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Freedom Park in Katy, TX: Baseball Complex & Memorial Tower

Updated on April 7, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Freedom Park in Katy, Texas
Freedom Park in Katy, Texas | Source

Willow Fork Drainage District

Freedom Park Katy, Texas, in Fort Bend County, is a 20-acre park containing a baseball complex. A memorial tower dedicated to men and women serving in our armed forces, as well as those who perished on September 11, 2001, is located there. It also has a small children’s playground. The address is 18050 Westheimer Parkway, Houston, Texas 77082.

This park connects to a paved trail system that combines with miles of trails throughout the Willow Fork Drainage District (WFDD).

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The flags were at half staff due to the passing of President George H.W. Bush at the day of our visit to Freedom Park.Mosaic murals honoring the five branches of service in Freedom ParkPavers near Freedom Park Memorial TowerView of the Freedom TowerView of the Freedom TowerView of the Freedom Tower
The flags were at half staff due to the passing of President George H.W. Bush at the day of our visit to Freedom Park.
The flags were at half staff due to the passing of President George H.W. Bush at the day of our visit to Freedom Park. | Source
Mosaic murals honoring the five branches of service in Freedom Park
Mosaic murals honoring the five branches of service in Freedom Park | Source
Pavers near Freedom Park Memorial Tower
Pavers near Freedom Park Memorial Tower | Source
View of the Freedom Tower
View of the Freedom Tower | Source
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View of the Freedom Tower
View of the Freedom Tower | Source
View of the Freedom Tower
View of the Freedom Tower | Source

Freedom Park Memorial

The Freedom Park memorial is a 52-foot tall structure with a massive stainless steel star adorning the top. David Baker created that crowning piece. Artifacts from all three of the 9/11 crash sites, as well as other items of importance such as a Bible, Purple Heart medal, Fort Bend County flag, and others, are in the pentagon-shaped base of the tower.

Some beautiful mosaic murals are depicting the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, which border both sides of a sidewalk near the memorial tower.

Each side of the tower has a medallion installed on each side of it representing different entities, one of which is the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Memorial pavers honor those who contributed in one way or another to the making of this touching monument.

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Freedom Park ScoreboardShaded seating for viewers of baseball games in Freedom ParkFreedom Park Restrooms and Concession Area Building
Freedom Park Scoreboard
Freedom Park Scoreboard | Source
Shaded seating for viewers of baseball games in Freedom Park
Shaded seating for viewers of baseball games in Freedom Park | Source
Freedom Park Restrooms and Concession Area Building
Freedom Park Restrooms and Concession Area Building | Source

Katy Freedom Park Baseball

While we were interested in learning about the memorial, most people who come to this park do so because of the baseball fields when the season is active. There are four baseball fields plus shaded seating available for viewers.

An excellent looking concession venue with restroom facilities is on site.

Freedom Park sign is showing the Importance of bayous, wetlands, and ponds as well as the wildlife calling these places home.
Freedom Park sign is showing the Importance of bayous, wetlands, and ponds as well as the wildlife calling these places home. | Source

Informative Signs in The Park

There is a sign near a children’s playground in Freedom Park. On it is the following information:

“The Importance of Buffalo Bayou

Water is a component of life: it has many functions. We use it to drink, to wash, to entertain, and to regulate temperatures. Within the infrastructure of cities, man has learned to use water to his advantage, but the demand for co-existing with the elements and having buildings to live in those elements has created a need to control where water goes. Water always goes to the lowest point first, but this rule is challenged by the physical obstacles that nature or man imposes to control the direction it takes.

Houston is home to several bayous, which through manmade design or nature, provide an outlet for water to flow. Bayous may run only a few inches deep in some sections and several feet deep in other areas. As an area continues to be further refined for industry and the population surges, the bayous are adjusted to accommodate the increased amount of surface water that is not absorbed by the soil.

To alleviate the large volume of water experienced during a storm, wetlands, retention, and detention ponds are utilized next to the bayou. Some of those methods are constantly submerged with water, while others are meant to be temporary holding spots, but all three allow for a safe release of surface runoff into the bayou. As urbanization occurs, bayous and their adjacent overflow facilities provide opportunities for recreation development. Parks and trails can provide local activities as well as community-wide linkages.”

View of Children’s Playground in Freedom Park
View of Children’s Playground in Freedom Park | Source

Additional Information

“Birds of the Bayou

Texas is home to more to more species of birds than any other state in the country, and Buffalo Bayou is a natural habitat to many of them. A large array of native and migratory birds use the bayou system for shelter and food. They serve an integral part in the balance of nature. Some birds consume insects, while others eat small animals. Pollination and seed propagation are also aided by the birds that depend on plant consumption for survival. In return, birds and their eggs are food for larger animals. Their existence is part of a delicate cycle in nature that keeps an ecological population control among many different species.”

The photos of birds shown included the following:

  • Snowy Egret
  • American Kestrel
  • Cattle Egret
  • Northern Harrier
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Green Backed Heron
  • Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
  • White Ibis
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
  • and the Red-Tailed Hawk.

View of Children’s Playground in Freedom Park
View of Children’s Playground in Freedom Park | Source

Trail

To the back of the baseball complex in Freedom Park is a wide concrete paved trail extending for many miles. It interconnects with other parks within the Willow Fork Drainage District. Thus far, there are about 30 miles of trails along thousands of acres. Most of them are alongside drainage channels and easements, according to the WFDD website.

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Wildflowers in bloom in Freedom Park near the trailFreedom Park Paved Trai
Wildflowers in bloom in Freedom Park near the trail
Wildflowers in bloom in Freedom Park near the trail | Source
Freedom Park Paved Trai
Freedom Park Paved Trai | Source

Picnicking

There are only a few picnic tables at this site, but there are plenty of ones in the nearby George Bush Park. One family sat at one of them on the day of our visit. Most people we saw that day were using the trail to exercise and have fun. When baseball is in season, this park is undoubtedly a beehive of activity.

Picnic tables in Freedom Park
Picnic tables in Freedom Park | Source

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dora,

      That freedom tower does make this park extraordinary. Thanks for your visit and comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      This particular park is a little different from the majority of them, and we found it interesting. Glad you liked reading about it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great space for life outdoors. Extremely impressive to a small island resident. It demonstrates the theme of freedom alright! Thanks for the details.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      You have described the versatility of this park very well. It has a lot to offer.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      The freedom park seems a very interesting place to visit and know things about history as well as entertain oneself. A great place to be in. Thanks for sharing.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Extremely beautiful! David Baker's work is quite impressive and must have required much thought. The history of the Bayou is interesting.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love me some baseball. I suspect I would enjoy this park quite a bit.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ann,

      Freedom Park was a fascinating discovery for us as well. Most people who go there probably do so because of the baseball fields. We found the other attractions to be of equal interest, if not more so.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      I’m sure lots of families congregate here during springtime for picnics and wholesome fun. It’s nice that this exists for the community to enjoy.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      What a wonderful place, and so many diverse attractions within it. Thanks for another peep at your local area, Peggy.

      Ann

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