Was it the cold and gloomy day? Was it the KEEP OUT and Private Property signs on the fence lining the trail upon which we walked? Was it the grafitti sprayed across the nearby dam? Or maybe it was just the active imaginations of my kids who concocted outlandish tales of hideous trolls hiding in the brush nearby, waiting to pounce on us. Something made this park seem spookier than others we’ve visited. Our trek through Mud Creek Park, the 19th of 20 San Antonio parks we’re visiting this year, was definitely an adventure.
Blink your eyes and you’ll miss Mud Creek Park, located off of Jones Maltsberger Road, just west of Redland Road. I’d passed this park many times but the only things I noticed from the road were the tiny parking lot, some colorful tiles displayed around it, and a port-o-potty. The park itself wasn’t visible and remained a mystery to me until our visit.
Online research about the tiles reveals they’re part of a public art display created by artist Mark Schlesinger. According to a 2013 San Antonio Express-News article, Schlesinger painted, “…sidewalks, a bridge, utility covers, guard rails, medians etc. along the 2.4 mile stretch between Thousand Oaks and Redland.” An art teacher and students from Driscoll Middle School worked with Schlesinger to create the tiles at Mud Creek Park.
In addition to colorful artwork, the main draw of this park is a 1.4-mile trail that winds through the park’s 67 acres.
And those ominous signs, warning us to keep out and respect the park’s boundaries? Those were erected to protect a San Antonio River Authority dam created to help with potential flooding at Mud Creek.
When we explored Mud Creek Park, we were the only people there. And, although there are a few homes and buildings nearby, my kids and I felt completely isolated and a little nervous – again, this park just felt spooky! We left after 30 minutes.
Natural beauty surrounds Mud Creek Park and, if you prefer a tranquil, quiet place to run or, it may be the perfect park for you.
Check out all of the San Antonio parks we’ve visited this year as part of our #SA2020Resolutions.
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