It’s difficult to miss the massive fence with the sign “Leon Creek Greenway: Coming 2021” as you enter Eisenhower Park. According to Brandon Ross of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System, the new 2-mile paved trail between Eisenhower Park and the Rim should be open to the public by the end of September.
On November 6, he says, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to commemorate the new trail’s junction of two key greenways — Leon Creek and Salado Creek.
Ross says that “Leon and Salado will essentially connect at Eisenhower Park, and that’s a big deal. We’ve been working on this at the parks and recreation department for 15-plus years. To connect these two major pieces of the greenway trail is quite an accomplishment, so we’re proud of that, and we want to celebrate it.”
Presently, Leon Creek has 18 miles of paved multi-use trails with park connections. O.P. Schnabel Park, Bamberger Nature Park, Cathedral Rock Park, Pearsall Park, Earl Scott Pond, and the University of Texas at San Antonio are all visible from the paths. It will run along Eisenhower Park’s southern edge, following the present Hillview path route.
From north of Loop 1604 to Rittiman Road, the Salado Creek Greenway stretches for 20 kilometers. It has asphalt and concrete multiuse recreational paths that connect to various parks, including Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Phil Hardberger, John James, and Southside Lions.
Both greenway paths are part of the 82-mile Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System that runs through San Antonio. There are around 50 major trailheads and neighborhood links across the city that provide access to the trail system.
The Leon Creek Greenway, Salado Creek Greenway, Westside Creeks, and Medina River Greenway are the four primary portions. Former Mayor Howard W. Peak was the driving force behind the creation of the greenways. According to the parks and recreation department, he aimed to establish a ring of hike-and-bike routes around the Alamo City along waterways.
Bicyclists (as well as avid walkers or runners) would be able to cover around 40 miles once the new trail is completed, according to Ross.