Wednesday, July 8, 2009

TA Editor Tours River Walk's New Extension

On May 30 the latest improvements to the famed San Antonio River Walk officially opened. Known as the "Museum Reach Urban Segment," the project extends the River Walk 1.3 miles north of downtown and includes new public accesses to the San Antonio Museum of Art and the new mixed-use development at the old Pearl Brewery.

Texas Architect Editor Stephen Sharpe recently toured the project with Boone Powell, FAIA, principal of Ford Powell & Carson Architects and Planners. Powell was the firm's principal in charge of the project. 

In the photo, Powell (center) explains some of the details of the project to Sharpe (far left). At the far right is Steven Schauer, manager of external communications for the San Antonio River Authority. The trio walked the length of the extension on the morning of July 6. In the background is the new turning basin where tourist barges and water taxis will turn around for the journey back toward downtown. The turning basin also features an outdoor stage for concerts and other events, similar to the historic Arneson River Theatre along the downtown stretch of the River Walk in La Villita.

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