On June 24, a brand-new project completed by Harris County Precinct 2, the Atascocita Park, officially opened to the public. The new park is now opened from dawn to dusk every day.
Construction of this 20-acre park has been ongoing for months, costing a total of $11.5 million, which included land acquisition, design and construction, according to Amery Reid, communications director for HCP2.
The park provides a string of amenities for locals, including dog parks for both large and small breeds, a boardwalk that traverses the existing 2.5-acre pond, and a large playground area that features the highest skywalk in the area, according to Reid. The park additionally has walking trails, a picnic pavilion and restrooms, as well as a large parking lot.
The park is expected to provide recreational activities for Atascocita residents who had not previously had such an opportunity in their own community. Atascocita residents would previously have to commute to other parks in Precinct 4 or further into Precinct 2.
“We fully expect this park to improve quality of life for the residents. It now gives locals a place to go and enjoy nature, exercise and make memories with their loved ones. Not to mention, it is also a great place for folks to take their four-legged family members,” said Reid.
There are some undeniable concerns regarding the safety of any parkgoers due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Reid offers some caution for residents who make the trip.
“We’d like to remind parkgoers to practice social distancing and recommend they wear masks if they can. Our team will be spraying the high-touch areas (playground, picnic areas, restrooms, etc.) with disinfectants on a regular basis as well,” said Reid.
It is important for residents to take into the account the recent recommendations of Gov. Greg Abbott as well as Harris County officials who are urging residents to voluntarily wear masks and maintain social distancing, even in areas where these precautions are not enforced.
Regardless of the recent turbulence, Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia is enthusiastic about the arrival of this new park. “I am so excited for the Atascocita Park to finally open. The Atascocita area is growing at a tremendous pace, and residents will now have a place to get away and enjoy the great outdoors. From the walking trails through the trees, the boardwalk over the natural pond, and the massive playground, this park is sure to provide residents with a unique and fun experience,” said Garcia.
Garcia also gave caution for parkgoers regarding safety measures. He said, “I would also like to add, I know people are excited to visit the park, and large crowds are likely. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, I am asking visitors to please wear masks and practice social distancing.”
For those interested in attending, it is of paramount importance that they maintain strict preventive measures. The park is located at 17302 W. Lake Houston Pkwy.