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Greenline Park To Get Mission Reach Extension

A southeast side park is about to grow, and in so doing provide a great link for hikers and bicyclists. Connie Gonzalez, Brooks Director of Strategy and Community Relations, describes a fairly new park that you may not know about: The 43-acre Greenline.

"An awesome piece of green space that we were super excited to be able to add to the Brooks campus," she said.

What was once known as Brooks Air Force Base has been repurposed and is now known as just Brooks. The Greenline Park is on its west side. 

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"The trail and the Greenline is just about a mile and a half. And it stops just before you get to Old Corpus Christi Road,” Gonzalez said. “There is no pedestrian connection from the trail system to the Mission Reach."

That's the way it stands now, but that's all about to change. Additional land has been added to the park giving it a key connection to one of San Antonio's huge natural assets.

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Greenline Park Extension map

"It'll be about 1,200 feet long connecting from the Greenline Park to the Mission Reach," she said.

The $1.4 million addition is a collaborative effort between Brooks and other players.

"We had to work with the county and the San Antonio River Authority to make that connection. And we also had to work with the railroad because it does pass through the railroad area," she said.

They're building a small tunnel under the railroad tracks that cross the new trails. The lion's share of the project was funded by the county two years ago, but the actual construction just began in July. Gonzalez said completion should be in about a year.

"Just in time for the beautiful fall weather in 2021 we hope to see plenty of people walking and biking along that extension," she said. 

She said that while the new portion extends from Brooks, it's not just for those who live there.

"Even if you don't live or work on the actual Brooks Campus, we hope the surrounding neighborhoods and those residents are able to take advantage of this new amenity," she said.

Jack Morgan can be reached at Jack@TPR.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii.

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