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Mason Road Park | Small Community Park in Katy, Texas

Gazebo in Mason Road Park
Posted: March 19, 2018 at 4:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Mason Road Park

My husband and I have been passing Mason Road Park for some time on one of our routes to and from places in Katy, Texas. Last week we decided to stop and check it out. The zip code is 77449.

This small six-acre park is on North Mason Road between Clay Road on the north and Morton Road to the south.  It is surrounded by subdivisions.  Bridgewater Village borders the north side of this park with Westland Creek Village on the south.  Lakes of Bridgewater is just southeast.

There is a small parking lot just off of North Mason Road. The parking lot is adjacent to the gazebo and a good number of picnic tables and BBQ pits.  The day we pulled in some workers were using the parking lot as a gathering place to enjoy their lunches.  Most of the people who use this park probably come from the surrounding subdivisions.

Park Sign

Park Sign

Park Sign

Park Sign

Gazebo and Picnic Tables

Gazebo and Picnic Tables

Mason Road Park Trail

According to the park website, the trail length is 1.6 miles.  There is a loop trail surrounding the park, but then there are other one-way trails that dead end into subdivisions.  Perhaps someday these trails will be extended to connect with other parks.

Many northern mockingbirds were viewed as well as heard while we were walking the trails.  This one pictured above seemed to be claiming the gazebo area as his territory.  He is sitting on a BBQ pit in this photo.

Others were perched in trees singing a medley of sounds.  In the spring of the year, males are particularly noisy in trying to attract females when ready to mate.  Most northern mockingbirds are monogamous and return to the same areas to breed and raise offspring.  I always get a kick out of listening to all of the many noises that they mimic.

Northern Mockingbird in Mason Road Park

Northern Mockingbird in Mason Road Park

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Views From The Trail

A lovely trellis is on site which houses three benches and offers some shade.  The wisteria vines were blooming which added beauty to the lovely landscaping.

The paved trails are very level, and we saw several people walking, jogging and running.

Most of the planted trees are still small, so there is little shade at this point.  As the landscaping matures this will change.

Trellis in Mason Road Park

Trellis in Mason Road Park

Blooming Wisteria

Blooming Wisteria

A jogger in Mason Road Park

A jogger in Mason Road Park

Drainage ditch

Drainage ditch

Drainage Ditch in Park

Many of the paved pathways are alongside a drainage ditch.  So much of our Houston Metro Area is developed along drainage ditches, creeks and bayous which eventually empty out into the Gulf of Mexico.

We spotted several red-eared slider turtles swimming in the water below us.

Drainage ditch

Drainage ditch

Red-eared Slider Turtle

Red-eared Slider Turtle

Trees and Wildflowers

The redbud trees in Mason Road Park were clad with their bountiful springtime blossoms.  I still miss the one that we used to have growing in our backyard.  It added such beauty to our landscaping.

Plentiful blooming wildflowers were growing in the grassy areas alongside the trails. All one has to do is look down at a wide variety of colorful wildflowers of all sizes, shapes, and colors.  Butterflies were flitting about going from one flower to the next.

Redbud tree blossoms

Redbud tree blossoms

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Landscaping in Mason Road Park

Landscaping in Mason Road Park

We enjoyed our exploration of this Precinct 3 Park in Harris County.  In the central part of the park nearest North Mason Road where the gazebo and trellis are located is a wide open grassy area in the center of the loop trail.  I can envision kids flying kites or throwing balls back and forth.  It is a lovely small community park that everyone can enjoy.  Just know that no water or restrooms are provided so plan accordingly.

 

 

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