SARA to host Escondido Creek Linear Park public meeting

This image shows a concept of a new recreational trail project presented by the San Antonio River Authority to City of Kenedy Leaders in 2012. A meeting is set for Jan. 26 to give local residents the chance to offer input into the design and function of the park.

Staff report

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and the City of Kenedy are hosting an Escondido Creek Linear Park public meeting to discuss the design of the park improvements with the community.

SARA is encouraging all members of the community to come out to learn more about the status of the project and provide input on the schematic design for the park.

The meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. and will happen at the City of Kenedy Auditorium located at 303 W. Main Street in Kenedy.

For questions or details about the Escondido Creek Linear Park public meeting, please contact Kristen Hansen at 1-866-345-7272.

Escondido Creek runs through the City of Kenedy and is a significant tributary in the southern basin of the San Antonio River Watershed. The Escondido Creek Linear Park Project, under U.S. Highway 181, will provide safe passage and recreational enjoyment for children and adults traveling between Fifth Street, near the center of Kenedy, and connecting Joe Gulley Park, on the west of Kenedy.

In October of 2012, the Kenedy City Council took action to put funding in place to begin what at that time was called the Escondido Creek Parkway.

Concept drawings presented at the meeting show a vision of a new recreational trail, more than a mile in length, designed to circle the banks of Escondido Creek from a trailhead adjacent to N. Fifth Street where it crosses Escondido Creek to a connection point near the creek just north of Joe Gulley Park.

Information presented at that time reflected the original concept with 3,500 linear feet of trail ith an estimated cost of $1.2 million, but a more recent revision of the concept includes 6,600 linear feet of trail.

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