Former Mayor Howard Peak had a simple vision: the creation of an “emerald ring” of hike and bike trails that connects City parks, utilizing flood zones within city-owned land. Today, the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System includes 46 miles of developed greenway trails – about 1,200 acres of green space. On any given day, you are likely to find hundreds of residents using the trails.
This system, which empowers each of us to lead a healthier life, connects our community. It wouldn’t be possible without the Linear Creekway Parks Development Program, which utilizes a fraction of a cent of sales tax proceeds for land purchase and trail development. The voters of San Antonio approved this sales tax venue in 2000, 2005, and 2010, a small investment has paid huge dividends.
Countless neighbors from all corners of our city frequent the trail system as part of adopting a healthy lifestyle. You likely know someone who has been given doctor’s orders to take up walking on a regular basis and is meeting those orders on our Parks Department’s Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System. Many others have are using the trails to lose weight, spend time with their families, and enjoy nature.
Healthy lifestyle choices like this one should be available to everyone. That’s why a sales tax reauthorization should be put on the ballot for citywide approval as soon as possible. If Prop. 2 isn’t passed, the Parks Department will face a funding shortfall that will leave us 32 miles short of achieving Mayor Peak’s original 130-mile linear creekway vision.