Former San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak began working on the idea of a ring of hike and bike trails along city-owned creeks in the 1990’s. Voters approved a series of sales tax initiatives in 200, 2005, and in 2010 that have funded nearly 80 miles of trails.
The Salado Creek Greenway will stretch approximately 25 miles once it’s completed; currently, sections along the trail are under construction with estimated completion dates throughout 2014 and 2015. A 2.4-mile extension of the Salado Creek Greenway North from Hardberger Park to West Avenue, near Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park, just opened.
The greenway includes paved sections and a 3,400-foot boardwalk that runs along a Salado Creek wetland area.
The Greenway gives San Antonio visitors and residents an outdoor recreation space, and helps preserve sensitive land. But it also goes hand in hand with the boom Central San Antonio is experiencing. As more and more residents move into the center of San Antonio and try to reduce their use of cars, city officials hope that trails like the Greenway offer commuters who live and work centrally another option.