Moving to Randolph AFB? Your Ultimate Guide to the Area

San Antonio and the surrounding areas have a housing market that draws in new people on a regular basis since it is a low cost living area and has a variety many reasonably priced homes. The area has many active-duty and retired military families. With 105 sunny days a year, residents enjoy the natural beauty of the desert in the Southwest, rolling Hill Country in the North, and the Texas coastline to the South.

Many of those moving to Lackland Air Force Base choose to reside in the Schertz, Cibolo, or Universal City communities. Residents here enjoy a high quality of life in the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town.

Universal City is a city located in Bexar and Guadalupe counties. It borders San Antonio to the northeast, and is adjacent to Randolph Air Force Base. Schertz is a city in Guadalupe, Bexar, and Comal counties, and Cibolo is located in Guadalupe and Bexar counties. All three communities are considered part of the San Antonio–New Braunfels metropolitan area and have easy access to major roads leading into the city of San Antonio.


The schools in The Cibolo-Schertz-Universal City Independent School District (SCUCISD) and the Judson ISD (for parts of Universal City) provide excellent educational opportunities for students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) is located in Universal City. If parents wish to do so, they have the alternative of choosing from several private schools. Also available are excellent day cares and private preschools.

Civic and Community Centers

civic-center-banquets-3The Schertz Civic Center has two facilities – the Grand Ballroom and Bluebonnet Hall – with more than 10,000 square feet of combined meeting space. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests and Bluebonnet Hall is ideal for receptions and social events with up to 120 people. Two smaller facilities, the Community Center Central and North Community Center, work well for small meetings, bridal or baby showers, and family parties.

Cibolo has plans for a new community center, which is expected to include two gymnasiums, an exercise and weight room, locker rooms, and a kitchen. Currently, both Neimietz Park and Veteran’s Memorial Park offer pavilions and Neimietz Park has a meeting room to serve the needs of residents.

Universal City has two covered pavilions and a clubhouse for special events. Universal City Pavilion is located in Universal City Park, and has a 7,000 square foot open air pavilion available for large family gatherings, birthday parties, and other events. Red Horse Park features a covered pavilion and Cimarron Park Playground features a 1,500 square-foot clubhouse available for parties, showers, and meetings. The clubhouse has a full kitchen, restrooms, folding tables and chairs, as well as a parking lot with a 15-car capacity. The Olympia Hills Golf and Event Center is available by reservation and has a catered menu.

Parks and Recreation

Schertz has several parks to provide outdoor recreational opportunities, four of which are:

  • Pickrell Park has the Schertz city pool. Additionally, this park offers playgrounds, pavilions, grills and picnic tables, benches, basketball courts, water fountains, and restrooms.
  • Schertz Ballpark has seven baseball fields, a concession building, and restrooms.
  • Schertz Community Playscape offers multiple playgrounds and benches for watching parents.
  • The Skate Park is a relatively new addition to the park system providing fun for skateboarders.

Six other parks feature walking and bike trails, playground, and fishing.

The community of Cibola maintains approximately 85 acres of parkland with three major parks – Niemietz, Al Rich, and Veterans' Memorial.

  • Niemietz Park is a full-service park with baseball, softball, soccer, and football fields; basketball and volleyball courts; bleachers, concessions, and restrooms; grills and picnic tables; kitchen and food preparation area; playground; and walking trails.
  • Al Rich Park offers baseball and softball fields with bleachers, picnic tables, and restrooms.
  • Veterans' Memorial Park features a football field, grills, pavilion, picnic tables, playground, restroom, and soccer field.

Universal City

Two parks provide playgrounds for children, Cimarron Park Playground and Northview Park, a half-acre park that features a series of playground structures set in a grassy area. Shaded areas and benches along the perimeter provide seating for watching parents. Both parks also have restroom facilities.

Other Universal City parks include:

  • Universal City Park, the largest park with 32-acres, features three lighted softball/baseball fields with dugouts, bleachers, scorekeepers' box, and concession building with restrooms. In addition there is a half mile walking or jogging path, large open air pavilion, two sand volleyball courts, regulation size football field, disc golf course, and two playgrounds.
  • Red Horse Park - An 8.5-acre park features two playgrounds, a softball field with bleachers and dugouts, a covered pavilion, 3/8 mile shaded walking/jogging trail, shaded picnic areas, a basketball goal, two tennis courts, and two restroom facilities.
  • Veterans Park - This 8-acre park has many mature trees and has a scenic view along the Cibolo Creek. Proposed plans for this park include walking trails, picnic tables, and pavilions.
  • Meadow Oaks Park - It is a 1-acre park consisting of a playground, a lighted picnic area, and a basketball court.

Universal City also has two parks meeting some unique interests of its residents.

  • The Universal City Dog Park is conveniently located next to the Universal City Animal Care and Control Facility. The park features separate playing areas for large and small dogs.
  • Disc Golf Park in Universal City is a full 18-hole disc golf course located in the Universal City Park and Universal City Cibolo Creek Preserve area. The course challenges all level of players with diverse terrain and settings.

Other Recreational Opportunities

thumb.phpIf you enjoy golf, the course at Northcliffe Golf Club, originally designed in 1979 by Joe Finger for a housing community in Schertz Texas, is open to the public. Universal City has Olympia Hills Golf course, an 18-hole layout 18-hole featuring multiple tees and dramatic elevation changes. The course is extremely picturesque with some of the largest live oaks in Bexar county, native vegetation and wildlife, and breathtaking views.

Many of the housing developments in these three communities have their own pools, playgrounds, and recreational facilities. Talk to your Realtor about any special interests your family has, and they can help you locate communities that provide the amenities you want or that are close to the recreational activities your family enjoys.

The communities of Schertz, Cibolo, and Universal City provide their citizens with everything imperative for a safe and satisfying life. If you desire a more cosmopolitan shopping experience, San Antonio is no more than 30 minutes away. For work and play, and all the requirements of daily life, these communities are ready to serve your needs quickly and efficiently. If you are moving to Randolph Air Force Base, you can find more information at each of the city’s official website. However, the information we have included in this article should serve as your ultimate guide to this area.

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