Woods of Shavano is a beautiful, vibrant and diverse place to live. Its community spirit is reflected in summer swim team, family picnics in the neighborhood park, tennis and basketball games, National Night Out block parties and community-wide pool events.
A few current residents have lived in the neighborhood since its inception, when the only buildings on De Zavala Road east of IH-10 were Locke Hill Elementary and Clark High School; the closest grocery store was on Wurzbach Road. Woods of Shavano’s development began in 1972, under the direction of three developers –M.M. Hughes, Jesse Baker, and Jerry Smith Sr.-joined in the project by builders Gragg, Neimeyer, and Harrington.
The first house was constructed in early 1972 at Maybrook Woods and Parksite Woods and, soon after, Mr. Smith opened his model home at Parksite and Cypress Woods. The first homeowners moved into their home in the summer of 1972. Until the required number of homes were completed for neighborhood delivery, earliest residents picked up mail at the post office on Bandera Road.
On July 4, 1975, approximately 25 families gathered to picnic in a wooded lot located at 13915 Parksite Woods. Adding to the neighborhood’s sense of community, a pool and clubhouse were built. Subsequently, tennis courts were added, seasonal leagues were formed and a children’s tennis clinic was organized. Other neighborhood activities included a home and garden club, baby-sitting co-op, vegetable co-op, and bridge club.
The Woods of Shavano Community Association manages community assets with valuable assistance from its voluntary members. Early residents’ spirit of community continues today with an active swim team, tennis games at two neighborhood courts, National Night Out block parties and community hosted pool events on holidays such as Memorial Day and 4th of July.