Katy, Texas


Katy is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city is approximately centered at the tripoint of Harris, Fort Bend, and Waller counties. In the early 1800s Katy was known as "Cane Island", named for the creek that runs through the area, a branch of Buffalo Bayou. In 1895, James Oliver Thomas laid out a town, and in January 1896 the town of Katy was named through Thomas's post office application.

DSC_7659.jpgThe name "Katy" was derived from the MKT Railroad Company, which was commonly referred to as "the K-T" (also its stock exchange symbol). This common designation soon evolved into "the Katy."


Igloo Corporation is headquartered west of Katy in unincorporated Waller County. Academy Sports and Outdoors has its corporate offices and product distribution center in unincorporated western Harris County. BP America is headquartered in the Houston Energy Corridor and is the area's largest employer, with 5,500 employees on its Westlake campus as of 2009. BP's Katy operations include engineering and business support for much of BP's onshore operations in the contiguous United States, as well as its operations in the Gulf of Mexico. As of 2017, Amazon is building a 1 million-square-foot distribution center near the intersection of Highway 90 and Woods Road.


Katy Mills Mall is a climate controlled indoor shopping mall that is home to over 175 stores. Katy Mills is located at the intersection of I-10 West and Pin Oak Road approximately 25 miles West of downtown Houston and conveniently located near the Houston Energy corridor.


The city of Katy is located at the three-border intersection of Harris, Fort Bend, and Waller counties, along Interstate 10, 29 miles (47 km) west of downtown Houston and 22 miles (35 km) east of Sealy. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Katy has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29.3 km2), of which 11.2 square miles (29.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.38%, is water. Katy is often further defined as either "Old Towne Katy" or "Greater Katy". "Old Towne Katy" refers to the proper of Katy, which was incorporated in 1945.


Greater Katy includes communities such as Cinco Ranch, Green Trails, Grayson Lakes, Seven Meadows, Pine Mill Ranch, Silver Ranch, Firethorne, Grand Lakes and Cane Island. It also encompasses suburban developments from the 1970s and 1980s, such as Memorial Parkway, Kelliwood and Nottingham Country.

Old Towne Katy's new upscale communities include Pin Oak Village, The Falls at Green Meadows and The Enclave. Large developments underway include a new residential community boarding the east border of Mary Joe Peckham Park and the anticipated Katy Boardwalk. The City of Katy has recently placed a large focus on the downtown redevelopment plan which includes the new City Hall Building and an upcoming Downtown green space. Further projects include the Katy Museum of Modern Art's new building, Typhoon Texas Water Park, Katy Independent School District's Legacy Football Stadium, Katy Independent School District's Rhodes Stadium, Momentum Indoor Climbing Center, REI Climb Store and the YMCA at Katy Main Street. Large road improvements are underway in Downtown, on Morton Road and Franz Road.



Katy is home to multiple award winning Hospitals. Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, Houston Methodist West and Memorial Herman Katy are proud to serve the Katy community.

Katy also has numerous medical practitioners for all diseases and



The Katy Independent School District (KISD) is a public school district based in Katy, Texas, United States with an enrollment of over 70,000 students. As of August 2009, the district was rated as "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.

The district serves 181 square miles (469 km2) in parts of Harris County, Fort Bend County and Waller County. Most of the district lies within the boundaries of the City of Houston, the City of Katy or their municipalities' extraterritorial jurisdiction.



Typhoon Texas Waterpark also calls Katy home.

Katy is served by the Katy Branch of Harris County Public Library (HCPL) at 5414 Franz Road.

Harris County operates the Mary Jo Peckham Community Center at 5597 Gardenia Lane, Katy, Texas 77493.

The City of Katy Dog Park is located at 5414 Franz Road.

The annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival is two days of continuous live entertainment, craft and food booths, carnival and more.

Katy City Park, 5720 Franz Road  - This recently renovated sports facility is home to 2 tournament sized baseball fields, 2 tournament sized softball fields, a state of the art sports lighting system, soccer field/flag football field, covered tri court basketball pavilion, 6 ADA accessible tennis courts and many picnic tables for year round use. 

Harvest Plaza, 5701 Third Street - In the heart of downtown Historic Katy, Harvest Plaza is set aside in tribute to Katy’s beginnings as a rice-farming community. The beautifully landscaped plaza offers a 18’x56′ shade structure with night lighting, benches, a water feature and commemorative brick paving. This park hosts the annual Holiday in the Park Tree Lighting ceremony and Baskets and Bunnies Easter Event, as well as many other downtown family events throughout the year.

Thomas Park, Fourth Street - The historic Tri County park attracts residents for its tranquil environment, paved walking path, benches, playground and gazebo (which can be used for outdoor weddings, birthday parties and photographs). It is also the home to the historic tri-county monument marker. The park’s gazebo may be reserved on a daily basis for special events.

 VFW Park , 6202 George Bush Drive - Centrally located within the City of Katy, this recently renovated park offers an exciting children’s playground with space net, two picnic pavilions with tables and a jogging trail. The park also hosts its bi-annual Community Campout and is next door to the Katy Historic Museum.

Woodsland Park and Community Center, 443 Danover Road - Eight acre, heavily wooded park with amenities that cater to individuals and groups looking for a park with a more private atmosphere. The park’s large barbecue pit, covered basketball pavilion, picnic tables, playground and community building are favorites to those who use the park and facilities.   Woodsland Park is home to the city’s senior services day activities and community fitness classes.

Katy Heritage Park, 5990 George Bush Drive - Established in 2003 as a joint project with the City of Katy and the Katy Heritage Society, Heritage Park is best known for its restored historic buildings, beautiful landscaping and heritage-rich activities year round.  Heritage Park is also host to many community events with its Tradition Bank bandstand pavilion and brick paved patio.

Railroad Park Information & Tourist Center, 5615 First Street - This restored Missouri-Kansas-Texas Depot, a unique Downtown “pocket park”, serves as the City’s information center with brochures and maps, and features Katy Heritage Society Railroad Museum and an authentic red caboose, which is great for photo opportunities.  The park is a beautifully landscaped area with benches and an old town clock.

Jan Gillespie
Jan Gillespie