This year has been an active one for Fall Creek, as the development continues to welcome additional model homes, opens neighborhoods and start work on a new sports field complex. The biggest news for the community is the expansion of Beltway 8. The Harris County Toll Road Authority expects crews to begin work this summer on a 13-mile extension of Beltway 8 from just east of U.S. Highway 59 North to south of U.S. 90A East. The current project timeline shows an estimated spring 2011 completion date. The $550 million project will provide three lanes in each direction when finished. Travel from Fall Creek to major employment centers such as downtown Houston, Greenspoint and the Galleria will be enhanced due to new commuter ramps and main lanes, according to Fall Creek general manager Steve Pierce. The expansion will include entrance and exit ramps at Mesa Road and Wilson Road, both major Fall Creek thoroughfares. Also in the works is a Fall Creek sports complex that will cater to a variety of team sports, with two Little League fields, two soccer fields and a sand volleyball court. Other amenities include open space for free play, a playground and a wooded picnic area. A trail will encircle the park, meandering through a nature preserve that borders Garners Bayou. The complex is expected to open in 2010. Also in the planning stages for Fall Creek residents is a third aquatics center. Fall Creek, the only wooded master-planned golf community within Beltway 8, is located 15 miles from downtown Houston and eight miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Homes are priced from the $150,000s to $2 million, with executive homes, patio homes and custom designs available. Students are served by schools in the Humble ISD, including Fall Creek Elementary, which opened in August 2008 and is located within the community. Other schools include Atascocita Middle School and Atascocita High School. For more information, visit www.fallcreekhouston.com.

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