Central Green Park to open soon in LaCenterra

The Willow Fork Drainage District's new Central Green Park will be unveiled to the community at a grand opening event June 1.

The approximately one-half acre venue is slated to open in mixed-use development LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch by the end of the month. Grand opening festivities will include a variety of family friendly carnival style activities with balloon artists, face painting, stilt walkers and a photo booth. A bounce house, an obstacle course and a rock climbing wall will also be available at the event.

Chad Pitt from the Mix 96.5 radio station will emcee the event, give away tickets to a Sara Bareilles concert and play music throughout the festivities. Toast and Jam, a local country and classic rock band, will headline a concert from 7:309:30 p.m. for residents and guests.

"The purpose of [Central Green Park] is to provide the community with a place to host events that are family focused and to have a place to enjoy the weather when it's nice outside," said Jennie Bui-McCoy, account manager at Elmore Public Relations.

Bill Odle, managing principal at TBG Partners that serves as landscape architects for Central Green, said the drainage district voted to approve park bonds to make various improvements for community spaces in November 2011. Construction on Central Green began in November 2012 and its cost is expected to total about $1.7 million.

Odle said the Willow Fork area did not previously have many large gathering spaces, and the venue will provide a place to celebrate holidays, host garage sales and other public events.

"[Central Green Park] provides the one piece that has really been missing from the Willow Fork area," Odle said.

April Renberg, a board member with the drainage district, said officials hired a consultant and are in the development stage of planning specific events to be offered throughout the year at the Park. Officials are discussing potential ideas for the space including movie nights, dancing under the stars, toddler days and more, she said.

Renberg said residents and guests who are interested in using the new space in the coming months should contact Julie Bergen, program director of the Central Green Park, for more information.

Free. 49:30 p.m. Central Green Park, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard.713-524-0661. www.willowforkdrainagedistrict.com



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