Places to Go Rob Fleming Park one of the largest in The Woodlands
In the Southern end of The Woodlands sits the largest park in the township.
With a variety of amenities and a trio of entertainment venues — The Lodge, Rob Fleming Aquatic Center and The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park — Rob Fleming Park offers residents a unique area for recreational activities. The park opened in October 2007. It features barbecue pits, fishing spots, pavilions and gazebos, picnic tables and play equipment for children. Walking paths traverse the green space as well.
Rob Fleming Park hosts annual events such as the Muddy Trails Bash, Creekside Campout and Arts in the Park, which this year will feature a live Shakespeare theatre performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” by Upstage Theatre.
“That park is one of the largest parks that we have. It really is a keystone in cognitive development at Creekside Park. People gravitate (to it),” said Chris Nunes, director of Parks and Recreation.
Rob Fleming Park features a rental facility known as The Lodge which has hosted weddings, corporate events and other group activities. The park is also home to an award winning aquatic center that opened in June 2008. Nunes added that more than 50,000 residents use the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center each year.
“It’s a great family experience. You can hit the lazy river, hit the slides, just really relax,” Nunes said. “When the designers designed that park they really got a lot right in terms of how it was to be used.”
Rob Fleming Recreation Center
Just last year, The Woodlands Township added a recreation center across the street from Rob Fleming Park. The township received notice that the YMCA located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive was going to be closing in May 2016. A number of Creekside Park residents asked the board to look at purchasing the facility to transform it into a recreation center, Nunes said.
The property was purcahsed for $4.5 million in September 2016 and The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park officially opened in June 2017.
“There was a number of improvements that we had to do to get it to where we wanted it to be in terms of dividing up the rooms,” Nunes noted.
After renovating the building to better suit the township’s needs, the recreation center now offers multiple programs. It also offers space for rental purposes.
“There are programs from dancing, our summer camps, language programs, enrichment programs. We’ve seen that that facility had been fairly successful with being rented out (by a) number of groups or individuals,” Nunes said.
All operational costs for the center, including staff salaries and utilities, are paid through rental and program fees.
Fall programs began this past week. For a full list of programs, holiday closures, special events and more, go to http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/actionguide.