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The Woodlands Town Center, home of The Woodlands Waterway®, is a downtown in the forest with major shopping, upscale urban residences, entertainment and a thriving 24/7 business environment. It has been planned and developed by some of the pre-eminent urban designers and architects in the country, including Cooper Robertson & Partners, Elkus Manfredi, Kenneth Park Architects, Lucas Associates, Sasaki Associates and Street-Works.
Central to the sense of place in Town Center is The Woodlands Waterway, a 1.4-mile linear park and transportation corridor that invites visitors to hop aboard a “Waterway Cruiser” and travel to offices, restaurants, urban residences, shopping centers, hotels, parks and landmarks along the way. A landscaped network of paths for pedestrian travel and a trolley system provide additional modes of “green” travel. Parks along The Waterway include Riva Row Park for kayakers, Town Green Park for large community events, and The Koi Garden, a peaceful Asian-inspired greenspace.
Town Center has become one of the hottest commercial building markets in Greater Houston. The growth is ongoing, with new buildings, such as 24 Waterway Avenue and 4 Waterway Square in The Waterway Square District fully leased and more on the drawing board. Major shopping venues including the 1.3 million square-foot The Woodlands Mall and 34-acre Market Street; plus entertainment venues such as The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, one of the world’s most popular outdoor amphitheaters, and two Cinemark movie theaters attract more than 20 million visitors a year to Town Center.
Click here to view the current design plan for The Woodlands Town Center.
From Houston or Bush Intercontinental Airport, go north on I-45 or the Hardy Toll Road to the Woodlands Parkway exit (76B) and take the flyover directly into The Woodlands. From the north, take the Woodlands Parkway exit (76), and go south on the feeder road until signs direct you to turn onto Woodlands Parkway.
Community and convenience play important roles in The Woodlands experience. Each village setting includes easy access to wonderful parks, playgrounds, schools, religious congregations and shopping. Trails and pathways connect many of the amenities found in the villages nestled among beautiful homes and towering trees.
To experience village life in The Woodlands, take a drive through the residential neighborhoods on a sunny afternoon. You’ll see families cycling along the bike trails or walking their dogs, shopping at the local village center, picnicking and kite flying at the neighborhood park. There’s a pleasant flurry of activity that evokes a friendly, welcoming place. No matter what the day brings, chances are you’ll only have to travel 10-15 minutes in any given direction to buy a birthday gift, go to a worship service, pick up your dry cleaning, or visit a friend and her new baby at the hospital. It’s about convenience, and so much more. It’s about community.
If you are shopping for a new home in The Woodlands, you will have a choice of neighborhoods that range from golf course, to lakeside, to the urban setting of Town Center, to an exclusive gated community. Home styles range from edgy lofts and brownstones to five and six-bedroom family homes and estates. A wide range of pricing offers everyone the opportunity to put down roots in this special place.
From the beginning of its 36-year history, excellence in education and lifelong learning has been a top priority in the development of The Woodlands. From outstanding pre-schools to the Academy for Lifelong Learning for seniors, The Woodlands offers exceptional educational experiences for people of all ages. Here you will find a choice of more than 30 pre-schools and childcare centers; exemplary public schools and acclaimed private schools; plus associates, undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Lone Star College-Montgomery and Lone Star College-University Center, all without ever leaving The Woodlands.
Parks, Pathways and Lakes
With 127 forested parks and 198 miles of hike and bike trails, you can bike, walk, run, or just take the dog for a leisurely stroll whenever the mood strikes you. There are large community parks in each village that include swimming pools (many have spraygrounds and other fun water features), dual playgrounds for older and younger children, lighted tennis and basketball courts, wheel friendly areas, dog parks, BMX tracks, jogging tracks, picnic pavilions and playfields.
Many of the parks have unique features:
Rob Fleming Park has a Bluebonnet Meadow, the perfect place for family photos when the wildflowers bloom in the spring. The adjoining Rob Fleming Aquatic Center has a lazy river, two-story flume slide for tubing and interactive play structure with 150-gallon dump bucket
Town Green Park on The Waterway includes a children’s literary labyrinth with giant books depicting modern versions of Aesop’s Fables
Windvale Park has a butterfly garden and jogging track circling a pond
Cranebrook Park has a large, interactive water park
Terramont Park has a slide that is encased in a hill and a Frisbee golf course
Bear Branch Park has a barrier-free playground and wheel friendly area
Avalon Park in Grogan’s Forest has a bocci court
In addition to the large, village-wide parks, there are many neighborhood parks and tot lots within the residential neighborhoods. These smaller parks include playgrounds, pavilions and plenty of open green space.
Park pavilions and soccer fields can be reserved for parties and special events through The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation. There is also a complete list of all the parks, with location maps and a detailed matrix showing features at each park on The Woodlands Township website atwww.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.
Lakes & Ponds
Scattered throughout The Woodlands are many sparkling lakes and ponds. Lake Woodlands is the largest at 200 acres, and is a favorite of sculling enthusiasts and kayakers. It is also the site of the YMCA Dragon Boat races each year. Lake Woodlands and the smaller ponds throughout the community, many of which are in or near parks and golf courses, are also great places to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet and watch abundant bird life. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted in The Woodlands, including American Bald Eagles who have nested and fledged their young near Lake Woodlands since 1999. Even in Town Center, the ‘downtown’ of The Woodlands, there’s the cool beauty of The Woodlands Waterway® to relax and refresh the senses.
Riva Row Boat House
Riva Row Park and Boat House is a new scenic and recreational amenity on the west end of The Woodlands Waterway®. This 1.6-acre park was designed to connect the upper and lower levels of The Waterway to street level at Riva Row. It also provides an important pedestrian connection from parking areas used during events at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. It is within walking distance from The Pavilion, Market Street, Town Green Park and a short trolley ride from any spot along The Woodlands Waterway®.
The western edge of the park is bordered by “The Falls at Riva Row”, a waterfall feature adjacent to The Boardwalk at Town Center, a luxury apartment community on Riva Row. The primary feature of the park is Riva Row Boat House, conceived as a sculptural feature and landmark along The Waterway with a floating, curved copper roof, reminiscent of the soaring tensile roof structure of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Kayak rentals are available at the Riva Row Boat House along with light concessions and lockers. Parking is available along Riva Row and in adjacent parking lots. The Boat House is operated by The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation Department. For more information, call 281-210-3965 or visitwww.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.
The Koi Garden on The Woodlands Waterway®
The Koi Garden, an Asian-inspired garden and koi pond, is located on the south side of The Woodlands Waterway®. The garden was created on and around two "tear-drop" shaped islands in The Waterway that are linked to the banks of The Waterway by pedestrian bridges. The garden was designed to be place for quiet contemplation and meditation, where visitors can reconnect with nature.
The koi pond is one of the largest of its kind outside of public arboreta or gardens. A variety of distinctive materials and exotic plantings enhance the Koi Garden, along with the 60,000 gallon koi pond that is separated from The Waterway by dams. The Koi Garden is secluded from a pedestrian walkway along The Waterway by decorative walls, fences and timber bamboo, native to Asia. The koi in the pond are Japanese imports selectively bred for their brilliant colors and appealing patterns.