in 2013 as a way to develop the western section of downtown and control flooding. The first portion of the park opened in May between Santa Rosa and Houston streets.

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Commissioner Paul Elizondo said the project presented a rare opportunity — not many cities have a drainage ditch running through downtown, he joked. The park helps restore a part of town that he said was lost to urban renewal and the diverted creek.

“It’s an opportunity to regenerate, vigorously, that particular historic area of our home,” Elizondo said.

Much of the money approved Tuesday had already been budgeted for, according to the San Antonio River Authority, which is managing the project. New funds made up about $16 million of the package and will come from federal reimbursements for the Mission Reach projects.

The total cost of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park is roughly $178 million thus far, officials said.

Read more on where the extension will take the park on ExpressNews.com.

Dylan McGuinness covers local politics and the Bexar County government for the Express-News. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dylan.mcguinness@express-news.net  | Twitter: @DylMcGuinness

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