West Houston residents, more specifically those in Westchase District, now have a new park and green space for year-round play, arts and culture, classes and seasonal events with the opening of the expansive Woodchase Park.
Located at 3951 Woodchase Drive south of Westpark Drive at the Westpark Tollway, the area’s largest and first fully programmed public park will serve the more than 6,500 households located within a mile radius. The park also connects to the Westchase Trail, which runs between Gessner Road and Briarpark Drive.
Spanning close to two acres, Woodchase Park will offer more than 350 year-round events, all programmed by Westchase District, focusing on fitness, education, arts, culture and seasonal activities such as Spring Break Week, Summer Spectacular Movie Nights, Halloween and Christmas. Public art displays also are planned.
“It’s more than opening a new gem for Westchase District, it’s about changing the narrative of the area – that we’re more than a collection of urban office settings,” explains Sherry Fox, vice president of communications for Westchase District.
Woodchase Park is home to a community garden with classes in planting and gardening offered by Harris County Master Gardeners. It also features more than 75 new or transplanted trees, including 17 mature, Highrise Live Oaks relocated from medians on Westheimer Road.
Other amenities include a 7,500-square-foot activity lawn, multi-purpose pavilion, children’s play area with rock climbing wall and water misting feature, fenced dog park, walking path and exercise station, restrooms, public WiFi, café tables and seating, and onsite parking.
“We certainly expect the park to be a go-to spot for the community,” Fox adds.
The park’s grand opening marks the start of ten days of festivities including fitness classes, a horticulture class, Bark in the Park, a Pre-K reading day and others. All events are free and open to the public. Visit woodchasepark.com for updates and a complete calendar of planned activities.
The 1.75-acre parcel was purchased by the City of Houston in 2016. Westchase District managed the design and construction of the park and is responsible for its programming and maintenance.