A WALK IN THE PARK

Creekside hike-and-bike trail and amphitheater opens on Northwest Side

Creekside hike-and-bike trail and amphitheater opens on Northwest Side

Amphitheater at Maverick Creek Greenway Trail San Antonio
The new trail includes an amphitheater, as well as other outdoor recreational areas. Courtesy of San Antonio Parks and Recreation/Facebook
Maverick Creek Greenway Trail San Antonio
The new trail stretches nearly a mile along Maverick Creek. Courtesy of San Antonio Parks and Recreation/Facebook
Amphitheater at Maverick Creek Greenway Trail San Antonio
Maverick Creek Greenway Trail San Antonio

San Antonians now have access to a new segment of the Greenway Trails System that’s been in the works since 2018.

San Antonio Parks and Recreation announced this week that the Maverick Creek Greenway Trail is now open, expanding the Greenway Trails System with nearly a mile of walkable and bikeable path.

The trailhead is located at 13620 Babcock Rd., with the .7-mile trail running along Maverick Creek down Babcock Road between UTSA Boulevard and Hausman Road, eventually connecting with the Leon Creek Greenway.

The new trail, which the parks and rec department began construction on last summer, includes a stone-bedecked outdoor amphitheater, as well as playgrounds, restrooms, and a water fountain.

With the trail opening, San Antonio Parks and Recreation also notes that despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent lifting of the mask mandate, “face coverings will continue to be required in City of San Antonio facilities,” including the more than 250 city-owned parks the department operates and maintains.

The new trail is one of several green spaces opening recently or planned for San Antonio. In February, the city revealed construction would begin this fall on Civic Park, the biggest of a three-park project for the Hemisfair urban park district. And thanks to a $1 million donation, the Hemisfair is also adding Peggy Mays Garden, with construction on that project starting in late 2021.

Perhaps the most significant of park projects planned for San Antonio is the 100-mile network of trails known as the Great Springs Project, which will connect San Antonio to Austin along the area’s waterways. That project is expected to be completed by 2036. The Great Springs Trail Plan is expected to be completed by this summer or fall.