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Mason Road Park
My husband and I have been passing Mason Road Park for some time. It is on one of our routes to and from places in Katy, Texas. Last week we decided to stop and check it out. The zip code is 77449.
This small six-acre park is on North Mason Road between Clay Road on the north and Morton Road to the south. It is surrounded by subdivisions. Bridgewater Village borders the north side of this park with Westland Creek Village in the south. Lakes of Bridgewater is just southeast.
There is a small parking lot just off of North Mason Road. The parking lot is adjacent to the gazebo and a good number of picnic tables and BBQ pits. The day we pulled in, some workers were using the parking lot as a gathering place to enjoy their lunches. Most of the people who use this park probably come from the surrounding subdivisions.
Mason Road Park Trail
According to the park website, the trail length is 1.6 miles. There is a loop trail surrounding the park, but then there are other one-way trails that dead-end into subdivisions. Perhaps someday these trails will be extended to connect with other parks.
Many northern mockingbirds were viewed as well as heard while we were walking the trails. This one pictured above seemed to be claiming the gazebo area as this bird's territory. The mockingbird is sitting on a BBQ pit in this photo.
Others were perched in trees singing a medley of sounds. In the spring of the year, males are particularly noisy in trying to attract females when ready to mate. Most northern mockingbirds are monogamous and return to the same areas to breed and raise offspring. I always get a kick out of listening to all of the many noises that they mimic.
Views From The Trail
A lovely trellis is on-site, which houses three benches and offers some shade. The wisteria vines were blooming, which added beauty to the pretty landscaping.
The paved trails are very level, and we saw several people walking, jogging, and running.
Most of the planted trees are still small, so there is little shade at this point. As the landscaping matures, this will change.
Drainage Ditch in Park
Many of the paved pathways are alongside a drainage ditch. So much of our Houston Metro Area is developed along drainage ditches, creeks, and bayous, which eventually empty out into the Gulf of Mexico.
We spotted several red-eared slider turtles swimming in the water below us.
Trees and Wildflowers
The redbud trees in Mason Road Park were clad with their bountiful springtime blossoms. I still miss the one that we used to have growing in our backyard. It added such beauty to our landscaping.
Plentiful blooming wildflowers were growing in the grassy areas alongside the trails. It was easy to see a wide variety of colorful wildflowers of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Butterflies were flitting about going from one flower to the next.
We enjoyed our exploration of this Precinct 3 Park in Harris County. The address is 3418 North Mason Road, Katy, Texas 77449.
In the central part of the park nearest North Mason Road, where the gazebo and trellis are located is a wide-open grassy area in the center of the loop trail. I can envision kids flying kites or throwing balls back and forth. It is a lovely small community park that everyone can enjoy.
Just know that no water or restrooms are provided, so plan accordingly.
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
— E. O. Wilson
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