Construction of the Shared Use Pathway Project, jointly funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of San Marcos, is underway at Rio Vista Park. Because of the construction, the city had to realign parking spaces to ensure the protection of an identified archeological area southeast of the parking lot and the Ranger Station along the San Marcos River.
Due to the path alignment and identification of artifacts including flint rocks, the project necessitated the removal of 12 spaces that are currently used by the City of San Marcos Public Safety personnel. As a result, seven dedicated spaces will be provided in the adjacent lot for their use.
Remaining parking available for Rio Vista Park patrons includes 15 handicap-accessible spaces, four five-minute loading/unloading spaces, and 58 unrestricted spaces. Patrons can also use the unrestricted on-street parking along C.M. Allen Parkway.
Project completion is anticipated in early summer 2020, weather permitting. For media inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Shared Use Pathway Project: This Texas Department of Transportation project will provide connectivity between downtown San Marcos, multiple city parks and Texas State University. The 1.7-mile long, 10-foot wide ADA-compliant bicycle and pedestrian concrete trail will feature enhanced safety measures including below-grade crossings at Cheatham Street and the railroad right-of-way at Rio Vista Park, as well as lights along the trail corridor. It will tie into an existing trail east of the Hopkins Street Bridge and end about 205 feet west of the Ih-35 southbound access road.