San Antonio bond project could bring new park to medical center

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A proposed 2022-2027 bond project could bring a new $ 6.4 million park to the San Antonio Medical Center area. The 16-acre park would be located along Huebner Creek, near Babcock Road and Floyd Curl Green Street.

Elaine Kearney, landscape architect at TPG Partners, spoke about the city’s recommended project during the 2022-2027 Parks and Recreation Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 16. She told MySA that she represented the presentation on her behalf, the San Antonio Medical Foundation. and the Alliance of Medical Centers.

The three organizations have worked with the City of San Antonio over the years to develop a master plan for the medical center area. The team is the same who helped make the 1.8-mile green Floyd Curl Drive possible, which opened two years ago to add bike lanes, pedestrian facilities linked to off-site trails and trails. landscaping.

The 16-acre park would be located along Huebner Creek, near Babcock Road and Floyd Curl Green Street.

Billy Calzada, Staff / San Antonio Express-News

However, despite the Green Street, Kearney claims the medical center is San Antonio’s No.1 area with a 10-minute walk deficit from a park, according to Trust for Public Land – a nonprofit that uses a mapping tool to see where the parks are and where they live.

According to Kearney, the park would not only be connected to Green Street, but it would also form a connection between Green Street and the Howard Peak Greenway trail system. It would have picnic tables, a dog park, walking trails, benches, and a trailhead. The San Antonio Medical Foundation will also donate an acre of land for a trailhead and parking lot. It’s worth $ 850,000, Kearney says.


“The opportunity to really bring in a new park and a new green space, I think, would not only be an incredible convenience for the people who live in the medical center, but also in the days we are currently living with COVID being so stressful – it could help all first responders and people who work in healthcare get out and walk between shifts to improve their mental health, ”Kearney said.

The proposed plan was recommended by city council as a project to be used with the obligation of over $ 1.2 billion for 2022-2027. City staff have recommended spending $ 274.3 million on parks, recreation and open spaces (including $ 110 million for Greenway trails).

“We have partnered with CoSA (City of San Antonio) for 20 years to deliver approximately $ 100 million in infrastructure improvements at SAMC (San Antonio Medical Center), including Floyd Curl Greenstreet,” said Bill Balthrope of the South Texas Medical Alliance. “Tying these improvements to the park and trail system would provide a healthy and safe environment for residents and employees. “

The City of San Antonio worked with the San Antonio Medical Foundation and Medical Center Alliance to create Floyd Curl Green Street, a 1.8 mile trail along Floyd Curl.

The City of San Antonio worked with the San Antonio Medical Foundation and Medical Center Alliance to create Floyd Curl Green Street, a 1.8 mile trail along Floyd Curl.

Courtesy of the Alliance of Medical Centers

While the park is estimated at around $ 6.4 million, Kearney says the organizations are asking for just $ 3.5 million, as the San Antonio Medical Foundation and the Medical Center Alliance plan to contribute $ 1 million each for help advance park planning.

“A major theme of the medical center is health and fitness, although it currently lacks the facilities to achieve this,” said Jim Reed of the San Antonio Medical Foundation. “SA Tomorrow (a planning effort by a city-based agency to guide the city towards growth) recognized this and made connectivity and green spaces top priorities for the future.”

If funding is approved through the bond, Kearney says they plan to begin the design process in the summer of 2022. She says the park’s grand opening could take place no earlier than 2024 or more. 2025.




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