Protect McAllister Park's Remaining Natural Areas

Protect McAllister Park's Remaining Natural Areas

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Marjesca Zoellner started this petition to City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Board

The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Board is proposing a concrete path through McAllister Park’s Mud Creek Loop and over parts of its natural surface trail as part of an extension of San Antonio’s Greenway Trail system.

Without doubt, the Greenway Trail has added incredible value to the residents of San Antonio, however, Mud Creek Loop is not an appropriate location for an extension. 

The Mud Creek Loop trail in McAllister park is a shaded, 2 mile dirt trail that meanders along Mud Creek under a cathedral of mature live oak trees. This trail has been established for over 30 years, and offers a unique experience to residents of San Antonio in that it is one of the few official, public dirt trails in a city park.

Mud Creek Loop offers solitude in a natural and unaltered environment and is enjoyed by mountain bikers, trail runners, walkers, dog walkers and residents of the bordering neighborhood. The natural surface trails in McAllister Park, including Mud Creek Loop, make up some of the few publicly available options for city residents to experience nature in its natural state within the urban core of San Antonio. 

The construction of the Greenway Trail, a 10-foot wide concrete path with 4-foot mowed buffers on either side, through McAllister Park's Mud Creek Loop would have devastating effects on the unique, natural experience that Mud Creek Loop provides.

Additionally, it would degrade the area even more. Sadly, the Mud Creek area in McAllister Park is unhealthy and needs our help. The enormous heritage oak trees are being choked out by cedar elm. During a heavy rain, stormwater from the bordering neighborhoods floods into the creekway in violent torrents. Erosion is everywhere. Loss of biodiversity is everywhere. A mile of concrete won’t help.

You can learn more about the full campaign and ways we can help Mud Creek be a healthier and more beautiful place for plants, animals and people here: One Million for Mud Creek Campaign

Protecting the few remaining public natural areas is essential for the benefit of San Antonio residents now, and far in the future. 

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