Brooks City Base on Wednesday broke ground on the Greenline, a $10.6 million, 43-acre linear park that will connect the South Side of San Antonio to the San Antonio River and a recreational trail running 15 miles through downtown to the North end of the city.
In addition to providing recreational opportunities for individuals living and working at Brooks, the park is expected to attract tourists and residents from across San Antonio. The Greenline will connect to a portion of the San Antonio River known as Mission Reach, which links four of the city’s five historic missions that recently were designated a World Heritage site. The park will feature five terracing lakes, six plazas and a great lawn, WiFi, a food truck court, fitness stations, outdoor games and public art, according to a news release.
The first phase of construction of the park — which will include 10 acres of manicured grasslands, 10 acres of native vegetation, 265 new trees and 1,100 tons of boulders — is scheduled to be completed next fall.
Beyond serving as a community gathering spot, the Greenline will help Brooks attract employers and spur job creation on the South Side, said Brooks CEO Leo Gomez.
“Major employers aren’t just looking for tax breaks, they are looking for quality of life,” Gomez said. “What will help them recruit a great workforce? Time and again, we hear that companies want to be able to offer amenities such as parks, eateries, entertainment venues and attractive housing near the workplace. This is the kind of community we are building at Brooks,” he said.
The park is being funded through $3 million in city bonds and $7.6 million from a Brooks infrastructure bond, according to the release.