With its lush vegetation, effortless accessibility and modern recreation amenities, Escondido Creek Parkway will be the favorite outdoor hub in the City of Kenedy, a gathering place for the community to relish their time in nature and with each other. This inviting linear park will transform the way people connect with their community and the environment by providing unparalleled opportunities to safely recreate in a native landscape. In the shifting shade of willows, by a lively chorus of birdsong, along a rippling blue reservoir, people will come together at Escondido Creek Parkway.

Escondido Creek is a modest ephemeral waterway that runs through the City of Kenedy in Karnes County, Texas. As a significant tributary in the southern basin of the San Antonio River Watershed, the San Antonio River Authority has shared a long history, since the 1950s, with the local leaders and citizenry to construct, operate and maintain thirteen dams within the creek’s watershed.

The Escondido Creek Parkway Project is a vision to create an attractive linear park with features that allow the community new opportunities to sit, stroll, run, play and enjoy the outdoors along a waterway full of benefits. In part, it will function as a safe thoroughfare, connecting Joe Gully Park and sports fields to homes and schools by providing trails under Highway 181. Recreational amenities in the linear park include an over one-mile long trail which is 10 feet wide to allow multi-purpose use—such as hiking and biking surrounded by beautiful Texan native landscaping. Some prospective amenities include: a playground and one pavilion providing ample shade, an amphitheater, ten picnic tables, fifteen benches, monuments to Parkway donors, a parking lot with 25 spaces and an attractive man-made pond. These enhancements will promote a healthy lifestyle and enjoyment of the outdoors for generations to come.

What additionally sets Escondido Creek Parkway apart from other regional parks, is its dedication to a balanced relationship with the ecosystem. The park’s primary water feature, a small pond bound by weirs which bridge the reservoir, will be deep enough to support aquatic life and potentially offer fishing opportunities. The existing large shade trees and wildflowers as well as the proposed vegetation offer habitats to birds and fundamental pollinators. Park goers will likely see or hear animals in their daily interaction. Furthermore, vegetation buffers afford the public and wildlife a sense of intimacy and stillness next to well-traveled roadway.

Based on extensive discussions between the San Antonio River Authority, City of Kenedy elected officials, community leaders and other stakeholders, the Escondido Creek Parkway Project is projected to cost just over $3.5 million.  Funding for this remarkable and transformative community project is a joint effort between private donations, grants and public monies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Escondido Creek Parkway, Contact Us.

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Our special thanks to Shirley Herbst Adams, AEP Texas, Alamo Lumber Company, Norma Atkinson, Cletus and Daphne Bianchi, Gary and Susan Richards Buchta, Betty Butler, Cadillac Jack Boot City and Redwing Shoes, Capital Farm Credit– Kenedy, Sue Carter, Walter Chance, Florence Chapman, Ray and Nancy Christian, ConocoPhillips, Crasheil Resources, Inc., Brian Crews, Amado and Stacy Cruz, Gary and Ann Deskin, Edwin Thomas Dragon, Gene, Susan and Kali Dragon, Robert Drees, Dennis and Marsha Duniven, Shelby and Gretchen Dupnik, Dynamite Lawn and Pest Control LLC, Marie Cruz, Steve and Michelle Dziuk, Eckols Funeral Home, Bobby and Gracie Elizondo, Falls City National Bank, Kathryn Farris, Arthur Fenner Family, John and Kelly Foster, Mike and Toni Foster, Larry and Briana Franke, Children of Eric Sr. and Ann Fransen, Roy Freeman, Frontier Pharmacy, Roger and Carole Gaskamp, General Equities LTD, Geo Group, Inc. —Karenes County Residential Center, Grainger – Kenedy, Greater Texas Equities LTD, John and Diane Greve, Dorothy Gross, Margaret Gotthardt, Peter Malcom and Saralyn O. Gulley, Kent and Shirlene Hackney, Johnie R. Hall, Dee Haveman, H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Hope and Causey Law Firm, Truett Lee and Maggie Hunt, Madelon Hysaw, Robert and Brenda Ihrig, Hannah James, Leo and Brenda Janysek, Vivan J. Janysek, Pete and Linda Jauer, Van and Jenny Johnson, Karnes City Hermann Sons Lodge 215, Karnes City Napa Parts and Supply, Karnes City Rotary Club – Lonesome Dove Fest, Karnes City Veterinary Hosptital, Drs. Shawn and Teresa Gilmore, Karnes County Human Organization, Joe and Rhonda Sheeran, Karnes County Judge Walter R. Long Jr., Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva, ARCO —K9 Unit, Karnes County Texas Farm Bureau, Karnes Electric Cooperative, Kenedy Chamber of Commerce, City of Kenedy, Kenedy 4B Corporation, Kenedy I.S.D., Kenedy Lions Club, Kenedy Progressive Study Club, Kenedy Rotary Club, J. Kolinek,  Jeannine Zaeske Koll, Sam and Susie Kotara, Michael Lackey, Ladewig Farm, Danny Leal, Eric and Shannon Oehlke Lieke, Walter R. Long Jr., Mary Lozano, Lyssy and Eckel Inc., Marathon Oil Corporation, Phillip and Glenna May, Carolyn McDonald, Joyce H. Metz, James Douglas Meyer, Justin Meyer, Chris Miller, Edward and Janet Monson, Kent Morris, Yvonne Morris, Joey and Leslie Newberry, Fred, Julie and Dylan Nichols, Neil and Kathleen Nichols, Craig Nieschwietz PLLC., O’Brien Real Estate, Sean O’Brien, Oehlke CPA, PLLC — Brandon J. and Molly Oehlke, Gayon J. and Kathy Oehlke, Vernell Oehlke, Paul and Kimberly Olson, 181 Veterinary Clinci, Dr. Hardy Richards, Eric Opiela, Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital Foundation, Farris Overby, Ovintiv, Alfred Hawelek, Perales MFG, Inc. — PMI Oil Tools, Pogue Argi Partners, Lacy and Dorothy Pogue, The Powell Law Firm, Debbie Prost, Sylvester and Janie Reyes, David and Lorraine Reynolds, Gene and Margaret Hunt Rice, Gray Richards, Robert and Martha Richardson, James Rosales, Hugh B. “Trip” Ruckman III, Jeanne Ruhmann, Runge Veterinary Clinic, Rose Funke D.V.M., David and Margaret Ryan, Joel and Liz Saldana, San Antonio River Authority, Connie and Bob Schmidt, Terry and Neva Schmidt, Jo Ellen Schuenemann, Sandra Slaughter, Don and Connie Smart, Jack Speake, Justin and Shelly Johnson Spillmann, Dolly Street, Georgia Strmiska, Howard and Melinda Stulting, James and Melissa Sutton, Texstar Federal Credit Union, Otto M. Thiele, Ward and Kathryn Thomas, Bobby and Kathy Turner, Salvador P. Vela, Thomas and Rosemary Vickery, Walmart Supercenter — Kenedy, Karen and Denny Walston, James and Julie Weiss, Cherly Zaeske Wenck, Witte Inc., Danny Witte, Tyler and Dena Witte, Leslie and Ann Wynn, Lisa Pogue Yaklin, Don Roy Yanta, Brad and Dorothy Jean Yeater, Michael and Jane Yeater, Jo Ann Maha Zaeske

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In the News

A park like no other: Kenedy’s will have horned toad sculpture

by Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express News

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/A-park-like-no-other-Kenedy-s-will-have-horned-13495751.php
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Family contributes to Escondido Creek Parkway project

by Mike McCraken, The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/news/features/family-contributes-to-escondido-creek-parkway-project/article_8189c658-9dc7-11e7-b1c2-eb0c31d4e620.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
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$500,000 donation from the city of Kenedy moves Escondido Creek Parkway Project’s funding past halfway point

by The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/news/donation-from-city-of-kenedy-moves-escondido-creek-parkway-project/article_c13c1872-4765-11e7-be54-8752b88e98aa.html
$500,000 donation from the city of Kenedy moves Escondido Creek Parkway Project’s funding past halfway point 150 150 San Antonio River Foundation

Kenedy Chamber of Commerce presents first installment for Escondido Creek Parkway Project

by The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/news/kenedy-chamber-of-commerce-presents-first-installment-for-escondido-creek/article_eb5bca22-28a1-11e7-bb7f-fb48a629b56c.html
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Escondido Creek Parkway’s bingo fundraiser pack house

by Michael McCracken, The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/news/escondido-creek-parkway-s-bingo-fundraiser-packs-house/article_b5f2e9c6-f609-11e6-9f3f-7737324e72e0.html
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Designer bag bingo slated to help with funding for Escondido Parkway project

by Michael McCracken, The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/news/designer-bag-bingo-slated-to-help-with-funding-for-escondido/article_8dfb63fa-ea68-11e6-8d1b-5ba62ff6f88c.html
Designer bag bingo slated to help with funding for Escondido Parkway project 150 150 San Antonio River Foundation

High flying fundraiser scheduled Nov. 12 to lift Escondido Creek Parkway Project

by The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/news/high-flying-fundraiser-scheduled-nov-to-lift-escondido-creek-parkway/article_8955c911-9aee-5e07-b381-d8ed465632a6.html
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Escondido Creek Parkway project gets $1.2 million investment

by The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/news/escondido-creek-parkway-project-gets-million-investment/article_83693638-5f7e-58c2-8d1c-2e31a93e890a.html
Escondido Creek Parkway project gets $1.2 million investment 150 150 San Antonio River Foundation

Escondido Creek Parkway project making progress

by The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/news/escondido-creek-parkway-project-making-progress/article_c7397552-0f31-5f0c-833e-09a690963ea4.html
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SARA to host Escondido Creek Linear Park public meeting

by The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/archives/sara-to-host-escondido-creek-linear-park-public-meeting/article_754922c8-f307-5da1-a39b-42c2e70c4a91.html
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Property acquisition moving forward for Escondido Creek Parkway project

by The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/archives/property-acquisition-moving-forward-for-escondido-parkway-project/article_49ca2605-11e1-5cbc-b327-a29e6333c3a1.html
Property acquisition moving forward for Escondido Creek Parkway project 150 150 San Antonio River Foundation

Kenedy funding first phase of parkway

by The Karnes Countywide

http://www.mysoutex.com/archives/kenedy-funding-first-phase-of-parkway/article_d11a0174-6578-523d-bb3e-3b46bd6e0c92.html
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Since 2003, our Foundation has privately raised and reinvested over $38 million dollars in enhancing your San Antonio River experience. Our project partners —the San Antonio River Authority, Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, and the US Army Corps of Engineers — have invested over $384 million in river improvements for our community. Together, our investments have added over $1.5 billion in economic impact through adjacent private investment and development.