PHOTOS: Get a first look at Tomball's newly opened Broussard Park

The Tomball community celebrated the opening of Broussard Park with a ribbon-cutting Sept. 25 after more than five years of work. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Tomball community celebrated the opening of Broussard Park with a ribbon-cutting Sept. 25 after more than five years of work. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Tomball community celebrated the opening of Broussard Park with a ribbon-cutting Sept. 25 after more than five years of work. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

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City Manager Rob Hauck addresses staff and community members during the Sept. 25 ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Houston Dynamo Dash Youth has partnered with the city to man the park's soccer fields. The youth soccer club organization will have practices and games at the park, which are expected to draw upward of 1,000 guests, club leadership said. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Bruce Broussard (right), CEO of Humana Inc., donated the land to the city for a park in late 2014. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Public officials, dignitaries and staff from Harris County Precinct 4 and the city of Tomball attended the ribbon-cutting, which was also broadcast live on social media. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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City Manager Rob Hauck (left) and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle address staff and community members during a Sept. 25 ribbon-cutting for Broussard Park in Tomball. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle speaks during the Sept. 25 event, praising the partnership between the city of Tomball and Harris County Precinct 4. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle presented a proclamation to elected officials with the city of Tomball—including Mayor Gretchen Fagan (center) and Council Members Lori Klein Quinn, Derek Townsend and Chad Degges—during the Sept. 25 event. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Broussard Park features amenities, such as pergolas, picnic tables and barbecue grills. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Broussard Park is located at the intersection of Hufsmith and Zion roads in the city of Tomball. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Tomball community celebrated the opening of Broussard Park with a ribbon-cutting Sept. 25 after more than five years of work. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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All of the amenities at Broussard Park are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, City Manager Rob Hauck said. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The park features a sensory cottage. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The park features a variety of playground equipment. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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In partnership with Precinct 4, several historic seedlings have been planted at Broussard Park as part of Precinct 4's Legacy Trees project. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The park features a fishing pier and pond for catch-and-release fishing. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Exercise stations are placed around the park's trails. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The park features a fishing pier and pond for catch-and-release fishing. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The park was developed in part through the use of grant funds from Texas Parks & Wildlife, City Manager Rob Hauck said. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Tomball and Harris County Precinct 4 celebrated the opening of Broussard Park on Sept. 25, more than five years after the city first received the donated land for the park.

Humana Inc. CEO Bruce Broussard donated the land at Hufsmith and Zion roads to the city in 2014, and a playground was built in partnership with KaBoom! in 2015 on the site, as Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

"But it really wasn't a park yet; it was a playground," City Manager Rob Hauck said during the Sept. 25 ribbon-cutting. "In late 2015, the city was awarded a significant grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife, and that really helped start this ball rolling."

Hauck said the city spent the next two years planning and designing the approximately 14-acre park. The park has since been under construction since 2018, he said, and work has included moving the entrance to align with Zion Road; adding soccer fields; installing utilities and lighting; and constructing a fishing pond and a pier, among other amenities.

Community Impact Newspaper reported in November 2019 that the former house on the property had been demolished to get the park fully operational. Now open, Broussard Park also includes a sensory cottage, playground equipment, trails installed in partnership with Harris County Precinct 4, exercise stations, restrooms, concessions, a wildflower meadow and enhanced signage.


Hauck also said the park's amenities are all compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"I know the family I bought [the land] from was the original family back in the 1800s that actually lived here, and I think they would be ecstatic to see that their farmland has been here for all this time," Broussard said.

The city of Tomball partnered with Harris County Precinct 4 to join Broussard Park with Precinct 4's neighboring Mathews Park last fall, sharing services and trail-building for the parks, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. As well as sharing services for the park, Precinct 4 also celebrated the opening of Broussard Park with the planting of historic seedlings as part of its Legacy Trees Project to plant trees with historic roots from across the state, Precinct 4 officials said.

"Taxpayers love it when they see their community working together with their governments and their governments working together to benefit them," Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle said.

In addition, the city of Tomball has partnered with Houston Dynamo Dash Youth soccer club to use the soccer fields at the park.

"Beginning next week, actually, we'll start some practices here," Technical Director Don Gimmell said. "We're estimating between 500 and 1,000 people coming here next Saturday, so that's exciting for us. ... We hope with the growth of our programming and partnering with the city of Tomball [that] not only the great recreational programs [can we] work with you, but also ... the economic impact of some of the events that we can come to and be a part of."
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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