San Pedro Creek Culture Park – A Four-Phase Project
The San Pedro Creek Culture Park will encompass a total of four phases, with three segments in phase 1. With phase 1, Segment 1 complete, the second segment is currently under construction from Houston Street to Nueva Street.
In total, construction on the San Pedro Creek Culture Park will add more than 60,000 linear feet of new walls, replace eight street bridges and all associated utilities while adding four miles of walking trails and 11 acres of landscaping.
Once fully complete, the San Pedro Creek Culture Park is expected to spur a $1.5 billion economic impact by creating 2,100 new housing units, 1,428 new downtown employees, 7,300 new downtown residents, a 150 percent increase in new property value and $227 million in ad valorem tax revenues.
When the four phases are completed, the San Pedro Creek Culture Park will span 2.2 miles through downtown, beginning at IH-35 at the flood tunnel inlet at Santa Rosa Street and ending at the confluence of the Alazán and Apache Creeks at IH-35 to the south.
As of May 5, 2018, the first segment is open to the public. This portion of the Culture Park begins with the beautiful Tunnel Inlet where you’ll find the Plaza de Fundación and its incredible “Rain from the Heavens” public art installment. Custom tile work adorns the surrounding 12 Generational Benches, as well as various features throughout the park.
Also found in Phase 1 are commissioned murals and other art pieces that represent the history and culture of this historic creek.
Estimated to be complete in 2020, Phase 1.2 will feature three prominent attractions. The first is a Performance Plaza that will welcome performance artists of all kinds to use the park as their creative stage. Adjacent to the famous Alameda Theater, the plan is to partner with the historic performance venue on outdoor events. When not in use, the plaza will become an open space for people to sit and enjoy their surroundings.
The second major attraction of this phase will be a beautiful greenspace where park visitors can lounge and enjoy the weather with a book or picnic basket. Facing a cascading wall of water, the area will be picturesque and serene.
The third major attraction will be a tremendous mural composed of five pieces behind the Spanish Governors’ Palace. Similar to the murals in Phase 1.1, this will speak to the vibrant culture of the park and its rich history.