The VillagesWritten by The-Woodlands-Guide
Village/Neighborhoods in The Woodlands
Over the past 43 years since the Village of Grogan’s Mill opened in 1974, George Mitchell’s vision has come to life with the development of each of the eight residential villages that make up The Woodlands. From the original purchase of 2,800 acres made in 1964 by founder George Mitchell, The Woodlands has come a long way. Now home to more than 110,000 residents, the master-planned community has become a dining, retail and entertainment epicenter, dominated by the oil, gas and health care industries.
Village of Alden Bridge
When Roger Galatas was president of The Woodlands Operating Company in 1994, he named The Woodlands’ newest village that opened that same year after his hometown, Alden Bridge, Louisiana. As one of the largest villages, the village is adjacent to Jones State Forest and home to The Woodlands Christian Academy, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, three CISD schools, 25 parks and 13 aquatic facilities.
Village of Cochran's Crossing
This expansive, established village (1983) is the home of The Woodlands Country Club and Palmer golf course. Like other villages in The Woodlands, Cochran’s Crossing resembles a small city. Cochran’s Crossing was founded in 1983 and named after the Cochran family in Montgomery County that once co-owned the Grogan-Cochran Lumber Company.
Village of College Park
The Village of College Park opened in 1995 and was named for the higher education facilities that reside in it—Lone Star College-University Center, Sam Houston State University-The Woodlands Center, and The Woodlands College Park High School & Academy of Science and Technology. The “college town” is one of the smaller villages and is also home to CHI St. Luke Health-The Woodlands Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, two active adult living communities, six parks and one swimming pool.
Village of Creekside Park
The newest Woodlands village, Creekside Park opened in October 2007 and earned its namesake for its proximity to Spring Creek. The 3,500-acre village is the only one to extend across the Montgomery County line and into Harris County and is also the only village with a village green. The village is home to the George Mitchell Nature Preserve, the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, Carlton Woods Creekside, Lone Star College-Creekside Center, eight parks, one Tomball ISD school and a portion of the Spring Creek Greenway project.
Village of Grogan's Mill
In the early 1960's George P. Mitchell, a Texas wildcatter and oil and real estate entrepreneur, envisioned a master-planned community that would include as many jobs as homes. The Village of Grogan's Mill opened in 1974 and is named after the original Grogan-Cochran Lumber Company (1917) that was previously operating on the land.
Village of Indian Springs
The Village of Indian Springs has a deep history according to officials with The Woodlands Township, who documented the area’s history in several publications. According to documents, “The discovery of Indian artifacts from the Bidai tribe of Atakapan Indians led to the village's unique name.”
Village Associations in The Woodlands
Most villages in The Woodlands Township have organized village associations with officers elected by the residents of that village. The village associations are the grassroots forums where issues are discussed and village programs are planned. All adult residents are members of their village association and some of them make up the association's board. The village associations are separate and independent organizations that provide civic and social opportunities. Many of the duties for the village officers can be found in each village association's bylaws. For more specific information on an individual village association, its activities and expectations, please visit the specific village association website. All villages in The Woodlands reside in Montgomery County, Texas, with the exception of The Village of Creekside Park, which is in Harris County.
Village of Panther Creek
Named for the same body of water that forms its eastern boundary as Lake Woodlands, the Village of Panther Creek opened in 1977 as the second village in The Woodlands. Panther Creek is also home to Northshore and Southshore parks, two public swimming pools, three CISD schools and The Woodlands’ iconic dragon, formally known as “Rise of the Midgard Serpent,” as well as “The Dreamer” sculpture.
Village of Sterling Ridge
The Village of Sterling Ridge opened in 1999, the same year The Woodlands celebrated its 25th anniversary, and therefore received its name to honor “the sterling silver anniversary.” Sterling Ridge is home to the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, the Gary Player Signature Championship golf course, The South Montgomery County YMCA, four parks, three CISD schools and one Magnolia ISD school. The village has its own park and ride and includes the gated community of Carlton Woods, which originally was a village in its own right.