Public Hearing Set On Proposed Naming
of Greenway Trails for Howard Peak

Former Mayor Peak on the trailThe City of San Antonio will hold a public hearing to receive comments in support or opposition to the proposed naming of the greenway trail system Howard Peak Greenway Trails, which are located throughout the city.

The hearing will be Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at 6 p.m., at the Central Library auditorium, 600 Soledad.

In the early 1980’s, Howard Peak spearheaded community meetings to discuss sustainable growth in San Antonio. Four of the reoccurring themes resulting from these discussions were as follows:

• Retain and add recreational space as San Antonio grows
• Preserve San Antonio’s character and charm
• Increase opportunities to improve the health of our families
• Clean up and improve the safety of flood zones along our creeks

While working for the City’s Planning Department and serving on the Zoning Commission, Howard Peak began formulating the idea of a "ring" of hike and bike trails in the flood zones along the City owned creeks. As the representative from District 9 on City Council from 1993 to 1997, he partnered with Lyle Larson to purchase the land which started the trail system in Walker Ranch Park.

As Mayor from 1997 to 2001, he solidified this vision of hike and bike trails along the Leon and Salado Creeks and won citizen support to increase the sales tax by 1/8 of a cent to begin development of the trail system in partnership with the Edwards Aquifer Protection program.

The sales tax initiative approved by the voters in 2000 raised $20 million and funded approximately 11 miles of trails. In 2005, Howard Peak led the campaign to renew the sales tax for $45 million to add 38 miles of trails and again in 2010, the voters approved the continuation of the sales tax to build an additional 30 miles of trails.

The trail system’s funding to date incorporates 79 miles in an overall system goal that could ultimately yield 120 miles of hike and bike trails along the city’s creekways. Because of Howard Peak’s vision and the citywide benefits garnered from his tireless efforts in working and promoting the greenways, it is recommended that the greenway trails system be named the Howard Peak Greenway Trails in honor of his extraordinary efforts.

If you cannot attend the public hearing, but would like to provide your comment, please print the attached form and mail it as directed: Notice Of Public Hearing ( PDF 33.2 KB)

For more information on the Greenway Trail System, visit www.sanantonio.gov/greenway_trails.aspx

Peak wins award
Howard Peak, right, with his Trail Advocate Award
former Mayor Peak speaks at ribbon-cutting
Former Mayor Peak at ribbon-cutting