Bridgeland Community, Texas

Coordinates: 29°57′N 95°46′W / 29.95°N 95.76°W / 29.95; -95.76
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Bridgeland Community is an 11,401-acre (46.14 km2) master-planned community under construction in unincorporated Harris County, Texas to the northwest of Houston between U.S. Highway 290 and Interstate 10. Bisecting Bridgeland is Segment E of the Grand Parkway, a 15.2-mile thoroughfare that broke ground in 2011 and opened in December 2013.

Planned for 20,000 homes and approximately 65,000 residents,[1] Bridgeland is being developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, which also develops The Woodlands, Columbia, and Summerlin. Bridgeland was named Community of the Year in 2009 by the National Association of Home Builders[2] and was Developer of the Year in 2011 by the Texas Association of Builders.[3]


Bridgeland is located along the eastern boundary of the Katy Prairie and traversed by a portion of the Cypress Creek riparian corridor. In the mid-1800s, European settlers began to establish small farms within the Katy Prairie, growing corn, potatoes and cotton and raising cattle. The land primarily became used for rice farming during the 1940s and through the next two decades. After rice production ceased, the fields were converted to improved pastures to provide foraging areas for cattle.[4] Approximately 10,167 acres were purchased for development in 2003 and sales of new homes in Bridgeland began in 2006. An addition of 1,234 acres acquired in 2007 increased the development's total acreage to 11,401 acres.


Bridgeland consists of 11,401 acres of flat to gently rolling terrain in northwest Harris County. It is located on and along the eastern margins of the Katy Prairie. The property's northern boundary abuts the Cypress Creek Corridor. In addition to Cypress Creek, other existing natural and constructed features of note include Mallard Lake and Ramey Lake, Longenbaugh Pond, Langham Creek and the K-150 Canal. Developers follow a detailed conservation plan to protect the area's natural features, many of which are being incorporated into the community's amenity plan. The Bridgeland master plan details 3,000 acres of open and/or recreation space, including 900 acres of lakes.


Bridgeland's master plan provides for abundant recreational choices for residents. Already open is the first of four planned recreation complexes — Lakeland Activity Center, which includes a freeform pool, junior Olympic-size pool, spray park, tower slides and diving platforms, as well as tennis courts, a playground and a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse that offers meeting rooms and a full fitness center.

More than 60 miles of trails are planned for the community, with many miles already open, including the first phase of Cypress Creek Nature Trail, a wooded trail in the Cypress Creek Corridor that has educational signage and wildlife observation areas.

Bridgeland residents can enjoy catch-and-release fishing and non-motorized boating on Lake Bridgeland and the 200-acre Cypress Lake. Residents have complimentary use of seasonally available canoes, kayaks, sailboats, fishing equipment and other recreational items.

Dozens of parks already exist in Bridgeland, with the master plan providing park space no more than a quarter mile from each homesite. The 30-acre Oak Meadow Park includes a 10-acre disc golf course and Festival Park offers a concert pavilion. Bridgeland's array of parks also includes themed parks, such as Butterfly Garden, Central Park, Maze Garden and a formal Rose Garden.

Bridgeland also has planned sites for churches within the community.

Special Events[edit]

Bridgeland hosts several large-scale events each year attended by residents and others from the surrounding area. Nature Fest began in 2008 and has been attended by more than 16,000 people since its inception.[citation needed] Each year, proceeds have benefited the Katy Prairie Conservancy and Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County, with the event raising approximately $18,000 for the two organizations through 2011.[citation needed] The event moved from a fall activity to the spring in 2011. The 2012 event took place on April 28.

The development debuted Howl-O-Ween Fest in 2009, an annual event for dogs, dog owners and other animal lovers. To date, more than 9,000 people have attended the Howl-O-Ween Fest, which has raised thousands for local pet rescue groups.[citation needed]

Nearly 3,000 athletes have competed in the annual Bridgeland Triathlon, a USA Triathlon-sanctioned race that began in 2009.[citation needed]

Note: 'To date' is out of date by ~5 years. This page has not been updated in a long time. (Since around 2015)


Students in Bridgeland's first village, Lakeland Village; and those in Parkland Village, attend schools in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD).[5]

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District[edit]

As of 2020 residents are zoned to:

  • Margie Sue Pope Elementary School, Jim and Sue Wells Elementary School, and Sue McGown Elementary School(separate sections)[6]
  • Smith Middle School[7]
  • Bridgeland High School[8][9]

Pope Elementary School is in The Cove subdivision.[10] In 2012 construction started on Elementary No. 53, located on a 14.5-acre parcel of land in Bridgeland.[11] In November 2012 the CFISD board approved the final name of the school as Margie Sue Pope Elementary School; it was named after a longtime CFISD teacher.[12] VLK Architects designed the school, which was built by Gamma Construction Co. Pope Elementary, with a cost of $14.6 million, was the first on-site school in Bridgeland. The Bridgeland organization donated 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) to CFISD so the school could be built; the school occupies 16.3 acres (6.6 ha), and the school building has 112,594 square feet (10,460.3 m2) of space.[13] It opened in August 2013, it is the first of nine on-site schools planned. Bridgeland's master plan also includes on-site preschools and childcare facilities.

Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School, another elementary school in Bridgeland, was scheduled to open in 2017. It was previously Elementary School #55, and is located on a 128-acre (52 ha) plot of land which will house other schools.[14] Jim and Pam Wells were also longtime CFISD teachers and employees.[15]

Histories of schools[edit]

In the beginning residents were zoned to Robison Elementary School,[16] Spillane Middle School,[17] and Cypress Woods High School.[18]

Residents were at one point rezoned to Warner Elementary School,[19] and Cypress Ranch High School.[20][21] In 2017 the entire development was to be rezoned to Bridgeland High School.[22]

Other school districts[edit]

Future phases of Bridgeland will be served by Katy Independent School District and the Waller Independent School District, though it is not guaranteed.


Bridgeland's master plan consists of four distinct villages: Lakeland Village, Creekland Village, Prairieland Village and Parkland Village. Each village will have clusters of neighborhoods anchored by a village center with amenities, retail, restaurants and more. Schools and parks also will be strategically located within each village.

Central to all villages will be Bridgeland Town Center, offering residents a convenient place to shop, work and have fun. The town center may include hospitals, schools, retail, entertainment, employment and more.

Lakeland Village[edit]

Lakeland Village consists of the following sections (neighborhoods):

  • The Shores: The Shores is located approximately two miles west of Bridgeland's main entry on North Bridgeland Lake Parkway at Fry Road. It was the first community of new homes to be offered in Bridgeland and is slated for just under 600 homes. Surrounded by more than 100 acres of lakes, The Shores is located across the street from Oak Meadow Park and Cypress Creek Trail. House-Hahl Trail also runs through the neighborhood. Several playgrounds also are located within The Shores.
  • First Bend: First Bend is located off North Bridgeland Lake Parkway approximately 1.5 miles from Bridgeland's main entry. The community welcomed its first residents in May 2007. First Bend has 402 homesites in six separate neighborhoods and is surrounded by more than 60 acres of lakes. The community also is home to Turtle Lane and Butterfly Garden.
  • The Cove: The Cove is located just west of The Shores along North Bridgeland Lake Parkway. It is also home to a Cy-Fair ISD elementary school, planned to open in August 2013.[23] The Cove also features areas that are unique within Bridgeland's master plan, including an aromatic garden, an island park, a formal rose garden and a lakeside maze. A central park area offers one of several open play fields, a playground with equipment for toddlers and older children and a rain garden with butterfly houses. Bordering the park is an extension of the House-Hahl Trail, with several reforestation-planting beds to enhance the area's landscape. Bridgeland's model home park also is located in The Cove.
  • Water Haven: Water Haven is located just west of The Cove along North Bridgeland Lake Parkway. Development of the community started in 2010. Water Haven devotes approximately 22 acres to parks, most of which will offer playground equipment. The House-Hahl Trail also weaves through Water Haven.
  • Lakeland Heights: Lakeland Heights is located on Fry Road just south of Bridgeland's main entrance. It was introduced in 2010 as a Traditional Neighborhood Development. In designing Lakeland Heights, architectural firm Looney Ricks Kiss extensively researched traditional Houston neighborhoods, including West University Place, The Heights, Southampton and Southside Place, for architectural inspiration. The result is an unincorporated community that incorporates Craftsman, English Tudor, Classical and French housing styles to create neighborhoods that appear to have evolved over time. The community is planned for 350 homes and will also include Lakeland Heights Village Center, which will be home to retail, restaurants and services. Lakeland Heights is adjacent to Lakeland Activity Center and has several public spaces, including Central Park, Rabbit Run, Waterway Park and Festival Park, which offers a performance pavilion for community concerts and other productions.
  • Hidden Creek: Construction in Hidden Creek began in the summer of 2015. Hidden Creek is located west of Lakeland Heights and south of The Cove. This new community will host 1,000 home sites, a 20-acre park, and 142 acres of lakes upon completion. Each neighborhood in Hidden Creek has been named after one of Texas’ noteworthy creek systems. Additionally, the street names complement a variety of historical and geographical facets of the respective creeks.

Parkland Village[edit]

The Overall concept and theme of Parkland Village is based on the idea of living within a park. All neighborhoods have been named after Texas State Parks and the street names are representative of historical information, points of interest, flora and fauna found within these parks. The Grand Opening of the Model Home Park was held March 24, 2018. This section will ultimately consist of 3,100 homes with prices ranging from $240,000 to $1 million plus.[24]

Parkland Village consists of the following sections (neighborhoods) - with more to be added as the development grows:[25]

  • Cedar Hill
  • Cleburne
  • Cooper Lake
  • Enchanted Rock
  • Honey Creek
  • Kickapoo Cavern
  • Longhorn Cavern
  • Lost Maples
  • McKinney Falls
  • Meridian
  • Mission Tejas
  • Monument Hill
  • Seminole Canyon
  • Sheldon Lake

Places of worship:

  • Houston's First Baptist Church - Cypress Campus [26]
  • The Foundry Church - Fry Road Campus [27]
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[28]


  • Bridgeland High School[29]
  • CFISD Middle School #20 (Future) [30]
  • Wells Elementary [31]
  • Sue McGown Elementary School[32]


  1. ^ Meeks, Flori (December 14, 2006). "Bridgeland will bring 65,000 residents to northwest area". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 12, 2007.
  2. ^ "Bridgeland wins Master-Planned Community of the Year from NAHB". Houston Chronicle. July 30, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "2011 Star Awards". Texas Association of Builders. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived Document". Archived from the original on January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012. Katy Prairie Conservancy January 5, 2012
  5. ^ "Interactive Map". Bridgeland Community. Retrieved March 11, 2020. - Compare this map to those of the school districts' attendance boundary maps.
  6. ^ Independent School District, Cypress-Fairbanks (2022). "Elementary School Attendance Zones 2022-2023" (PDF). Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  7. ^ "Middle School Attendance Zones 2019-2020". Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  8. ^ "High School Attendance Zones 9th-11th Grade 2019-2020". Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  9. ^ "High School Attendance Zones 12th Grade 2019-2020". Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "Education Archived 2017-01-01 at the Wayback Machine." Bridgeland Community. Retrieved on January 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived Document". Archived from the original on June 17, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Board Meeting December 12, 2011
  12. ^ Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (November 13, 2012). "CFISD Elementary School No. 53 named after Margie Sue Pope". Cypress Creek Mirror at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  13. ^ Meeks, Flori (August 23, 2013). "Bridgeland gets first onsite school". Cypress Creek Mirror at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  14. ^ Zurawski, Karen (December 13, 2016). "New schools lead to proposed boundary changes in Cy-Fair ISD". Cypress Creek Mirror at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  15. ^ "Cy-Fair ISD trustees name schools after educators". Cypress Creek Mirror at the Houston Chronicle. November 15, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  16. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Zones" (2006-2007). Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. As of August 13, 2006. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  17. ^ "Middle School Attendance Zones" (2006-2007). Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. As of August 13, 2006. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  18. ^ "High School Attendance Zones" (2006-2007). Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. As of August 13, 2006. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  19. ^ "Elementary Attendance Zones" (2011-2012). Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. As of May 10, 2012. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  20. ^ "High School Attendance Zones 9th Grade." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  21. ^ "High School Attendance Zones 10-12th Grades." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  22. ^ "High School Attendance Zone Planning Final Recommendation 1-11-16 2017-2018 Archived 2016-12-31 at the Wayback Machine." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  23. ^ "Archived Document". Archived from the original on June 17, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Board Meeting December 12, 2011
  24. ^ "Join us for the grand opening of Parkland Village - Bridgeland". Archived from the original on June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  25. ^
  26. ^ "Houston's First Baptist Church".
  27. ^ "Home - Foundry Church the Foundry". Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  28. ^ "Christian Church in Cypress, TX | 10501 Mason Road | Church of Jesus Christ".
  29. ^
  30. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 29, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  31. ^
  32. ^ "McGown Elementary / McGown/Homepage". Retrieved September 24, 2022.

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29°57′N 95°46′W / 29.95°N 95.76°W / 29.95; -95.76