Bay Forest, Houston, Texas

Bay Forest is a community located in the southeast corner of Houston, Texas in Houston's Bay Area. It is part of a family of neighborhoods collectively called Clear Lake City. It is a bedroom community made up almost entirely of single-family homes, parks, and other open areas. The community comprises 832 residences and is located on either side of El Dorado Boulevard between Space Center Boulevard and Horsepen Bayou.

The [http://www.bayforest.info Bay Forest Community Association] was officially established with the filing of deed restrictions with Harris County on November 18, 1985.

Parks

Bay Forest residents enjoy the amenities provided by the following community parks:
*Bay Forest Park - a 5.7 acre (2.3 hectare) park offering:
**Shaded picnic areas
**Open recreation areas
**An enclosed 165,000 gallon (625 ), 25 yard (23 m) pool with six lanes (3-to-5 ft (0.9-to-1.5 m) depth) and a 12 ft (3.7 m) diving well, a 1.5 ft (0.5 m) wading pool, pool deck furniture, two grills, a main building with bathrooms and showers, a 1,240 sq ft (115 ) pavilion shelter, and two gazebos
**Four controlled access tennis courts with night lighting available
**Two "Big Toy" playground areas with a full assortment of children’s activity platforms
**Six picnic tables and benches
**16 paved parking spaces

*Willow Shores Park - a 3 acre (1.2 hectare) park offering:
**Open sports fields for soccer, football, or any imaginable activity with adjacent shaded areas and benches
**A concrete, full-court basketball court with one backboard
**Six picnic tables and benches
**A redwood "Big Toy" playground on 3,500 sq ft (325 ) of beach sand
**29 paved parking spaces

*Bay Forest Wildlife Preserve - a 10.3 acre (4.2 hectare) habitat of indigenous flora and fauna unique to Gulf Coast riparian reserves that includes a 0.5 mile (800 m) crushed granite trail for exploring or exercising. Located in the southeast corner of the neighborhood adjacent to Horsepen Bayou, it provides residents with a quiet retreat from city life. The park is owned by the [http://www.hpbinc.org Houston Parks Board] and leased to the community.

*Pocket Park - a 1 acre (0.4 hectare) shaded, grassy park consisting of two parcels separated by a street. It includes a concrete walking path and four benches.

*Erin Creek Island Park - a shaded, 1,200 sq ft (110 ) mini park with five benches for resting or meeting neighbors.

Police/Fire Service

Houston Police Department's [http://www.houstontx.gov/police/cs/beatpages/clearlake.htm Clear Lake Patrol Division] provides police services to the Bay Forest community. Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided primarily through [http://www.houstontx.gov/fire/firestations/station71.html Fire Station 71] of the Houston Fire Department.

Public Education

Bay Forest is served by the Clear Creek Independent School District, and local public school students attend [http://www.ccisd.net/school/falcon_pass.html Falcon Pass Elementary School] , [http://www.ccisd.net/school/space_center.html Space Center Intermediate School] , and Clear Lake High School.


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