Ernest Mendoza 12:46am Jun 17 2012
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The natural looking dry creek/green space, lined with trees, that channels water during heavy rains. The area runs parallel to Overbroook Dr in between Babcock Rd & Balcones Heights in SA City limits
My idea to improve this place
Start w/low cost walking trail w/concrete squares along trail for "chalk art". Later add community garden and zero scape plants to replace weeds, then water collection system, end with walking bridge.
So that people could...
So that people can …..”connect” and have a space that is a magnet for physical activity, art, gardening, and social events. The area would be a magnet for walkers, bikers, and walking pets. This area is going thru some transformation (Laddie Place project on Fredericksburg Rd, renovated La Riza apartments on Babcock, VIA Primo, reactivated Maverick Neighborhood Association, resurfacing of Overbrook Dr. and Altgelt Ave., new sidewalks on Babcock Rd., and new homeowners). This area is underutilized in its current state with minimal maintenance from public works department. Some walkers, bikers, and pet walking exists but only on the street and overgrown weeds discourage physical activity as it becomes an eye sore. The potential for this green space is huge and far reaching in connecting many parts of the neighborhood like home owners, businesses, schools, apartment residents, faith organizations, City of Balcones Heights, and more. For example the walking trails can be linked to those planned for Laddie Place project, to recently built sidewallks to Babcock Rd, and to Overbrook Dr. across Babcock that ends at nearby Joe Ward City Park. With access to the creek area by the proposed walking trails local elementary school children can make a field trip to the area for “hands on” science, art, gardening or a picnic. Residents can hold Neighborhood Night out events, health and resource fairs, Car/motorcycle shows and a variety of other events including art displays (Ideas: children can create bird houses to hang on the trees, last year Seniors at Morningside Manor painted umbrellas and displayed them along the sidewalk on Babcock). The area would require residents to walk (physical activity) to events since very little parking exists. The idea to build a small bridge may be too much too ask but a bridge connecting the two side streets of the creek I believe would be a great attraction and people already cross the dry creek to get to the other side. This part of the project could possibly include guidance by a architect firm, architect students, students in Home Construction, Maverick Neighborhood Association residents and others. Committed partners start with Maverick Neighborhood Association. Potential partners include surrounding neighborhood associations, St. Bidget’s Convent, City of Balcones Heights (the area borders Balcones Heights and a small baseball park), Maverick Elementary, renovated La Riza Apartments, Morningside Manor, City of San Antonio (health and fitness programs), privates business along Fredericksburg Rd, Babcock Rd. and Hill Crest Rd., and many more. In closing the project is in line with all seven of the Mayors SA2020 elements for neighborhood groups:
1. Increase participation of neighbors
2. Increase/improve green space
3. Improve “walkability” and/or fitness scores
4. Cooperating in physical connectivity with other neighborhoods
5. Establishing neighborhood identity and sense-of-space
6. Encouraging neighborhood infill, renovating and remodeling
7. Partnering with others for neighborhood improvement
1. Low cost sidewalks with concrete squares in the ground and to the side of the trail for “chalk art”
2. Zero Scape design and implementation in incremental steps
3. Signage showing when and where to look for science opportunities and where to connect with nearby walking trails. Also include history of the area.
4. Water collection system from rains as the water goes thru the creek for gardening
5. Small Community Garden in sunlit areas
6. Walking bridge connecting two sides of Overbrook Dr./Altgelt Ave.
Because I want San Antonio to be...
Because I want San Antonio to be……the city of green spaces, the city that takes responsibility to empower its citizens to improve their physical and mental health, the city that supports the unique needs of each neighborhood so that neighborhoods become successful and feel “connected” to other neighborhoods and their city.