The start of the new school year is on the horizon, and kids in Bridgeland have much to look forward to at the end of the school day with the completion of several new parks in Parkland Village and the recent opening of Longwing Landing in Prairieland Village, Bridgeland’s newest amenity center.
Bridgeland’s blueprint includes creating ways for residents to engage with the outdoors to connect with neighbors and nature. With the expansion of our community comes more opportunities to explore, revive and connect. From young children to the young at heart, there is something of interest for everyone. In Parkland Village, three new parks will open in the coming weeks. That’s three more opportunities for residents to seek and find their new favorite park.
Located In the neighborhood of Falcon on Lake Somerville Crossing you’ll find Falcon Park. One of the best features of this park is that it is lighted so the fun can continue as the sun goes down. Falcon Park also features a modern farmhouse open air pavilion with picnic tables that complement surrounding home styles. A gaming area contains a permanent corn hole game, foosball table and table tennis. The traditional style playground consists of a large structure offering opportunities for children to test their balance and climbing skills while building strength. The park has long-time favorites like slides, monkey bars, rockers, a seesaw and rotating spinner for several friends who will undoubtedly giggle as they go round together, getting dizzy. A turfed lawn provides space for running, a game of tag or even early morning tai chi. Groves of trees on each side of the park will provide a buffer and shade. The surrounding gardens are planted with perennials native to Texas, for greater impact.
Summer Camp Park
On Butler Mountain Drive in the community of Big Bend Ranch you’ll find Summer Camp Park. This park contains several structures for multiple age ranges. Little ones will have fun exploring stairs, and various slides. Several spinners will accommodate the transfer of a wheelchair, and a variety of swings are offered for babies to tweens. A larger structure for older children, ages five through 12, offers a variety of ropes and climbing features. At the other end of the park you’ll find an interactive climbing hill with climbing ropes, and a rock wall. What goes up, must come down, and children can choose from steep slides or maybe racing a friend down the ramp that makes the slides accessible for everyone. A shade pavilion with picnic area and an activity lawn for games completes the outdoor space.
Canyon Crossing Park
Canyon Crossing Park, located within Colorado Bend at the intersection of Dry Creek Junction Place and Spicewood Canyon Trail, is just steps from McGown Elementary School. It features a large, modern-design play structure that is covered with shade awnings. With several animal rockers and an ADA accessible spinner, the circular park is bordered with several picnic tables, a water fountain with water bottle filler, and bike racks. Also accessible from Summer Camp Drive, the park is sure to be a favorite place for kids to burn off steam after the school day.
The third village amenity center opened in Prairieland Village on June 30. The concept of colored by nature and the butterfly theme is seen throughout the village and in a variety of colorful interpretations within the amenity center. The butterfly shaped pool — one of two pools at center — the butterfly sculpture that overlooks the lake, the emerging caterpillar from the playground surface, and pollinator-attracting landscaping that surrounds the park are all reminders of how The Howard Hughes Corporation creates thoughtfully designed outdoor amenities where residents and nature can thrive together in harmony.
The amenity center also has a main event hall with prep kitchen that can accommodate 150 guests. Bi-fold doors open up the space overlooking the lawn and lake. Outside, a ping pong table with paddles and balls that can be checked out, and an area with BBQ grills and tables are available so residents can make a day of being at the pool. At the playground, canopy sails offer shade for the climbing caterpillar, an ADA compliant swing, spinners, and a climbing web that leads to a tower with a covered slide.
The addition of these new parks brings the total in Bridgeland to over 70! That’s a lot of spaces to get outside and explore. Throughout our community, a park or green space can be found no more than one- quarter mile from every home. Make time to explore these new parks, go bird watching at the bird tower, kayak or canoe on Josey Lake, or make a plan with friends to cycle to one of our themed play parks or beautiful lakes. No matter the trail you take, you will come across any number of parks and places to make new friends and new memories along the way.