Officials with Howard Hughes Corp. announced Sept. 23 the opening of Live Oak Park and the planned opening of Celebration Park for residents of the 11,400-acre, master-planned Bridgeland community in Cypress.

Live Oak Park opened in the Bonham neighborhood of Parkland Village in September. It features a pavilion and patio area with swing benches and lounge chairs as well as playground equipment for children.

Celebration Park is slated to open in November in the Parkland Square neighborhood. It will feature a pavilion with tables, lounge seating and gas grill installations as well as playground features, a dog park, deck area and rain gardens. The park will also feature plug-ins for food truck use during events.

In designing the community, Bridgeland officials said their goal was to have no home farther than one quarter of a mile away from a park.

“As we grow our community, we are continuously seeking to provide our residents access to thoughtfully designed, well executed, and beautiful outdoor spaces throughout Bridgeland,” said Heath Melton, executive vice president of master-planned communities with Howard Hughes Corp., in a statement. “The addition of these parks fits into our overarching mission to utilize the environment to help promote outdoor activities which enhance health and wellness for those who live here."

The rain garden concept planned at Celebration Park was first announced in 2019 as a way to filter rain and storm water runoff to keep lakes cleaner. The gardens—11 of which are planned throughout Parkland Village—work by receiving polluted runoff from pavement and park spaces and filtering it through the soil. The gardens could also serve educational purposes to teach students at nearby schools about sustainable practices, Melton said.

The new parks open as Bridgeland continues to see record home sales, which are up 33% compared to this time in 2019, according to a Sept. 23 statement.

Cy-Fair ISD and Howard Hughes Corp. also agreed in May on plans for a new elementary school within the community and on longer-term plans involving a 900-acre mixed-use center near the Grand Parkway.