Westside Creeks Restoration Project
Bienvenidos! The Westside Creeks Restoration Project is a community-based planning effort initiated in 2008 by the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). Its mission is to 1) develop concepts for restoring the environmental condition of the Alazán, Apache, Martínez, and San Pedro Creeks, 2) maintain the current flood control components of these creeks, and 3) provide increased opportunities for people to enjoy these urban creeks.
The Conceptual Plan was approved by the SARA Board of Directors in June 2011 and includes concepts for maintaining and enhancing flood control, ecosystem restoration, and recreational improvements, and economic development opportunities along the Westside Creeks. Once implemented, the project will provide increased opportunities for the creeks in the city’s urban core and will be enjoyed by people from all walks of life and all parts of the county.
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The Westside Creeks Restoration Project focuses on restoring the creeks in such a way that keeps with and enhances the rich historical and cultural background of the community. The project seeks to incorporate key historical cultural features into the design of the project in order to reflect the community and frame the project.
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The project includes a significant public involvement effort led by an oversight committee comprised of two co-chairs and community leaders representing 20 organizations throughout the city and the city’s Westside. The public involvement efforts for the conceptual plan lead to the conceptual design for each of the creeks.
Over 400 people participated in three community workshops and a weeklong Stakeholders’ Workshop geared towards setting the vision and establishing priorities for the future of Alazán, Apache, Martínez, and San Pedro Creeks.
These workshops included maps of each of the creeks and encouraged participants to identify opportunities for amenities such as parks, hike/bike trails, and recreational facilities along each of the four Westside Creeks. Kids also participated through games and activities including a Crawdad Touch Tank, drawing activities, and a trivia scavenger hunt.
Public involvement will continue to guide the direction of the project as funding options are explored.