LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Central Green – Katy, TX
A multiphase development on 34 acres in Katy, Texas, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is a mixed-use town center serving Cinco Ranch and west Houston residents. At the heart of the development is a half-acre central green designed by TBG that accommodates informal recreation and planned events like concerts, plays and family movie nights. The oval-shaped green has an artificial turf surface that was selected both for its aesthetic and functional character; it has a realistic grass-like color and look but is low maintenance, durable and drains well. Underneath the turf there is an extra-large cushion for added safety as well as wiring for sound and electricity. The green is encircled by limestone benches and mature native trees ― live oaks, red oaks and sycamores ― that were hand-picked by TBG and transplanted to the site. The project is the result of a successful public/private partnership with the Willow Fork Drainage District, which used funds allocated from a $29 million parks bond package approved by district voters in November 2011.