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Popular River Walk kayaking program to be extended

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Published on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Popular River Walk kayaking program to be extended

CONTACT: Kelly Kapaun Saunders, (210) 207-8031


SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 2, 2020) – The San Antonio River Walk Association (SARWA), in partnership with the City and San Antonio River Authority (River Authority), will be extending its popular River Walk kayaking program. The pilot program will be offered on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) beginning December 4, 2020 through January 31, 2021, excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
“Kayaking on the River Walk is a unique experience that gives participants the opportunity to experience the beauty of the River Walk from the river itself,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “I had the opportunity to kayak the River Walk, and I’m excited that we’re extending this popular program through the winter months so that more residents and visitors can enjoy this socially distant outdoor activity.”
“River Walk kayaking has proved to be a very popular activity for downtown residents and visitors,” said District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño. “My office received numerous requests from the public to continue this program, and by working closely with our downtown partners, I’m happy that we are able to extend River Walk kayaking through the holidays.”
“We look forward to working with the San Antonio River Walk Association, San Antonio River Authority, and Go Rio Cruises to explore opportunities to extend River Walk kayaking into a long-term program,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “The popularity of this program has shown us that our residents and visitors are eager to explore the San Antonio River downtown.”
The City and SARWA, working closely with the support of river barge operator Go Rio Cruises and the River Authority, began offering limited River Walk kayaking opportunities during the month of October, and an estimated 1,800 people took part in this activity. A portion of the funds from kayaking reservations go to help support the nonprofit SARWA as most of its special events were cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The San Antonio River Authority oversees kayaking in the King William and Mission Reach portions of the river.
The City will evaluate the pilot program upon its conclusion to determine the next steps.
For more information and kayaking reservations, please visit