Are you up for a bike ride along Spring Creek? Soon residents will be able to hike or bike from Dennis Johnston Park all the way to Highway 59—a distance of nearly 14 miles. And for those who like to go horseback riding, the Spring Creek Greenway has equestrian trails that run parallel to the linear trail system.
Precinct 4 will soon complete the connection between the Greenway and the Foxwoods subdivision and has several proposed federal grants in the pipeline to build additional trail segments near Highway 59 and Interstate 45. Dennis Johnston, Precinct 4 Parks administrator, explains that the trail splits at Highway 59. continue reading »
When the sun goes down and Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center closes for the day, the park lights up with activity. Deer, raccoons, coyotes, and opossums emerge from the forest for their evening meal and venture down to the banks of Spring Creek for a drink of water. Snakes and other reptiles lie along the trails, absorbing the lingering warmth from the day’s sun, and the forest reverberates with the sounds of birds and frogs searching for a mate. For those wanting to experience these rich sights and sounds, Jones Park offers after-dark programs for visitors of all ages.
An evening on the water offers the perfect opportunity to view wildlife along the banks of Spring Creek. “As the sun sets beyond the trees, the creek becomes cooler and quieter,” says Matthew Abernathy, horticultural coordinator at Jones Park. The park’s Evening Canoe Trip on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. is perfect for both the beginner and advanced canoeist. continue reading »
Precinct 4's Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve in The Vintage is scheduled to open to the public in the spring of 2017, years ahead of schedule thanks to a partnership with Prestonwood Forest Utility District.
Earlier this year, the utility district and Precinct 4 signed an agreement to allow Precinct 4 the use of the district's former fire station as a staff building with a full-time caretaker. Precinct 4 will eventually build a bridge across Cypress Creek that will connect the staff building to the park. continue reading »