The San Pedro Creek Improvements Project‘s groundbreaking celebration – a unique collision of opera, ballet, and Native American dance and music – will take place on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Fox Tech High School. For those planning to attend, here’s some practical information and a brief rundown of events.
Rain or shine, the ceremony will be held on Fox Tech’s football field, San Antonio River Authority Project Manager Bridget Hinze told the Rivard Report Tuesday.
“We had an alternate plan to hold the event at the Tobin Center,” Hinze said. “But we had to make a decision on that and we didn’t see any rain in the forecast so we’re going ahead as planned.”
As far as parking, there are three options available. Attendees can park in the Finesilver Building parking lot, in the Vista Verde Bexar County parking lot, and in the City of San Antonio parking lot located under IH-35 next to the Vista Verde lot. (see image below)
There is one park-and-ride option available for the attendees who park in the Vista Verde and City of San Antonio lots.
In total, event coordinators estimate that there are 1,000 available parking spaces for the groundbreaking event spectators.
“We have 1,000 seats available for the (attendees),” Hinze said. “After that, it’s standing room only.”
The San Pedro Creek Improvements Project, which will eventually transform more than two miles of the creek into a linear park, has been of key interest to a number of city residents and stakeholders over the past few years.
The long-awaited groundbreaking of Phase 1 is likely to draw a large amount of guests, so attendees should be sure to get there early enough to get a seat and experience the evening’s program, which will include speeches by Mayor Ivy Taylor, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, County Commissioner Paul Elizondo (Pct. 2), and Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1).
The heart of the celebration, however, will lie in the performance of the first act of John Phillip Santos’ Las Fundaciones de Béjar, a multilingual mythical opera that portrays the history and legacy of San Pedro Creek.
The event is free and open to the public.
Top image: A portion of San Pedro Creek underneath Nueva Street near the Bexar County Courthouse property. Rendering courtesy of Muñoz & Co.