World Class Linear Park
The first segment of the much-anticipated San Pedro Creek Culture Park – a one-of-a-kind urban greenspace located on the western edge of downtown San Antonio – officially debuted to the public on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The world-class linear park is the result of a joint effort by Bexar County, the San Antonio River Authority and the City of San Antonio to transform San Pedro Creek into a restored natural creek habitat and greenspace. Combining purpose with beauty, San Pedro Creek Culture Park weaves public art and architectural design into historic preservation, flood control, water quality and ecosystem restoration.
The first segment of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park (Phase 1.1) begins with the San Pedro Creek Flood Tunnel Inlet where you’ll find the stunning Plaza de Fundación and its incredible “Rain from the Heavens” public art installation. Custom tile work adorns the surrounding 12 Generational Benches of the Plaza de Fundación as well as at various other locations throughout the Culture Park. Also found in Phase 1.1 are four large-scale tile murals and other artwork that represent the history and culture of this historic creek.
The Plaza de Fundación invites visitors to cool their feet in the waters of San Pedro Creek. Visitors may enjoy shallow wading through the ankle deep waters of the Plaza de Fundación, enjoying the creek water as they contemplate the history of our community in the beautiful surroundings of the Culture Park and modern-day downtown San Antonio. Swimming is not allowed in any location of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park per city code section 22-87. The San Pedro Creek is urban creek environment where there is a risk of pollutants from non-treated stormwater entering into the creek when it rains and remaining in the water for some time after the rain event. Although the water quality is perfect for fish, plants and other aquatic species, it is not fit for drinking or swallowing.
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) conducts weekly water quality tests of the Plaza de Fundación. You can plan your visit to the San Pedro Creek Culture Park by viewing this publically accessible water quality information on SARA’s website. SARA also regularly hosts events and special activities in the San Pedro Creek Culture Park, and you can use the Events page as you plan your visit to get the details about upcoming events and activities. To learn more about the murals and other art pieces along the San Pedro Creek Culture Park, please utilize the interactive map to help plan your visit.
With seasonally evolving natural habitats and landscaping, permanent and temporary art displays and an ever changing listing of special events and activities, there will always be something new and exciting to see and enjoy at the San Pedro Creek Culture Park. When you visit the park, you can enhance your experience by listening to an audio tour on the San Pedro Creek Culture Park mobile app. The app allows you to choose exactly which types of stops you want to learn more about. Go to the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store to download the San Pedro Creek Culture Park mobile app today and start planning your next trip to the San Pedro Creek Culture Park!