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Encyclopedia > San Antonio River Walk
The River Walk at St. Mary's Street.
The River Walk at St. Mary's Street.

The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Rio) is a network of walkways around the San Antonio River, linking several major attractions one story beneath downtown San Antonio, Texas. Lined by shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 724 KB) This is the Riverwalk in San Antonio Texas at St. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 724 KB) This is the Riverwalk in San Antonio Texas at St. ... This article is about the river in Texas. ... Nickname: Alamo City; River City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Bexar County Mayor Phil Hardberger Area    - City 1067. ...


Today the River Walk is an enormously successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from Alamo Plaza to Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre close to La Villita, to Hemisfair Park, to the Tower Life Building. During the annual springtime Fiesta, the River Parade is one of the most beautiful anywhere, with flowery floats that literally float. A pedestrian street is a street where pedestrian traffic is given partial or total priority over all other kinds of traffic. ... Rivercenter is a shopping mall located in downtown San Antonio, Texas along the River Walk. ...

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History

The River Walk was the idea of architect Robert Hugman in the late 1920s. As an alternative to paving over the troublesome San Antonio River, Hugman drew out a plan he called "The Shops of Aragon and Romula" which allowed for both flood prevention and commercial development. Hugman maintained his office along the shallow river, despite warnings that he would be "drowned like a rat" and its early reputation as a dangerous hole. (The River Walk was declared off-limits to military personnel at one point.) Hugman persisted, and his office can still be found next door to another early presence on the River Walk, the landmark Casa Rio restaurant. Robert Harvey Harold Hugman (1902 - 1980) was an American architect and the acknowledged visionary behind the San Antonio River Walk. ...


Crucial funding came in 1939 under the WPA and resulted in the initial construction of a network of some 17,000 linear feet of walkways, about 20 bridges, and extensive plantings including the live oaks whose branches are visible from street level. WPA Graphic The Works Progress Administration (later Works Projects Administration, abbreviated WPA), was created in May 1935 by Presidential order (Congress funded it annually but did not set it up). ...


Through the following decades the network has been improved and extended, without losing its original character. One major extension of the River Walk was performed by the joint venture of two general contractors Darragh & Lyda Inc. and H. A. Lott Inc. to Tower of the Americas as part of HemisFair '68. That was also the year the Hilton Palacio del Rio was built, the first of many downtown hotels that leverage their slice of urban "riverfront." Downtown San Antonio features the historic San Fernando Cathedral, the Tower Life Building and the Tower of The Americas. ... HemisFair 68 was the first officially designated worlds fair (or international exposition) held in the Southwest United States. ...


In 1981 the Hyatt Regency San Antonio opened with a beautiful new pedestrian connector that linked Alamo Plaza to the River Walk with concrete water falls, waterways and indigenous landscaping. Known as the Paseo del Alamo, this river "extension" actually flows from Alamo Plaza into the San Antonio River through the atrium of the hotel. This connector not only allows the hotel to market itself as being on Alamo Plaza and on the River Walk, but it provides the city with a beautiful urban park that uniquely connects the city's two largest tourist attractions.


Many downtown buildings like the Casino Club Building have street entrances and separate river entrances one level below. This separates the unavoidable automotive service grid (for delivery and emergency vehicles) and pedestrian traffic below. It's an extensive system which achieves a nice balance among retail, commercial, office, greenspace and cultural uses. It gives the city an intricate network of bridges, walkways and old staircases, providing haptic and visual complexity. From an urban planning standpoint, the River Walk may be the best pedestrian-only realm on the continent, with no motor vehicles or bicycles allowed. Urban planning is concerned with the ordering and design of settlements, from the smallest towns to the worlds largest cities. ...


Growth forces expansion

The future looks bright for the River Walk. Expansion plans are underway for areas of the river north and south of downtown. As chain restaurants and establishments have begun to flourish, now taking up about a third of commercial space, talk has begun at City Hall about limiting their existence on the River Walk and keeping a distinctively local flair. And after years of murmering from locals and tourists about the water's quality, and a well-publicized insult from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during their 2006 playoff series with the Spurs, calling it an "ugly-ass, muddy-watered thing,", talk has also begun about cleaning up the water, although the muddy bottom and silt deposits make this difficult. Until then, washing the river's smell off after a drunken misstep will continue to take its place in the lore of the unfortunate, and the muddy bottom's annual cleaning during the Mud Festival provides tourists with yet another reason to party in San Antonio. The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Mark Cuban Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) [1] is an American billionaire entrepreneur. ...


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External links

  • The World Famous San Antonio River Walk — official website
  • The San Antonio River Walk — unofficial website
San Antonio, Texas
Attractions

The Alamo • Fiesta San Antonio • HemisFair '68 • Institute of Texan Cultures • Japanese Tea Gardens • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park • The River Walk • San Antonio Zoo • Tower of the Americas Image File history File links San_Antonio_Texas_Flag. ... Nickname: Alamo City; River City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Bexar County Mayor Phil Hardberger Area    - City 1067. ... Official language(s) None See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The Alamo is a popular destination for tourists in San Antonio. ... Fiesta San Antonio (or simply Fiesta) is an annual event in which the citizens of San Antonio, Texas, celebrate their citys diverse history, heritage, and culture for 10 days in April. ... HemisFair 68 was the first officially designated worlds fair (or international exposition) held in the Southwest United States. ... The Institute of Texan Cultures is a museum and library located in HemisFair Park in central San Antonio, Texas. ... The San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens (also known as the Sunken Gardens) is a registered Texas historical landmark in San Antonio, Texas. ... Four Spanish frontier missions, part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries, are preserved here. ... The San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoo in San Antonio, Texas, United States. ... Downtown San Antonio features the historic San Fernando Cathedral, the Tower Life Building and the Tower of The Americas. ...

Entertainment

Alamodome • AT&T Center • Freeman Coliseum • Nelson W. Wolff Stadium • San Antonio Missions (Baseball) • San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo • San Antonio Spurs • SeaWorld • Fiesta Texas • Splashtown The Alamodome is a multi-purpose facility that is primarily used as a football/basketball stadium and convention center in San Antonio, Texas. ... The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas. ... San Antonio Freeman Coliseum, built in 1950, has been host to thousands of events varying from three-ring circus acts to concerts and boxing events. ... Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium is a stadium in San Antonio, Texas. ... League Texas League Division South Division Year founded 1968 Major League affiliation San Diego Padres Home ballpark Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium Previous home ballparks City San Antonio, Texas Current uniform colors white, gold and black Previous uniform colors Logo design The wordmark Missions in white with black drop shadow. ... The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas, USA is one of the largest Livestock Shows & Rodeos in the country. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... // Introduction SeaWorld San Antonio is a theme park located in San Antonio, Texas. ... Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a 200-acre theme park located at 29. ... Splashtown San Antonio is a water park located in San Antonio, Texas. ...

Companies

AT&T • Clear Channel • CTRC • Frost Bank • H-E-B • San Antonio Express-News • Tesoro • USAA • Valero This article describes the present AT&T Inc. ... This article is about the company. ... Located in San Antonio, Texas, the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) is one of the nation’s leading academic research and treatment centers. ... Frost National Bank (DBA Frost Bank) is a nationally chartered bank founded in 1869 that is based in San Antonio. ... H.E. Butt Grocery Company (abbreviated H-E-B) is a Texas supermarket chain with over 300 stores and 56,000 employees. ... The San Antonio Express-News is the daily circulatory newspaper of San Antonio, Texas. ... Tesoro Corporation NYSE: TSO is a FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with 2004 annual revenues of $12. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas with approximately 22,000 employees and annual revenue of more than $80 billion. ...

Military

Brooks City-Base • Fort Sam Houston • Lackland Air Force Base • Randolph Air Force Base Brooks Air Force Base was a United States Air Force base located in San Antonio, Texas. ... Fort Sam Houston is a U.S. Army post in San Antonio, Texas. ... Lackland Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force located west of San Antonio, Texas, USA. It is located at 29°2323 North, 98°3645 West (29. ... Randolph Air Force Base (Randolph AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located in Bexar County, Texas near San Antonio. ...

Research & Education

San Antonio Public Library • South Texas Medical Center • St. Mary's University • Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research • Southwest Research Institute • Trinity University • UTSA • UT Health Science Center • University of the Incarnate Word The San Antonio Public Library is a collection of a Central Library and 24 branch libraries (as of the fall of 2007) that serve the City of San Antonio. ... The South Texas Medical Center is a conglomerate of numerous major hospitals, clinics, and research and higher educational institutions, located in San Antonio, Texas. ... St. ... Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) is a large private research institute located in San Antonio Texas. ... Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is an independent, nonprofit applied research and development organization. ... Trinity University is an independent, primarily undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences university in San Antonio, Texas. ... UTSA is San Antonios largest university. ... The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the largest comprehensive health sciences university in southern Texas. ... The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is located in San Antonio, Texas. ...

Other

Bexar County Courthouse • North Star Mall • Pearl Brewery • Rivercenter • San Antonio Convention Center • San Antonio International Airport • The Shops at La Cantera • VIA Facade view from west Another view The Bexar County Courthouse is an historic building in downtown San Antonio, Texas. ... A pair of Texas-sized cowboy boots near the Saks Fifth Avenue greets drivers along Loop 410. ... The Pearl Brewing Company also known as the Pearl Brewery (Pearl) was an American brewery, established in 1883 in San Antonio, Texas. ... Rivercenter is a shopping mall located in downtown San Antonio, Texas along the River Walk. ... The Tower of the Americas is seen in the background. ... San Antonio International Airport (IATA: SAT, ICAO: KSAT) (9800 Airport Blvd. ... The Shops at La Cantera is an upscale open-air regional shopping mall located in northwest San Antonio near the Loop 1604 and I-10 Interchange. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ...


 
 

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