KATY (Covering Katy) – Hundreds of people attended the grand opening of Willow Fork Park on Saturday. It was a beautiful, mild, breezy, and sunny day.
People have been enjoying Willow Fork Park since last November, but Sunday was the official grand opening. The grand opening took place in April because the grass has grown and the fountain is now working,” Willow Fork Drainage District Board President Richard Ward said.
The Willow Fork Drainage District constructed and operates the park on land that is leased from Katy ISD.
The 32-acre park, at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., is accessible through the easternmost driveway of Cinco Ranch High School off Cinco Ranch Boulevard. It includes trails, a pavilion, a playground and a 4.5-acre lake.
Former Houston Texan Amobi Okoye and Super Bowl Champion James Ihedigbo coordinated the NFL Play 60 activities, which were designed to bring awareness to kids of all ages to eat healthy and exercise daily.
Later in the evening the Houston Astronomical Society hosted “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” Participants were able to look through telescopes at the moon and stars while learning ancient stories about the stars.
“This is actually the fourth park (we’ve built),” Ward said. “We started out a couple of years ago with Freedom Park in the George Bush Reservoir. We erected a toilet facility and snack bar for the little league baseball diamonds out there. We drilled a well and installed a treatment system to irrigate the fields.”
Central Green, in LaCenterra, and Exploration Park, near Creech Elementary School, are the other two parks. Ward described Exploration Park as a “kids-related park with a toddler area. There are a number of things kids can climb on.”
Willow Fork Park hours are from dawn to dusk.