Following the addition of two new parks this year, Woodforest continues to enhance its residential amenities with the completion of the first phase of Christine Allen Nature Park.
The 33-acre park will receive a new entry that opens to a park green with a curb-free drop-off area. Nearby is a restroom building. A paved parking lot will be able to accommodate 30 cars, and two accessible parking spaces are being added. Two overlooks offering views of the park will anchor a pedestrian bridge spanning a detention pond.
“The goal is for Christine Allen Nature Park to be a premier event space that can accommodate large-scale events such as the popular Woodforest Craft Fest, as well as a place where residents can jog, walk or bike and our Director of Fun can host one of her many outside events during the year,” said Virgil Yoakum, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Woodforest.
The park debuted in Woodforest two years ago, and has been used primarily as the event site for the Woodforest Craft Fest, an open-air event combining craft beer samples and live music that drew nearly 2,000 people in its first year in 2016. The phase 1 enhancements will make the park more enticing as an event venue.
Earlier this year, Woodforest opened Kingsley Park, an urban-inspired 1-acre green space that features harvest tables under café lights, an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit and event lawn. Wallaroo Park also opened this year in Woodforest and offers an innovative Sona Play Arch — a dynamic structure that uses smart camera technology to measure the movement of those playing games using sound and movement.
The 12.5-foot tall, 16.4-foot wide colorful arch is anchored by a play floor that features colors and numbers used in the interactive technology, all of which have increasingly difficult levels of play. Because of its size, the Sona Play Arch can also accommodate children in wheelchairs and is developed to be accessible for children with mental and physical disabilities. Developed by Yalp, the Sona Play Arch has been installed in more than 300 locations worldwide, including public park spaces, shopping malls and health centers.
Residents also enjoy pools, a spray park, playgrounds, tennis courts, a basketball court, a dog park, trails, the Stampede Sportsplex and proximity to Woodforest Golf Club. The community recently was listed at No. 38 on a mid-year report of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities compiled by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. Homes in Woodforest are priced from the $180,000s.