The Elmendorf Lake Park Improvements Project was approved by the voters in 2012 through the passage of the City of San Antonio's 2012 bond. With additional support from Bexar County and Commissioner Paul Elizondo, the total improvements project budget is $14.25 million and extends from 19th Street to Commerce Street. The improvements will include additional bridge crossings onto the island and across the lake, a pier, trails, picnic areas throughout the park and an improved plaza for large gatherings. In addition to the recreation elements, lake fountains and aeration bubblers, rain gardens and bio-swales will help improve water quality.
The San Antonio River Authority serves as the project manager for the development of the planned improvements and will manage the design and construction of these projects in order to ensure that they are consistent with the overall Westside Creeks Restoration Project plans and timelines. The team of Terra Design Group and Arcadis will lead the effort through the completion of design.
The design process kicked off in March 2013 with a series of three public workshops which had the goals of engaging the community in park design by prioritizing community input and ultimately finalize a preferred park schematic design.
- March 2013 – March 2015: Design Phase
- Workshop No. 1 Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at Rodriguez Elementary School
- Public Meeting Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at OLLU Library Location
- Workshop No. 2 Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at Rodriguez Elementary School
- Workshop No. 3 Monday, May 13th, 2013 at Rodriguez Elementary School
- April 2015 – December 2016: Construction Phase
- Open House: September 4, 2014
- Final Park Design
- January 21, 2017: Grand Opening