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New Trailheads on tap for Greenway Trails

26 Nov 2016

The Howard W. Peak Greenway System expansion added new trailheads, including a newly completed trail on the south side and new ones on the drawing board. Here's recap of the San Antonio's newest trailheads:

Blossom Park: Located on Heimer Road near U. S. 281 north, this trail will follow Lorence Creek to where it flows into Mud Creek at McAllister Park where it will be tied into Salado Creek North Greenway. Blossom Park is located next to Omar Bradley Middle School and is named in honor of the late Virgil T. Blossom, superintendent of the Northeast ISD. Blossom is known historically for drawing up the "Blossom Plan" that called for integrating Little Rock public schools in the 1950s despite opposition from Arkansas Gov. Orville Faubus (D).

Cassiano Park: A new spur was completed in early summer 2016 to connect Cassiano Park to the Mission Reach Greenway near Mitchell St. The park was named after Jose Cassiano who helped finance the Texas Revolution in 1835.

Culebra Creek Park, Northwest Vista College: Several spurs will connect the Leon Creek greenway to these destinations on the west side.

Perez Park: A spur will connect Perez Park, located on Timber Path near Grissom Road, to the Leon Creek Greenway near the Grissom Road trailhead. The park was named for San Antonio Police Officer Oscar Perez, who was slain in the line of duty on 24 March 2000, at the age of 31.

Eisenhower Park: The park lies near I-10 and 1604 loop and is the site of where the Leon Creek and Salado Creek green ways will meet. This will give San Antonio a trail that will run from the Lackland AFB area to the Republic Golf Course. The park was named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R).

Mattox Park: A new path runs from Jim Mattox Park near the Mission Del Lago golf course on U. S. 281 south to Pleasanton Road. Construction is underway to connect the Pleasanton trailhead to a new extension of the Medina River Preserve greenway that begins at Palo Alto Road. Medina River is known for its switchbacks; two more switchbacks will be added to its connection to Pleasanton Road. Plans call for connecting Mattox trailhead to the Mission Reach-River Walk trail at San Francisco de la Espada Mission. Completion is expected in 2017. The park was named after Jim Mattox (D), a state representative who served from 1973 to 1976.

Olmos Park: A new segment is on bill for extending the River Walk north to Olmos Park located next to the University of Incarnate Word.

Republic Golf Course: The Salado Creek South trail will be expanded to the Republic Golf Course, located on W. W. White Road on the south side.

For more information, see City of San Antonio map.

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