Woodring Park Improvements Project

If you’ve recently driven by Harris County MUD 71’s Woodring Park, located on the south side of Clay Road west of Lakes of Bridgewater Drive, you’ve likely noticed the major park and parking lot improvements that are nearing completion.  The purpose of this project is to expand and modernize the park’s splash pad and playground facilities for kids of all ages, and to provide a new space for our community to gather with the addition of a pavilion in the center of the park.

Since construction of the project began last spring, the MUD 71 Board has received a number of questions regarding the project.  In particular, residents have been curious about the funding for the project.  On November 8, 2005, MUD 71 held a bond election at which the voters were asked, among other things, whether MUD 71 should be authorized to issue a maximum amount of $6,630,000 of bonds for parks and recreational facilities.  The election passed with 77.8% of those who voted in the election voting in favor of the issuance of the park bonds.

Over the years, MUD 71 generally has been phasing in park improvements over time using operating funds on hand, including the construction of a trail around Lonestar Lake on the west side of Mason Road north of Calderbrook Drive, and the rehabilitation of Bundy Lake Park and Plaza at the northeast corner of Mason Road and Lakes of Bridgewater Drive.  Recently, however, the MUD 71 Board has faced larger challenges with the splash pad and playground facilities at Woodring Park nearing the end of their useful life, as well as resident requests for additional trail improvements around Mirror Lake and one of the Morton Ranch detention facilities.

In order to timely and efficiently complete these projects, the MUD 71 Board has elected to issue $3,940,000 of the $6,630,000 authorized amount of park bonds to pay for these projects.  MUD 71 has received approval from its oversight body, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, for the bonds and expects to issue the bonds in mid-March 2023.  Based upon the financial information and projections provided by MUD 71’s financial advisor, the MUD 71 Board currently does not expect to increase the District’s total tax rate or utility bill rates as a result of issuing these bonds.

The MUD 71 Board looks forward to the completion of the Woodring Park Improvements Project.  Stay tuned for more information about a grand opening event expected to occur in May!

Preparing for Winter Weather

The National Weather Service has advised that subfreezing temperatures are likely beginning Thursday night and into Friday morning following the passage of a strong cold front. Freeze Warnings and possible Hard Freeze Warnings can be expected. High temperatures could quite possibly remain below freezing throughout the day on Friday and not warm up above freezing until during the day on Saturday.

If you experience any issues with pipe bursts or very low water pressure, please contact the District’s operator, Regional Water Corporation, at (281) 897-9100.

Steps for Winterizing your Home

  • Insulate pipes with insulation sleeves, wrapping or using slip-on foam pipe insulation. Do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can affect the pipe in these spaces.
  • Winterize your sprinkler system by turning the water off to your system and draining your backflow preventer.
  • Maintain a safe heating source inside your home to protect pipes against cold.
  • Open cabinets underneath faucets.
  • Disconnect hoses and insulate outdoor faucets with covers or blankets.
  • House shut off valve:  know where your shut off valve is located in case of an emergency. The valve is usually located on the side of the house near the garage. With some homes, the valve is inside the garage wall.
  • If traveling for the holidays, it is recommended that you turn the water off at house shut off valve and drain all your plumbing.