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About our Parks

Tumlinson Park Monument
The Block House neighborhood is fortunate to have more than 100 acres of green space and many large trees. In addition, the historic Walker House, two pools, a pavilion and a community center are available for Block House MUD residents can reserve for family events. Check Park Use, Park Facilities, and Pool Use for more information on using these amenities.

Let’s take a drive through the neighborhood to see some of the highlights. Take a look at Park Photos to see photos of the various parks and facilities available to residents.

As you turn into Block House Drive from Hwy. 183, straight ahead of you is the green space of Comanche Park marked by an attractive stone monument sign and a flag pole proudly flying the American flag. Comanche Park is a four-acre greenbelt with a hiking trail and a few hills to add challenge to your walking workout. The park is landscaped with oak and crepe myrtle trees. A row of pampas grass creates an attractive background to the park and a buffer for homes adjoining the park.

Tumlinson Park

Walker Foot Bridge
The Walker Foot Bridge at Tumlinson Park
Turn right on Walker House Drive to find the rambling, 20-acre Tumlinson Park on the left. Tumlinson Park is the jewel of the neighborhood with a number of amenities that make Block House an idyllic neighborhood to call home. Tumlinson Park includes the Tumlinson Pool with a newly-installed three –tiered slide. A hiking trail circling the park is shaded by lush oak and pecan trees. With picnic tables, barbeque grill, a sand volleyball court and chess/checkerboard tables, you can plan a fun family outing.

Neighborhood kids can hitch their bikes on the bike racks at Tumlinson Park and join a pick-up baseball game at the baseball diamond. Bleachers are provided for enthusiastic parents and other spectators. Tumlinson Park also offers two tennis courts, one basketball court and a sport court.

Two playscapes offer play features for different age groups including ladders, slides, tunnels and more. Soft surfaces underneath allow them to play vigorously with protection. The playscape area is bound by an attractive wrought iron fence. Benches nearby allow parents to visit with one another and monitor the children’s play. Water fountains are available to quench the thirst of hard day’s play. There is also a tiny picnic table covered by a shady shelter for rest time.

Walker House

The Walker House
The Walker House   
Tumlinson Park is also home to the historic Walker House that has been saved and renovated by the MUD to host meeting and small gatherings for Block House residents. Built in the late 1800s, the Walker House was home to Alexander Stuart (A.S.) Walker, an early community leader. Walker launched a newspaper, the Democratic Statesman, and served as district clerk, district attorney and Supreme Court Justice. Photos of early inhabitants and remnants of wallpaper once used to decorate the rooms are on display in the front room. A windmill, similar to the one that may have served the farm in the old days, now spins in the wind behind the Walker House today.

In front of the Walker House is an information kiosk where residents can post notices such as babysitting and yard services and items for sale. MUD notices and agendas are also posted on the kiosk. A drop box is available for a convenient way to pay your MUD bill.

Pavilion and Pergola

For larger neighborhood gatherings, a lighted pavilion is available at Tumlinson Park with picnic tables, a water fountain, trash cans and access to electrical outlets.

From the back porch of the Walker House, you can hear the falling water of Block House Creek in the woods. Nature paths through the woods allow you to explore the creek. Step over honeycombed rocks, see the cattails that are the feature of the Block House logo. Explore where the dragonflies live. Hop over the creek on stones in the water or balance on a fallen tree trunk.

When you need a moment for quiet contemplation, you may want to sit on the stone benches in the vine-covered pergola. The pergola was donated by Rena Sonnenreich in memory of her husband, retired Air Force Colonel Joseph I. Sonnenreich.

There is a huge oak tree roundabout on Tumlinson Fort Drive.

As if there were not enough recreational activities in Tumlinson Park, kids can also ride their bikes to the Bike Trail Park, just across from Tumlinson Park. The Bike Trail Park has a circuit of dirt ramps for kids to ride their bikes up and down. The park is dotted with pecan trees, and bleachers are available for spectators.

For wide open spaces where groups can play soccer and football, Block House residents can visit the 13 acres of Tonkawa Park. To find Tonkawa Park, as you enter the neighborhood, turn left on Block House Drive, then left on Jacqueline. Tonkawa Park also features a walking trail, a water fountain and trash cans. It is landscaped with mountain laurel, elm and red bud trees.

Apache Park

The Playscape at Apache Park
Drive down the attractively landscaped Block House Drive to find Apache Park on the right, nestled in the middle of the neighborhood near Moser River and Port Anne streets. Apache Park is the home of the year-round heated Apache Pool. The two-acre park includes a playscape with ladders, climbing features and a spiral slide. The playscape is circled by a sidewalk and benches for parents to watch their children. Native oak trees and artfully placed boulders create an attractive landscape. Landscaping berms planted with drought-tolerant plants provide a contrast to surrounding flat areas. Across Block House Drive is an open area with native plantings that create a pleasing, relaxing view.

As you leave Apache Park and drive further down Block House Drive, you’ll find the two-acre Jumano Park on the left near Smithfield Road and across from Black Kettle Drive. Jumano Park is a heavily wooded natural area with cedar, prickly pear cactus, agarita. Wildlife includes rabbits and squirrels.

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