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Mason Road Park: Small Community Park in Katy, Texas

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Gazebo in Mason Road Park of Katy, Texas

Gazebo in Mason Road Park of Katy, Texas

Mason Road Park

My husband and I have been passing Mason Road Park for some time. It is 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 in 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.

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 this bird's territory. The mockingbird 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.

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 pretty 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.

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.

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. It was easy to see a wide variety of colorful wildflowers of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Butterflies were flitting about going from one flower to the next.

Location

We enjoyed our exploration of this Precinct 3 Park in Harris County. The address is 3418 North Mason Road, Katy, Texas 77449.

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.

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

— E. O. Wilson

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Mason Road Park

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2020:

Hi Larry,

I agree. We have many such parks in the Houston metro area that add to the quality of life here. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Larry on September 18, 2020:

Small parks in an urban setting add so much to the quality of life in the big city.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

Given the size of the park, I doubt that restrooms will be added. I have a feeling that the people living around it are most probably the typical users of the park. Yes, when the trees get larger in size, it will be even more beautiful.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 12, 2020:

Having a green area with trails and playing areas within a city is most welcome. Looks like this area is still being developed. Once the trees grow up it will offer the much-needed shade and make it more beautiful. I hope provision for water and restrooms are made in the future.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

Hi Liz,

So very true. Small parks can offer people just what they need. One does not always have to head out to larger parks to enjoy the outdoors.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

It was fun sharing this park with my husband as we walked the pathways and enjoyed viewing the birds and flowers, etc. Thanks for your comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 21, 2020:

Clearly size doesn't matter in the provision of parks. This shows that quality of park land can be achieved just as well in a smaller location.

Rosina S Khan on April 20, 2020:

It was fun knowing about Mason Road Park and its trail along with mocking birds, trees and wild flowers. I am glad you and your husband enjoyed a lot there. I loved reading about this park and the quote at the end by E. O. Wilson was intriguing. Thank you for sharing, Peggy.