Howard Hughes Corp. Donates 44 Acres of Open Green Space to The Woodlands within Creekside Park
THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE:HHC) has recently donated 44 acres of open space reserves, hike-and-bike-trails and a neighborhood park—all in the Village of Creekside Park® in The Woodlands®—exemplifying the commitment The Howard Hughes Corporation has shown to The Woodlands and sustainable development throughout the past four-and-a-half decades.
The land donation includes forest buffers, winding hike-and-bike trails and Monarch Pond Park—the 151 st park in The Woodlands. The donation enhances the current abundance of open green space and the community’s focus on health and wellness, bringing the number to 151 parks, 220 miles of trails, 14 community pools and spraygrounds that Howard Hughes has constructed and then bestowed to The Woodlands Township to operate and maintain over the past 47 years.
“Our most recent donation of open green space to The Woodlands Township is in keeping with the core principles of George Mitchell’s original vision for The Woodlands as a community where one can live, work, and play in harmony with nature,” said Jim Carman, President of the Houston Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Our commitment to the preservation of nature, as well as access to premier outdoor amenities, is a significant reason why The Woodlands is considered the #1 best community to live in America. We entrust this land to the Township— much like the thousands of acres we have already donated to the community—to preserve The Woodlands for our residents in perpetuity.”
“We like to refer to Creekside Park as the ‘Nature Village’. Residents in Creekside Park and outside residents visit our village to take advantage of our many pathways and forests, which now include Monarch Pond Park, situated in the neighborhood of Mariposa Woods in the Village of Creekside Park,” stated Nancy Becker, President of the Creekside Park Village Association. “Monarch Pond Park plus the hike and bike trails provide a logical extension to our trails surrounding Burroughs Park and the Spring Creek Nature Trail. We are extremely grateful for the generous donation of 44 acres from Howard Hughes.”
Mitchell’s original plan from the 1970s denoted 25 percent of land to be declared off-limits for development, and today, The Woodlands has exceeded that goal with 28 percent of its 28,500-acre total land area dedicated as open green space.
The Woodlands, a 28,500-acre award-winning master planned community located 27 miles north of downtown Houston, was recently recognized as the #1 Best Community to Live in America by Niche.com. The Woodlands offers an unprecedented 28% of green space, leading the way among master planned communities that practice environmental preservation. It is home to 119,000 people, and over 66,000 people work in the community.
Considered one of the most successful master planned communities in the nation, The Woodlands has received numerous past accolades including the Vision Award, Development of Distinction from the Urban Land Institute; three-time honoree of “Master Planned Community of the Year”, four-time recipient of “Humanitarian of the Year” and “Trailblazer of the Year” in 2018 by the Greater Houston Builders Association; American Trails Developer Award; Environmental Planning Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Texas Chapter Houston Section; and previous international recognition with a Nations in Bloom Gold Award. For more information, visit www.thewoodlands.com. For additional details, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport in New York; Downtown Columbia®, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills®, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC. For additional information visit www.howardhughes.com.