Regional Spotlight: Live Oak
What began as a rich farming community and ranching tradition with about 300 residents has evolved into a bustling suburb with large retail areas, a plethora of restaurants and commercial districts, and over 16,800 residents.
Tell us a little about the City of Live Oak.
Live Oak can be described as a “little city” with a “big impact”. This clean, vibrant, accessible, safe, and fun place is where residents can raise children, receive an education, work close to home, and comfortably retire.
Education is important to Live Oak residents. This city offers students of all ages an educational opportunities from daycares, elementaries, early college high school, two-year degree college programs, and four-year degrees and master’s programs.
What makes Live Oak unique within the San Antonio region?
Live Oak is located on two major thoroughfares IH-35 and Loop 1604, creating easy access for local, out-of-town, and international shoppers to visit the retail hubs of Live Oak and to have a great dining experience at the same time. Live Oak has six hotels available for out-of-town families to relax and unwind. Its close proximity to the San Antonio airport, Six Flags, and the downtown Riverwalk makes Live Oak an attractive spot. No traffic headaches, just a city with friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere with lots to do.
Live Oak has a beautiful park system that includes a 21-acre lake, park pavilions, full size football field, three baseball fields, municipal clubhouse and pool, fishing pier, skate park, and two renowned Disc Golf courses.
If you could highlight one major project, what would it be?
Currently, the EDC is partnering with Parks and Rec for a Park Trail expansion project to connect the swimming pool recreation area to the trails at Main City Park. The goal is to connect the entire city with walking and biking trails from neighborhoods to shops and eateries. The park trail expansion project will also include new concrete park bench pads and drinking fountains along the paths.
$1.5 million has been funded by the Live Oak EDC for the park trail project, tree planting in the park, and new playground equipment, and playscape for two different areas in the Main City Park. This quality-of-life project will be the largest Live Oak park system improvement in over 10 years. The collaboration has been seamless and in line with the 2040 City’s Comprehensive Plan
What makes your community a great place for people and jobs?
Live Oak has a little of everything, whether you are a skilled trade, home business, retail, education, hospitality, medical field, local government, light manufacturer, or a stay-at-home caretaker for younger children or aging parents, Live Oak is the place to live and work. The community offers short commutes to and from work, and your children are close by at the local schools or daycare centers.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
One of our favorite things to do is to boast about Live Oak. What began as a rich farming community and ranching tradition of about 300 residents has evolved into a bustling suburb with large retail areas, a plethora of restaurants and commercial districts, and over 16,800 residents.
Our humble beginnings and rich history are truly the foundation of Live Oak and what provides its hometown charm. Since the first City Council meeting, held under a cluster of Oak trees, leaders at the time named the town what we all love and know today: Live Oak. Today, the Live Oak City Council and EDC will continue to choose the big-impact projects by staying strategic with future commercial and residential developments.
Learn more at www.liveoaktx.net.