Martin Marietta Materials is committed to protecting the environment and providing useful community resources whenever a quarry is reclaimed. Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park in San Antonio occupies ground that once provided material to build the surrounding community. The former limestone quarry first produced aggregates in 1934, then far away from today’s bustling city. The operation closed in 1988 and a new era began.
The property was cleared of quarry equipment, stabilized and sold to a real estate development group to create a one-of-a-kind tourist destination.
Opened in 1992, Fiesta Texas was San Antonio’s first major amusement park. Several park coasters make good use of cliffs that surround the park. The Rattler – the world’s tallest, fastest, and steepest wood roller coaster – climbs the quarry wall to the top of the site overlooking the Texas hill country.
The former quarry property is now home to an amusement park, a golf club, a resort and soon a shopping mall. The golf course hosts a PGA Tour event each year, and the resort was recently rated one of the top 30 resorts in North America by the readers of Condé Nast magazine. When finished, La Cantera (which means “the quarry” in Spanish) Mall will be among the largest in Texas.
For nearly half a century, the quarry provided quality aggregates to build San Antonio into one of the largest cities in the United States. When the time came to close the operation, this important facility found new life. Today, thousands of residents and tourists are thrilled on rides, challenged on the course, calmed by soothing spas and treated to world-class shopping – all thanks to a quarry reclamation project.