A bridge has more than just aesthetic appeal – it’s a way to get from one place to another. In our community, bridges also symbolize the ability to make connections and imagine alternatives, while also representing balance and transformation.
In addition to enhancing connectivity within Bridgeland, our bridges, architecturally, visually and symbolically, are a strong thematic element, and a metaphor for the guiding principles of the community. Read about them below.
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“I was not a combat trooper, so I was never wounded or shot at. My job in Vietnam was mechanized stock control. We had the first wave of computers, and although It would seem like a manual process now, it was really the beginning of computer automation.
I’m a commander at VFW post 8905 now and we were encouraged to bring pictures of us from when we were in service. Well, I had told my pals what a bad guy I was back then. When they saw me behind a computer with my white tennis shoes on, I never heard the end of it.”
-Dennis Mathews, E-5 in the U.S. Army and resident #164.
“I originally signed up for three years, but I eventually went on to serve 10 and-a-half years on the enlisted side and 10-and-a-half years as an officer.
This was the first time, since joining the Marine Corps in 1983, that I got to choose where we lived. Our Realtor showed me three communities in Cypress, but Bridgeland was so opulent and beautiful. A year ago this week, we moved in. I remember going to Pope Elementary for my son’s Veteran’s Day recital, and I didn’t know what to expect. They recited the pledge, sang the National Anthem and then each grade presented its own patriotic song. I was really moved by that. I’ve lived all across the US, and this place is special.”
-Jeff Mares, who traveled to 67 different countries during his time in service. Jeff’s wife, Aimee, is also a retired Marine who served for 20 years.
“My family and I moved from Venezula in 2005 looking for a new life and opportunities that were scarce in my country. After living in an apartment for a year, a good friend of mine told me about Bridgeland and we decided to check it out. We immediately fell in love with the ‘master planned community’ concept. We used our imaginations to envision how it was going to look — beyond the dirt and construction everywhere.
We bought our first house in Elizabeth Shore. In 2012, my sister and her family decided to move to Houston, and obviously also to Bridgeland. They bought a house within walking distance from ours.
In 2013, we decided to take advantage of the market conditions and moved into a bigger home. One thing we were certain about: It had to be in Bridgeland.
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Situated on a site well known by local Houston birding enthusiasts, Tree House Park has been in the making for more than 10 years. The two-story tree house, standing approximately 35-feet tall, was designed by Houston architect Richard Cate as an escape for Bridgeland residents, where they can enjoy a view of the Katy Prairie that is not often experienced.
Having worked on the Bridgeland property for the past decade, Cate designed Tree House Park with Bridgeland’s environmental focus in mind. The structure is created from renewable pine stock and laced within a century-old oak, giving the impression that the tree organically grew through the tree house.
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“Buying in Bridgeland before anyone else was a little scary. We didn’t know what we were getting into, but our Realtor took us out here and we just said ‘This is it.’
And here we are. In the beginning, we could see our house from Fry Road. We called it the ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ Obviously we can’t do that anymore, but it’s been really fun watching Bridgeland grow up.” -Heather Gural, Bridgeland’s First Resident
Halloween is supposed to be a night filled with fun and candy, but sadly the American Automobile Association (AAA) says October 31st is the second deadliest day of the year for pedestrians. Toni Odumosu, M.D., who practices at the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Cypress, says parents and kids should follow these safety tips to make their Halloween a safe and enjoyable night.
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We sat down with Christian Stoinev, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent with his pup, Scooby, to talk about his background and upcoming performance at Howl-O-Ween Fest.
Bridgeland: Our entire team loves America’s Got Talent. We watched you and knew we had to have you perform at Howl-O-Ween Fest at some point.
Christian: Really? That’s cool. I think a lot of people who watch the show don’t understand that you get close to the people you’re competing against. I can’t speak for other seasons, but I had a great group of people during mine. We really weren’t competitive. We were cool with one another. We came to understand that it’s hard to compare a singer to a gymnast. We just wanted everyone to enjoy the show.
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“Janet and I were avid hunters. We took trips all over the United States and overseas to Africa, New Zealand and Spain to do so. We bought way more house than we needed, but we used the upstairs and front entry as trophy rooms.
Sometimes we would walk along the Cypress Creek Nature Trails and photograph the eagles and alligators and deer. We had lots of happy moments in Bridgeland, but some challenging ones as well.
Janet had Alzheimer’s. She was diagnosed in 2005 and we moved into Bridgeland in 2007. She passed away last December, but I’m still in the house we designed and I love it. I have everything I need. The trophies, and the photos, and the memories.” -Harold Colvard, Resident 225