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CITY BOND WATCH: Park and Drainage Projects Improving Communities

The city of San Antonio recently marked the end of two drainage and park improvement projects designed to enhance existing neighborhoods and newer development efforts on the city’s near and far West Sides.  City and Bexar County officials came together on Feb. 29 to celebrate completion of improvements at Woodlawn Lake Park and for Phase I of the Seeling Channel project. The start of additional drainage improvements as part of Phase II for the Seeling Channel project was also celebrated. All improvements are made possible through the city’s 2007 and 2012 bond programs.

Improvements at Woodlawn Lake Park included the replacement of the asphalt loop trail around the lake, tying into the Seeling Channel pedestrian bridge and trail. New drinking fountains, accessible tables and benches were also installed along the trail. The $1 million project was designed by TBG Partners, and built by Crownhill Builders Inc.  “The city’s bond programs enable a variety of infrastructure related improvements to be completed that will enhance our community for years to come,” said District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina in a news release. “Today, we celebrated park and drainage improvements at and around Woodlawn Lake Park that will not only improve park amenities, but also improve drainage by removing numerous properties from the floodplain.”

Park Improvements at Woodlawn Lake
Park Improvements at Woodlawn Lake

Improvements for Phase I of the Seeling Channel Project included raising the capacity of the channel from Woodlawn Lake to Wilson Street. A dedicated pedestrian bridge was constructed, as well as a new vehicular bridge. An additional trail, a new pavilion with accessible tables and benches were also built west of the bridge improvements.  Approximately 60 properties were removed from the floodplain as a result of these upgrades. Phase I was funded by the 2007 bond issue, was designed by AECOM, and was constructed by Laughlin-Thyssen Inc.  Improvements for Phase II of the Seeling Channel project will include reconstruction of the channel near Wilson to Morning Glory and reconstruction of the roadway, north of the channel, throughout the project limits. Approximately 100 properties will be removed from the floodplain when these improvements are finished. Phase II is supported by the 2012 bond issue, is also designed by AECOM, and is currently under construction by Quest Civil Constructors.

“Bexar County Commissioners Court is very aware of how this area is in dire need of flood control relief,” Precinct 2 County Commissioner Paul Elizondo said in a press release.  “We were very happy to step up to the plate and help fund this project with the county’s overall flood control program.”  The overall goal of the Seeling Channel projects is to reduce the 100-year floodplain in the area, which has had a history of flooding over the years. The budget for Phase I and Phase II is approximately $43.6 million, of which the county contributed $4 million.

Three days earlier, District 6 City Councilman Ray Lopez and city officials marked the completion of improvements for the Mountain View Estates drainage project, which received $3 million from the city’s 2012 bond program.  “We appreciate the community’s support of our city bond programs, which provides an avenue to complete much needed infrastructure improvements within our city,” Lopez said in the release. “The drainage improvements celebrated today should provide more peaceful nights to the residents who live in the Mountain View Estates area.”  Improvements as part of this project included the installation of an underground drainage system that ties into an existing box culvert system on Rogers Road and outfalls into a tributary of Culebra Creek. These improvements will help to resolve flooding issues in the Mountain View Estates area.  The project was designed by KFW Engineers and Surveying, and was built by RL Jones.

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