Escondido Creek Parkway project making progress

San Antonio River Foundation representatives Estela Avery, executive director, and members of her staff, Shana Avery, Kelley Phillips, Frates Seelisgon, Brice Moczygemba and Stuart Johnson, gather with Gaylon Oehlke, San Antonio River Authority director, Ward Thomas, San Antonio River Foundation director and Dr. James Fuller, director of SARA and SARF on the Escondido Creek Parkway on Monday, Sept. 19.

KENEDY – The San Antonio River Authority and many community members have been hard at work making way for the Escondido Creek Parkway project.

After years of anticipation, the Escondido Creek project is finally underway and making progress.

Once completed, this linear park will span from Fifth Street and connect all the way to Joe Gulley Park. Plans show that it will feature a walking trail, hike and bike trails leading under U.S. Highway 181, a playground, picnic units, pavilion and more.

These state of the art amenities will benefit all members of the community, including children who will not only have a safe walking path that will allow them to cross under U.S. Highway 181, but will have a well maintained area to play and ride their bikes.

When entering Kenedy, tourists and locals alike will be treated to a beautiful view of the bridge, where the Escondido Creek water features and fresh greenery will be highly visible. With U.S. Highway 181 passing directly over Escondido Creek Parkway, travelers will be able to stop for a rest, a picnic lunch, or just to take the opportunity to look at the beautiful park.

“Escondido Creek will leave a lasting impression on those passing through and will be the face of Kenedy by providing locals with a priceless addition to our city,” said Kenedy Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Hannah James. “In light of this progress, the Kenedy Chamber of Commerce would like to show our support for the community project that will increase tourism and will give locals a place to congregate, play and celebrate.”

The Kenedy Chamber will be making a monetary donation to assist with the progression of Escondido Creek Parkway, and they encourage the community to become involved and educated regarding this project.

“We would like to take a moment to thank the San Antonio River Authority and the local driving forces behind the Escondido Creek Parkway,” added James. “Their hard work and persistence will provide Kenedy with a renewed sense of pride and a beautiful green space for all of Karnes County to enjoy.”

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