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As Bridgeland development grows, people may see more public events

December 21, 2018

Children dressed in winter hats and scarves laughed as they sledded down snow hills in Parkland Village on Friday, Dec 14.

This scene, while perhaps characteristic of the holiday season for some in colder climates, was anything but typical for Parkland Village, which is located in Bridgeland — a development in the northwest greater Houston area.

The snow hills were created especially for Parkland Village’s inaugural Snow Night event, during which Bridgeland invited members of surrounding communities to join in on Parkland’s festivities.

In addition to snow sledding, Santa was available for photos, and homebuilders hosted children’s activities within holiday-decorated model homes. Carolers sang Christmas songs and food trucks served hot chocolate to guests.

Despite the cold weather, an estimated 400 to 500 people attended Snow Night, which may become an annual occurrence. As the Bridgeland development increases in size, so too may the number of public events.

Bridgeland Past

Bridgeland celebrated their grand opening in 2006.

Bridgeland is owned and managed by the Howard Hughes Company — a real estate development company that also owns the Woodlands and Woodland Hills developments.

Located on 11,400 acres in the Cypress area, Bridgeland is the third largest master-planned community in the greater Houston area, according to Lona Shipp, director of residential marketing for the Howard Hughes Corporation.

Four-story Bridgeland High School opened in Aug. 2017. In spring 2018, Bridgeland opened Parkland Village — the second of the four villages planned in the community. Lakeland Village was the first village to open and is nearly built out, said Shipp.

At the same time Parkland Village was opened, Bridgeland opened Josey Lake — a 140-acre lake system.

Bridgeland Present

Residents of Bridgeland have had access to Josey Lake since April, which include park space, a two-story birding tower with a sky-bridge spanning across the lake with stationary binoculars to birdwatch.

“It’s a really unique element for our residents,” Shipp said. “It not only serves as a place for storm water to be stored, but it really becomes a nature element within the community because we have left a lot of the shoreline with native grasses and plants.”

Educational panels are placed along the lake describing the flora and fauna and information about the purpose of Josey Lake.

Bridgeland’s next big amenity — Dragonfly Park — is currently under construction in the heart of Parkland Village.

“It’s a 25-acre park space and 25-acres of lake,” Shipp said. “Right now, the community center is going up. The lazy river, the resort-style pool, the dog park, tennis courts and all of that will complement the area. We’ve had a little bit of delays with all the rain that we had this season, but we’re expecting it to grand open in the summer.”

Currently, the Bridgeland development has 3,300 occupied homes in the community, said Shipp. But, this is only a fraction of what’s set to come.

Bridgeland Future

When Bridgeland’s residential development is complete, the community anticipates having about 20,000 homes.

The other two villages will be built west of the Grand Parkway. Prairieland Village is expected to grand open first, followed by Creekland Village. Shipp said Bridgeland is still a couple of years out from opening anything west of the Grand Parkway.

Bridgeland also intends to have one job available per each household within the community.

“Timeline is about 25 more years for the residential side until we build out and then commercial will take another decade or two after that for the potential office space, hospitality, entertainment — all that we’re hoping to have in our 900-acre town center,” Shipp said.

According to Shipp, the community may begin hosting activities throughout the year; for example, a free yoga day, farmer’s market, or concert.

“We haven’t outlined exactly what those events would be, but we’re brainstorming and looking at different possibilities,” Shipp said. “Especially with Josie, there’s a huge event lawn and pavilion that has restrooms, so it’s very easy to open that up for maybe a concert in the park that we invite the public to. As often as we can and as much as budget will allow, we’re really wanting to invite people to fun activities there in that space.”

mfeuk@hcnonline.com

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