The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation department maintains 130 parks throughout The Woodlands. Park amenities include swimming pools, pavilions with barbecue grills and kayak rentals at the Riva Row Boathouse on the Waterway. The Woodlands parks cater to everyone from the young child who wants to swing at a park close to home to the outdoor enthusiast who wants to exercise along waterscapes to residents who want to lounge on a park bench.

Some notable parks include Northshore Park, which offers a concert series on seasonal Sundays; Waterway Square Park, which includes a choreographed water feature; and Rob Fleming Park, which has a large pavilion and fireplace as a backdrop to a large greenspace area.

There is a park within a quarter of a mile of each home in The Woodlands, said Chris Nunes, director of parks and recreation for the township.

“The parks and pathways become a part of everybody’s daily life, where they see people using the parks or use them themselves,” he said. “It becomes an overall way of life in the community.”

Park ranger units patrol the parks 18 hours a day for safety and maintenance, Nunes said. If residents notice an issue that needs to be addressed by the township, such as a broken light fixture, they can communicate the issue to park rangers.

“The parks, including the trees and open spaces, are what makes The Woodlands The Woodlands,” Nunes said. “We have a lot of amenities, right down to a bocce court and a horseshoe pit.”

To reserve a park, pavilion or pool, or for more information about the parks in The Woodlands, call The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department at 281-210-3900.