The current restoration will bring back the river’s natural environments and aquatic habitat, as well as add more than 23,000 new trees and hundreds of acres of native grasses and wildflowers. Features also will include hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking to reconnect people with the river.
By cultivating this drainage channel back into a functioning part of the San Antonio River, San Antonio is becoming a world leader in urban ecosystem restoration. Representatives of cities from Canada, China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea and Taiwan have visited the Mission Reach in the spirit of recapturing aspects of the project for their own communities.
With a total investment of $358.3 million, the San Antonio River Improvements Project provides potential for further economic development. Improving the function and landscape of this traditionally economically challenged section of San Antonio will hopefully inspire further development and improve the quality of life for surrounding residents. It also provides another offering for San Antonio’s highly successful tourism industry; the restoration links four 18th century missions, the largest collection of Spanish colonial architecture in North America.
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