It was a rainy, exciting Sunday, as a ribbon cutting ceremony signaled the official opening of the new Willow Fork Park in Katy! The idea began in 2010, but it was only in the past year that motorists passing on the Grand Parkway, watched in anticipation as the long awaited addition was being built.
Willow Fork Park is 32-acre park behind Cinco Ranch High School in Katy. The community now has trails, a pavilion, a 4.5-acre lake, and a playground for children, near the entrance of the park. The park will be open seven days per week during the daylight hours.
The park is also environmentally friendly. There is solar lighting and over 50 percent native and naturalized plant species to reduce irrigation use. Park planners are working with the adjacent Municipal Utility District on getting reclaimed water to serve the lake and all the irrigation system.
There will eventually be catch and release fishing, but he lake will not be artificially stocked. The operators of the facility will let that happen naturally. “It’ll be slow to start, but in the next year to two years you’ll start to see fish out here, starting small and getting bigger.”, Park Officials say.
Students from the Katy Independent School District will also utilize the park for science and athletics. The facility was designed to host cross-country meets. The property is owned by the school district and is operated by the drainage district as part of a 50-year lease.
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