The Westside Creeks Restoration Project includes approximately 3.83 miles of Apache Creek. Apache Creek, also known as the Charquito de los Apaches, starts at Elmendorf Lake near the campus of Our Lady of the Lake University and runs southeast near Avenida Guadalupe and several schools including Lanier High School. Several parks run along Apache Creek including Amistad Park, Cassiano Park, Apache Creek Park, Elmendorf Lake Park, and Rosedale Park.
Cassiano Park is one of the largest parks along Apache Creek. The land included in Cassiano Park was first acquired by the City of San Antonio in 1898 and other property was added in 1936. In the early 20th century, when the park playground was still under construction, several local Hispanic organizations petitioned the City Council in May 1918 to name it in honor of Frank Cassiano. A descendant of pioneer San Antonio businessman Jose Cassiano who also helped finance the Texas Revolution, Frank Cassiano was a leader in the civic and political life of San Antonio for 30 years.
In 2003, the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducted an Environmental Design Charrette. A team was assigned to the area around Apache Creek and sought to combine neighborhood redevelopment with improvements to Apache Creek/Elmendorf Lake between South Zarzamora and Rosedale Park. The team proposed removal of houses and some commercial structures at the edge of the creek to allow wider, more gradually sloping enhanced, landscaping of the banks in some areas, thus improving the retention and natural filtration of runoff and creating a more park-like environment. The team asked for new parkways to be built parallel to the creek to increase public access and passive surveillance, to use the creek as an opportunity to link rather than divide the neighborhood, and to create sites for about 1,600 new housing units in courtyard configurations.
Resources along Apache Creek
Some of the resources and opportunities along Apache Creek include:
- Our Lady of the Lake University
- Cassiano Park
- Elmendorf Lake Park
- Rosedale Park
- Plaza Guadalupe
- Avenida Guadalupe Association
- San Anto Cultural Arts
- Texas Diabetes Institute
- Making Connections