Parks and Recreation
For a relatively small city, Leon Valley has plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy life! Raymond Rimkus Park (est. 1978), located on Poss Road between Bandera and Evers, is 23 acres of fun, with athletic fields, playgrounds, and party pavilions which can be rented. There are 24 small picnic areas with small barbecue pits, which are available on a first-come-first-serve basis at no charge. The two playgrounds are ADA accessible, and there are tennis and basketball courts. The tennis court and one of the basketball courts were resurfaced in the summer of 2014. The remaining basketball court will be demolished and then rebuilt to NBA standards in the fall of 2015. In addition to these features, there is a jogging path, a quiet walking area, restrooms, water fountains for both people and their pets, and a Community Garden. The park fields are irrigated with recycled water from the San Antonio Water System.
Adjacent to Raymond Rimkus Park is the Huebner-Onion Natural Area Park, a 36 acre beautifully wooded site with an awesome nature trail. The trail parallels Huebner Creek and hikers will see deer, native birds, the Huebner-Onion Historical Home and an old gravesite. Legend has it that old Mr. Huebner is buried at that spot! Both of these parks are open from dawn to dusk daily.
Across the street from Raymond Rimkus Park is the Leon Valley Community Pool. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. The pool is free this season; however you must be a resident of Leon Valley. We ask that residents please go to the front administration desk at the Leon Valley City Hall located at 6400 El Verde. The hours of operation of City Hall are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Leon Valley residents will be asked to fill out a short application, with proof of residence (driver’s license, or utility bill). They will be given blue resident wrist bands for each member of their family. In addition, each family will be allowed up to five guests. Separate green wrist bands will be issued on-site, at the pool for guests. Check the pool page for days and times. The Blue Marlins swim team calls this pool home and, for a nominal fee, your kids can get swim lessons and a chance to compete in swim meets around the area.
Privately owned, but near the park off Poss Road, is the Northwest Little League softball playing field. This is a great chance for your youngster to get in a little team sport softball action. Right behind the Dairy Queen, again on Poss Road, is a skate rink to satisfy the hidden roller derby enthusiast in you!
The City has also developed, or is in the process of developing, walking trails (cleverly disguised as drainage areas) in some of the neighborhoods. You can walk from Raymond Rimkus Park, across Evers Road, following the path along the library and Public Works to a small creek with a picturesque wooden bridge. This trail will eventually lead you from Huebner Creek to Stirrup Lane, then across Forest Meadow, Forest Mont, and ending at Forest Ridge. A similar path leads from the back of the park, through the Sun Valley neighborhood to the corner of Seneca and Evers. In the Canterfield neighborhood, a path will lead you the back way to the proposed Silo Park. It is the goal of the City Council to provide as much connectivity in our city as possible.
Other neighborhood parks are in the process of being developed, such as the 2 acre Shadow Mist Park, located off Grissom Road and Shadow Mist, and the Silo Park, located in the 7500 block of Huebner Road at the grain silos. Plans for these areas include a parking area to connect the Shadow Mist Park with the City of San Antonio’s Crystal Hills Hike and Bike trailhead; and a walking trail, with picnic tables, outdoor fitness equipment, and eventual gazebo at the Silo Park. A detention pond with partial walking trail is to be constructed behind The Ridge at Leon Valley subdivision, which will eventually connect with Huebner Creek on the south side of the Bandera Road bridge. Huebner Creek on the south side of the Bandera Road bridge is undergoing a major transformation, but this additional 36 acres will eventually be deeded to the City to be developed as an addition to the park system. Check back with us for updates as these areas are developed, but for now, we urge everyone to get out and enjoy your community parks and trails!
For more information on recommended improvements to the Park, please refer to the Park Master Plan. Reservations for the small and large pavilions and athletic fields at Raymond Rimkus Park are accepted through Leon Valley City Hall, while the maintenance of all the parks is the responsibility of the Public Works Department. For more information on rental of the park facilities, please read our brochure or contact City Hall at 684-1391. For Park maintenance concerns, please contact Public Works at 681-1232.
Park Bucks Program
What are "Park Bucks"? Simply put, this is a program to help develop Leon Valley parks through contributions and donations. If you are interested in participating in this program please fill out the form below.
Enroll - $1 will be added to your Leon Valley water bill monthly (this may take up to 2 billing cycles to appear on your bill. You may withdraw from the program at any time by submitting an additional form or by calling (210) 684-1391 x224)
Withdraw - This will discontinue your monthly participation through your Leon Valley water bill.
Donation - This is a one-time donation in the amount specified.