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Large Section Of Mission Reach Re-Opened To public

Paul Flahive

On Monday the San Antonio River Authority re-opened a part of the Mission Reach trails damaged in last month’s floods.

The section opened runs from VFW Boulevard to Mission Road.

SARA had to close portions of the Mission Reach after large sections of soil washed out from under the trails, creating a dangerous situation for pedestrians and cyclists.

Gloria Rodriguez, who is in SARA’s Community Relations Department said some of those areas in the project have been repaired and are ready for exploring again.

"We've been working really hard, and our crews have been working really hard out there to get that open as soon as possible and there are still portions of it that are shut down. But we were able to open a large portion of it from VFW Blvd. to Mission Road on the East Bank," Rodriguez said. 

Pedestrians and cyclists will find a few sections on the East Bank are still closed, even along the re-opened area, but Rodriguez said there is connectivity through the nearby Acequia Trail and the West Bank is still closed almost the length of the trail.

The river reach suffered extensive damage in the May 25 flooding, both through erosion and loss of vegetation. SARA is asking guests on the river to stay out of areas that are still closed, for safety reasons. 

*Sections of the trails still closed are marked in red. Green lines along the East Bank show open areas. 

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.