Bexar County, South
29° 37' 1" N, 98° 41' 5" W 29.616944, -98.684722
On Scenic Loop Road
One mile E of Highway 16
About 25 miles NW of Downtown San
ZIP code 78023
Area code 210
Population: 564 Est. (2019)
483 (2010) 418 (2000)
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As a suburb that
was formed in the early 1960s, Grey Forest has yet to develop a history
other than population figures. The census figues for the community
are: 1970: 385, 1980: 442, 1990: 425 and 2000: 418.
Part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Playground historical marker
on 18502 Scenic Loop Rd
Photos courtesy Stephen
Michaels, January 2008
Requa developed Scenic Loop Playground on 320 acres north of San
Antonio as a rural recreational resort within easy commuting distance
from the city. Requa intended the area to be used as a retreat from
the stresses of modern life for middle class workers by offering recreational
opportunities in a natural scenic setting along the convergence of
Lee and Helotes Creeks. Natural features of the area included small
lakes used as swimming pools, a lake for boating and fishing, and
live oak trees draped with Spanish moss in an area known as Grey Forest.
Requa set aside acreage for use by residents as bridle trails, athletic
fields, tennis courts and pocket parks.
Scenic Loop Road divided the development into two sections, Unit No.
1, opened for sale to the public in 1929, contained small lots to
be used as campsites. One year later, Unit No. 2 opened with larger
lot development, offering opportunities for the boarding of horses
and other livestock. Many of the structures in the development were
built from native materials.
The 1929 Stock Market Crash and ensuing depression slowed Scenic Loop
Playground's rate of development. Soon, its character changed from
recreational to year-round living. In 1934, Requa signed over common
property in the development to the Scenic Loop Playground Club to
manage for the benefit of residents. Lodges and lots continued to
be sold into the 1940s. Soon, the transformation of the former recreational
area into a rural community was complete, and in 1962, Scenic Loop
Playground incorporated as the City of Grey Forest.
Grey Forest Scenes:
Next to an old house, I found these trains... There is no train tracks
anywhere close. - Stephen
Michaels, January 09, 2008
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