“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Grey Forest in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Scenic Loop Playground

Scenic Loop Playground Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, December 24, 2020
1. Scenic Loop Playground Marker

Businessman E.N. 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
Scenic Loop Playground Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, December 24, 2020
2. Scenic Loop Playground Marker
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.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13962.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 29° 36.864′ N, 98° 41.1′ W. Marker is in Grey Forest, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Scenic Loop Road and Cedar Crest Drive, on the left when traveling north on Scenic Loop Road. The marker is located in front the fire station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Helotes TX 78023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marnoch Homestead (approx. 2 miles away); John T. Floore Country Store (approx. 2.6 miles away); Helotes (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gugger Homestead
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(approx. 2.6 miles away); R.L. White Ranch (approx. 3.9 miles away); Scenic Loop - Boerne Stage - Toutant-Beauregard (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Officers Training Camp (approx. 4.9 miles away); Zion Lutheran Church (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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