Parks & Facilities Details

River Walk

Type: Concrete
/ Length (Miles): 2.30

The River Walk Operations Division is responsible for the maintenance of the River Walk. They coordinate the operations of the San Antonio River Improvement project to ensure implementation of improvements to include maintenance, river operations, security, utilities and any other work required. For contact or more information visit the City's River Walk page.

Amenities Available for Rental

The following amenities are available for rental. Use the links below to view facility details or calendar availability. Learn how to make a reservation.

Amenity Details Availability
River Walk Chamber Commerce  View Details  View Availability
River Walk Convent Park  View Details  View Availability
River Walk Howard Peak  View Details  View Availability
River Walk Marriage Island  View Details  View Availability
River Walk Upper River Mill North  View Details  View Availability

River Walk  History

Owned by the City of San Antonio and maintained by Center City Development & Operations, the River Walk is San Antonio's premiere tourist attraction. The River Walk's history begins in the early 1920s when city government made plans to convert the San Antonio river into a storm sewer system by straightening the river and diverting its water through a concrete tunnel in order to prevent flooding. Efforts by citizens to save the stream resulted in the founding of the San Antonio Conservation Society.

Later in that decade an architect named R. H.H. Hugman developed plans for river improvements that included a River Walk. Community leaders supported this idea and during the 1930s the WPA and the National Youth Administration sponsored projects to build some of these improvements. In the early 1960s, a committee from the Chamber of Commerce together with a committee from the American Institute of Architects worked to further improve the river.

The River Walk provides a downtown staging ground for public festivals and celebrations such as Fiesta Noche del Rio, Fiesta de Las Luminarias and Las Posadas. It also affords San Antonians' and visitors alike a safe and attractive pedestrian system for the downtown. There are 3.51 miles of walks lining the banks of the river in the heart of the city. The pedestrian can step from the street to the river level and encounter trees, plants and flowing water. Plant-life, maintained by the City, flourishes at river level. The security is maintained by Park Police who patrol by foot and by boat.

Park Location: 0 S Alamo to Lexington   San Antonio, Texas


River Walk
0 S Alamo to Lexington


  • Public Art Display
  • Walking Trail
  • Trail Length 2.3 mi.

Programs & Classes

Tuesday, May 18, 2021