League City renaming and signing hike and bike trails

City Manager John Baumgartner (holding the sign) stands with other stakeholders near one of the new trailhead signs installed across Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside and Rustic Oaks Park. (Courtesy city of League City)
City Manager John Baumgartner (holding the sign) stands with other stakeholders near one of the new trailhead signs installed across Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside and Rustic Oaks Park. (Courtesy city of League City)

City Manager John Baumgartner (holding the sign) stands with other stakeholders near one of the new trailhead signs installed across Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside and Rustic Oaks Park. (Courtesy city of League City)

League City has unveiled the first set of several trailhead signs planned throughout the city.

According to a Feb. 17 news release, Phase 1 of the parks and recreation department’s plan to name and provide signs to the city’s hike and bike trails is called the Feathered Friends Trail System because each trail has been named after birds that migrate to the League City area in the spring or fall.


The phase includes over two dozen signs located at trails at and around Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside and Rustic Oaks Park. The signs include wayfinding and mileage details along with information on birdwatching and park amenities, the release reads.

Phases 2 and 3 will be designed this year and installed by early 2023 and include trails renamed after coastal creatures and Texas plants and wildflowers. Texas master naturalist Kristine Rivers, who regularly hosts nature events in League City, will help design and create the signs for these trails, according to the release.

Sarah Greer Osborne, director of communications and media relations for League City, said the city has always had unusual names for its hike and bike trails, like the FM 518 Bypass Trail. Renaming them makes them catchier while also promoting what makes League City special, such as its birding and proximity to the coast.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.