The city of San Antonio is purchasing land for a new park, Mayor Ivy Taylor said Tuesday, June 7. 204 acres of North Side family ranch will belong to the city and the majority of the land will be preserved in its pristine state.
The park sits over Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, and the acquisition will keep the territory from being used for residential development. It is the largest of drinking water sources in the city and preserving it is important for more than one reason. More than 3,500 residencies could be built on that land but it would be hard on the North Independent School District that already feels pressure to cope with the growing development. The purchase will also mean some major roadways expansions will be completed.
The Classen-Steubing family who owns the ranch has agreed to sell 204 acres of 600 acres of the land west of U.S. 281.
The acquisition will cost $10.1 million and San Antonio Councilman Joe Krier is sure that it is a great investment, as many generations will be able to enjoy the park. 165 acres of the land that will remain in its pristine state will cost the city $6.3 million. Remaining 39 acres will cost $3.8 million and get hike and bike trails, soccer and baseball fields and other park amenities.