More about the Riverwalk

After reading the responses of last week’s short Riverwalk post, I decided to give another virtual tour of this landmark of San Antonio.

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The Riverwalk is the network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River. Unlike river walks in other cities, this riverwalk is one level beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio.

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The most busy area is where it’s lined with bars, shops, and restaurants.

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The crew starts the cleaning up in the early morning. A major mud clean-up project for the entire RW is always scheduled in the mid of January every other year:

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Beautifying the RW is a continuous effort.

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The San Antonio River (1886) painting by Robert J. Onderdonk at the San Antonio Museum of Art:

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Most of these photos were taken in a quiet morning with iPhone 6 + and the 0.45x Super Wide Angle Lens.

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Notes:

  • San Antonio native and architect Robert Hugman‘s proposal was different from others. He wanted a flood gate at the northern (upstream) end of the bend, a small dam at the southern (downstream) end of the bend, and a Tainter gate in the channel to regulate flow; additionally, the bend would then be surrounded by commercial development, which he titled “The Shops of Aragon and Romula”.

  • In 2008, the city approved $15 million to improve the pathway, lighting, stairs, and landscape.

  • On May 30, 2009 the city opened the $72 million Museum Reach, including the parks and public art along the meandering San Antonio River links several downtown historic, commercial and cultural institutions and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

  • May 2011, the River Walk presented a new extension to Mission Espada.

Thank you for taking a tour here! 🙂

 

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