Activity Continues on Katy Boardwalk District Trail System, Entry Roads 

Construction has started on the second phase of Katy Boardwalk District’s 2.3-mile outer loop trail, one of the project’s four trail experiences, while work nears completion on the first of three roadways into the property with the second starting in September.

The phase-two trail project includes the build out of a 1.15-mile path consisting of paved trails lined with native trees and landscape, wood-type boardwalk paths and a steel pedestrian bridge. Educational signs also will be installed along the trail to help visitors identify native trees, flora and wildlife.

Spanning nine feet in width, the new trail will connect with the first phase of a 2.3-mile loop circling the Boardwalk’s 90-acre lake and nature preserve.  Completion of the trail is expected by early summer 2023.

Katy Boardwalk District’s four trail loops will range from one-half mile to the 2.3-mile loop now in its second phase.

“We expect the trail loops, with their varying distances, to become a popular feature for those in Katy looking for a lakefront walking or jogging experience as well as residents of the Boardwalk Lofts and guests of the conference center hotel,” says Katy City Administrator Byron Hebert. “The entire Boardwalk will benefit from the trail loops.”

As work begins on the completion of Katy Boardwalk District’s trail system, crews are readying for the extension of Katy Fort Bend Road from Kingsland Boulevard directly to the project’s main entrance and its primary thoroughfare, Boardwalk Drive. The extension includes a bridge over a drainage channel and a new traffic signal at the intersection of Kingsland Boulevard and Katy Fort Bend Road/Boardwalk Drive.

“Direct access from I-10 will be a big selling point for the project,” says Keith Dalton of KBH Venture, co-developer of Katy Boardwalk District. 

Work also is nearing completion on the extension of Prairie Parkway from Kingsland Boulevard into the District to Boardwalk Drive. Completion of the Prairie Parkway extension is expected by the end of September.

The 169-acre setting at Kingsland Boulevard and Prairie Parkway, just south of I-10, is a public/private partnership to create a walkable, mixed-use setting including a full-service hotel and conference center, experiential restaurants, Class A office space, luxury loft-style residences and single-family homes.

“Our partnership with the city has led to the development of the trail system and the 90-acre nature preserve that will make Katy Boardwalk District a unique lakefront destination for entertainment, community and culture,” adds Dalton.

For projects updates and more information, visit www.katyboardwalkdistrict.com

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As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.