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Mission Reach Opens Paddling, Two Popular City Parks

San Antonio River Authority

On Tuesday, Bexar County officials announced the opening of another section of the Mission Reach. The new section will be ready for use just in time for Easter celebrations.

The new 2 mile section of Mission Reach from Padre Park to Mission San Juan will offer more hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities for river enthusiasts.

San Antonio River Authority General Manager Suzanne Scott said two popular city parks that have been closed for some time can be used again.  

"Acequia Park and Espada Park have been closed since we've been under construction and now they'll be open again, and I think that will be wonderful to bring families back down again to the river in those sections. There's new picnic tables and barbecue facilities and there's a nice, beautiful pavilion," Scott said. 

The new section connects six miles of contiguous hike and bike trails from Blue Star, including a section of the historic Acequia.

Scott said paddlers will find they can use several sections of the river, which is wider at this point, but they will have to get in and out a couple of times on the way to San Juan.