On March 22, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission awarded Harris County Water Control and Improvement District 96, which serves much of the Fall Creek community, with a $500,000 non-urban outdoor recreation grant for planned improvements to the Fall Creek Sports Complex park.
WCID 96 will match the grant with remaining funds from park bonds previously approved by voters, the donation of detention pond land from Escalante-Golf Club of Houston, the donation of easements from the Fall Creek HOA and Redstone Golf Club, funds from the Fall Creek Management District, Johnson Development and Harris County MUD 49. Funding for the Local Park Grant Program comes from a portion of the Texas state sales tax on sporting goods. Additional funds come from off-shore gas royalties through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
This highly competitive grant award is particularly welcome news as the Fall Creek Sports Complex continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey which inundated parts of the sports complex with more than 7 feet of water from Greens and Garners Bayou.
WCID 96 plans to use the grant and matching funding to add these recreational amenities to the Fall Creek Sports Complex area: a new recreational trail along Redstone View Drive, which connects Wilson Road to the entrance of the Fall Creek Sports Complex; new street lighting along Redstone View Drive to illuminate the road and trail; a new recreational trail around the wet and dry detention ponds south of the Fall Creek Sports Complex at Greens Bayou with a connection to the existing trail within the Sports Complex (nearly a mile long); an enclosed dog park within the Sports Complex (proposed 57,900 square feet); a splash pad within the Sports Complex (proposed 6,650 square feet); an expansion of the children’s playground (proposed 8,300 square feet) – including wheelchair accessible elements to enhance play for children with disabilities; shade structure for the playground area; rehabilitation of areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey including rehabilitation of the sand volleyball court and replacement of the playground mulch with a rubberized surface; five exercise stations including wheelchair accessible elements; a tetherball court; bird-watching stations; horseshoe and washer pits; two additional picnic stations; and an xeriscape garden area.
The Fall Creek Sports Complex is located at 9810 Wyatt Shores Drive in Humble, within the Fall Creek community.