Intensive Pedestrian Survey of the Leon Creek Greenway Trail from Levi Strauss Park to the Lackland Corridor Monument, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Archaeological Research (CAR), in response to a request from Bain Medina Bain, Inc., conducted an intensive pedestrian survey of an extension for the Leon Creek South Greenway Trail from Levi Strauss Park to the Lackland Corridor Monument in northwest San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The project is located on property owned by the City of San Antonio (COSA) and includes public funding. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) granted Texas Antiquities Permit No. 8527 to Paul Shawn Marceaux, CAR Director, who served as the Principal Investigator, and Leonard Kemp served as the Project Archaeologist. The Area of Potential Effect (APE) consists of approximately 3.4 km (2.1 miles [mi.]) of proposed trail divided into three segments for discussion purposes. Segment 1 of the proposed trail runs 0.64 km (0.39 mi.) adjacent to Leon Creek south from Levi Strauss Park and crosses U.S. Hwy. 90. Segment 2 continues west 2.2 km (1.4 mi.) to the Lackland Corridor Monument (under construction) at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 90 and W. Military Drive (Segment 2). Segment 3 begins at the southern portion of Segment 1 at U.S. Hwy. 90 and runs east 0.55 km (0.34 mi.) to Mateo Camargo Park. Fieldwork was conducted on August 20 and 22, 2018. CAR surveyed the 3.4 km (2.1 mi.) of proposed trail and excavated 24 shovel tests. All shovel tests were negative for cultural materials with the exception of three shovel tests that contained modern debris. This material was not collected, but it was noted on the shovel test form. CAR recommends that the construction of the extension of the Leon Creek Greenway from Levi Strauss Park to the Lackland Corridor Monument proceed as it will not impact any previous or new archaeological sites or features. However, in the event that construction reveals archaeological deposits, work should cease, and the City Archaeologist of COSA Office of Historic Preservation and/or THC should be notified. If in the event that a Section 404 Permit is required because the construction is located near a waterway, CAR will consult with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.