Arts and Recreation
Youth sports and high school sports are a huge part of life in the Katy area. Opportunities for youth sports in the area include baseball, basketball, football, fencing, three lacrosse clubs, soccer leagues, girls softball leagues, swim clubs, tennis clubs, track & field clubs and volleyball clubs. Shooting, biking, equestrian, skating, gymnastics, dance, running, martial arts, laser tag and more are celebrated in Katy.
The Katy area has multiple fitness center options for vigorous, active residents. The YMCA provides an excellent fitness facility and venue for community for Katy Residents. There are two YMCA's in the Cinco Ranch (Ballard) and the City of Katy (Chapman). Lifetime Fitness in Cinco Ranch is another fitness facility option and Villasport is constructing a 100,000 sq. ft. facility near Tompkins HIgh School. The area is also home to other health facilities including, LA Fitness and other 24-Hour Fitness.
Ready to relax and enjoy a day on the golf course? The Katy area offers over 126 championship golf holes such as Cinco Ranch, Meadowbrook Farms, Willow Fork and Pine Forest Golf Club and more courses in close proximity. Top Golf also has a facility located in the Energy Corridor in the Katy area.
Professional sports venues are great with Katy being located within 35 miles of the Houston Texans Football, Houston Astros Baseball, Houston Rockets Basketball, Houston Dynamo Soccer and numerous other sports venues.
Katy is located only 90 miles from the beautiful sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and to some of the finest inshore and offshore salt-water fishing on the entire Texas Gulf Coast. Fresh water fishing is available in Katy at some of the public lakes in the master planned communities. Additionally, the nearby larger lake systems of Lake Houston, Summerville, Conroe and Huntsville offer great fresh water fishing.
Katy’s personality demonstrates its pride and competitive spirit best with its strong support of high school football. While this is a Texas characteristic, Katy has taken it to new heights, thanks to the Katy Tigers, who have won eight, 6A state football championships. Legacy Stadium and Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium are home fields for Katy ISD high school football.
Parks, Facilities and Festivals
With the convergence of Harris, Waller and Fort Bend Counties within the Katy ISD footprint, residents of Katy have access to nearly 30 parks in the Katy area including the expansive George Bush Park (GBP). GBP features an equestrian area, hiking and biking trails on 21,000 acres with shooting ranges, model airplane parks, dog parks, trails and soccer and baseball fields.
The Great Southwest Equestrian Center is home to local and regional competitive equestrian events.
Within the city limits of Katy, there are several park and family gathering places. Katy City Park offers two tournament sized baseball fields, two tournament sized softball fields, state of the art sports lighting system, soccer field/flag football field, covered tri court basketball pavilion and European hand ball courts. Katy’s Play Station was designed for multiply-impaired and profoundly deaf children and is located within Katy City Park. The Katy Play Station was featured in Today’s Playground Magazine.
The Leonard E. Merrell Center is a 7,200-seat multi-purpose arena built adjacent to the Katy ISD Administration Building in 2005. Since 2008 the Merrell Center has hosted the Southland Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. The Center hosts concerts, shows, banquets, high school basketball and graduation ceremonies.
Alkek Velodrome is one of 20 plus velodromes in the United States and the site of Olympic biking events and Texas State championships. Katy is also the starting place of the BPMS 150, a bike ride from Houston to Austin usually held in the spring of each year. Over 10,000 riders participate and raise millions of dollars of multiple sclerosis in the race to find a cure for the disease. The Katy area is also home to several cycling clubs that hold scheduled rides on the weekends and weekdays. The Katy Rotary Club hosts the Katy Triathlon in the city of Katy and numeraous other mutli-sport events and races are held in the Katy area and in fulshear.
The VFW Park and Community Center is centrally located within the city of Katy, and features a children’s playgrounds, picnic pavilions, a jogging trail, a community building and Katy Heritage Museum which chronicles the development of Katy and features farm equipment and historical artifacts. The VFW Hall is home to the city’s recreation programs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 Museum and many city events. Woodland Park is an eight-acre wooded park with large barbecue pit, covered basketball pavilion, picnic tables, playground, and community buildings and home to the city’s summer camps and social services day activities.
Katy Heritage Park was established in 2003 as a joint project with the City of Katy and the Katy Heritage Society and is known for its restored historic buildings and the Railroad Park serves as the visitor information center. Housed in the restored Missouri-Kansas-Texas Depot, the Information Center features an authentic red caboose.
The Katy Rice Festival held in old town Katy in October, draws over 50,000 visitors to the area each year. The festival celebrates and highlights the history and heritage of the area’s great “cash crop” and its influence on building a robust agricultural economy and the development of the Katy area. The family-oriented festival features two live entertainment stages, a parade, a carnival, arts, crafts, product, services and food booths, demonstrations and competitions for rice cooking, photography and parade entries.
The Katy ISD Open Pro Rodeo is a three day, night event held in February each year. Sanctioned by the CPRA and produced under the auspices of the Katy ISD and the FFA, this rodeo is conducted at the L.D. Robinson Pavilion across the street from the Merrell Center. The rodeo celebrates and highlights the value of agriculture. The range of events and activities include a parade, a carnival, animal and education exhibits, professional and junior rodeo events – steer wrestling, bronc riding, calf roping and bull riding barrel racing, bareback riding and even a stick-horse race. The event draws largely from the three county areas and the greater Houston region.
Katy also has its own micro-brewery and distellery which are located in Katy’s iconic symbol: the Katy Rice Dryers. No Label Brewery produces several primary and seasonal beers which cans be found on the shelves of major stores and bars throughout the Houston area.
Katy ISD also offers a variety of Fine Arts programs ranging from orchestra to drama production. Fine arts programs from numerous Katy ISD schools are frequently honored with awards as top performers in the state. A complete list of Katy ISD fine arts programs can be found here.