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Exploration Park in Katy, TX: Willow Fork Drainage District Beauty!

Exploration Park
Posted: December 31, 2018 at 10:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Learning Combined With Fun

Much thought and planning went into the parks and interconnected trails of the Willow Fork Drainage District. The public has much to gain from those efforts.

Children and their parents can be particularly grateful for the creation of Exploration Park. While we had no children accompanying us upon our discovery of this delightful playground and beautifully landscaped park, my husband and I were genuinely impressed by everything that we saw and experienced on the day of our visit. The other parks that are a part of the WFDD include the following:

Exploration Park

Exploration Park

Location in Katy, TX

The address of Exploration Park is 15020 Cinco Park Road, Katy, Texas 77450. Lucky are the people living in the neighborhoods adjacent to this park.  The park opened in the Spring of 2015. Parents of children attending the nearby Creech Elementary School are probably familiar with this recreation area. For all others with toddlers and children aged up to around 12, be sure to head on over to this place of discovery, fun, and sheer beauty.

Pretty landscaping

Pretty landscaping

Exploration Park

Exploration Park

Playground area

Playground area

Landscaping

Park hours are from sunrise to sunset. Fencing surrounds the grounds, and the three entrances have latching gates to keep the little ones safe.

A shaded pavilion with picnic tables is on site. There are no reservations for this space, so it is available on a first come, first serve basis. The landscaping consists of a wide variety of hearty native plants, dry creek bed areas with small pebble-type rocks and an assortment of larger stones used for climbing or as seating.

Exploration Park showing Pavilion and Musical Bridge

Exploration Park showing Pavilion and Musical Bridge

Pretty landscaping

Pretty landscaping

Pretty landscaping

Pretty landscaping

Educational Signs and Play Areas

Throughout the play area are educational signs. These signs inform people about water cycles, water preservation, plants in the sensory garden, and more.

The play areas are atypical. One green grassy area simulates the effects of an imagined huge raindrop causing ripples in the lawn. A variety of swings, slides and other interactive recreational items, some of which we have never previously seen, are located in this particular park. One example is the bridge when walked upon that makes musical sounds. There is a tower that is a focal point, and in which kids can learn things during playtime.

Tower in the park

Tower in the park

Unique swing

Unique swing

Exploration Park

Exploration Park

It is a fun environment. There were many smiles upon the faces of young and old alike on the day of our visit. One note of caution however…there are water fountains but no restrooms on site. Also, no pets are allowed.

Exploration Park

Exploration Park

Free parking is available in an adjacent area along a water diversion channel near Barker Reservoir which is across the street from Exploration Park. We spotted several egrets, herons, and turtles plus a fisherman trying his luck in catching perhaps his dinner that evening.

Near Exploration Park

Near Exploration Park

Water diversion channel near the park

Water diversion channel near the park

Trying to catch some fish

Trying to catch some fish

 

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