Leon Valley is a small community with deep roots and big ideas. The heart of the area lies along Bandera Road and offers a suburban feel with fast access to local attractions in nearby metro areas. Despite its proximity to downtown San Antonio, just 10 miles northwest, Leon Valley is an independent municipality that invests in its area.
The area was initially developed, under the leadership of Raymond Minkus, as a farming community during the 1940s. A decade later, Leon Valley residents sought incorporation as an independent city to avoid being annexed by San Antonio. By 1960, the community had a population of just over 500 people. Twenty years later, the population tripled, and by 1990, there were about 10,000 residents in Leon Valley. Leon Valley is home to a variety of residents including families. Families flock to the area because of access to parks, recreation activities, and highly-rated schools. Residents of the city work mostly in white-collar professions and are involved in local ordinance planning, advisory councils, and the coordination of special events.
Leon Valley Schools
The Northside ISD school district serves the Leon Valley community. Public schools in this area average about 15 students per classroom, which allows for a great student to teacher ratio. Parents and students have an abundance of schools to choose from in Leon Valley. The area houses school options including traditional, magnet, and charter options, which means that students from all three of the area's neighborhoods', City Center, Wurzbach Rd/Desilu Dr, and Evers Rd/Wurzbach Rd can attend any school that meets their needs. Many of these schools are considered the best of the best in Texas. With so many choices in Leon Valley students and parents can choose the right school for every student. Students interested in music, instrumental and vocal, often find themselves at John Marshall High School.
John Marshall High School is the oldest high school in Leon Valley. It's a public school that houses students in grades nine through 12. The vocal music department has gained national attention over the years through its participation in sweepstakes. The high school's band, the Ram Band, is also extremely appealing with huge accolades and awards. Former band directors at John Marshall High School eventually become living legends. Two of the schools' former directors were so beloved that new schools were named after them.
Leon Valley Parks and Recreation
Although small in size when compared to San Antonio, Leon Valley offers residents and visitors an abundance of green spaces to enjoy. In 2014, the self-investing community developed the Park Master Plan. This plan sought to take advantage of the available open space in Leon Valley to produce more recreational opportunities in the tightly knit suburb.
The most popular park in the suburb is Raymond Rimkus Park. The 26-acre park was established in 1979 and occupies the area between Bandera and Evers on Poss Road. The park includes baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, and for-rent party pavilions. Park attendees can enjoy any of the park's 24 picnic areas that include barbecue pits. These quaint areas are great for all-day enjoyment of the park and are free on a first-come-first-served basis. Two of Raymond Rimkus' parks are ADA accessible. Joggers and walkers will enjoy a surfaced path surrounding the area. There are also water fountains for human and canine visitors. In the center of the park is a Community Garden. The excellently maintained green spaces in the park are irrigated with recycled water. The Park Master Plan will also include several new additions to Leon Valley including a brand new basketball court built to NBA standards, several new walking trails, and pocket parks in the suburbs unique neighborhoods.
When the Park Master Plan is complete, there will be a parking lot built in Shadow Mist that will connect to downtown San Antonio's Crystal Hike and Bike trail park. As each park is added to the area, Leon Valley green spaces will include new trees, sodded areas, and water features. All of these parks will include amenities that make it easy to enjoy the excellent weather, lush green grass, and beautiful plants and trees native to Leon Valley.
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