Turning Freeways Into Parks

For good or bad, San Antonio has a ring of downtown freeways. They certainly make transport easy. But the negative impact on walkability is real. People just don’t walk here.

A few years ago, I posted here about an idea to repurpose the areas underneath our highways as innovative park spaces. Boston did just that with the I-93 freeway.

Given the outdoors here are pretty miserable in San Antonio from May to September due to the strong sun, this seems like a big win for our town if we could make it happen.

We’ve done it before so it’s not unprecedented. Here’s where I-35 crosses the San Antonio River.

Beautiful, right?

Michael Girdley