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5 Years Later, Mission Reach Thrives Along San Antonio River

Courtesy San Antonio River Authority

Situated on 8 miles of water and woodland, the San Antonio River's Mission Reach segment was developed through years of community-wide efforts. 

The Mission Reach Ecosystem Recreation and Restorationproject opened to the public on October 2013after three phasesof planned development. Construction began in 2008 and the undertaking cost an estimated $271 million. 

The area is now known for its hike and bike trails, as well as a paddling trailfor canoes and kayaks on the water. Taking an adaptive approach to the natural environment, the river's revival also considered plants and animals native to the area.

An avian studyspecific to the Mission Reach currently maps out how bird species are populating restored habitats. What has changed in the last 5 years for local wildlife?   

From early irrigation channels to managing flood control and becoming a public space for recreation, how has the area evolved?

How can visitors and residents learn more about the historic missions while creating new experiences with the San Antonio River? 

The San Antonio River Authority is hosting a photo contest in recognition of the Mission Reach's 5th anniversary. The voting period ends Nov. 2, 2018.


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