Big mounds of dirt dug for Meadows Place lake

By Elsa Maxey

The Meadows Place lake groundbreaking marks the beginning of a project that will be completed by June. Located in the “heart of Meadows Place”. Shown (l-r) are: Former Alderman Clyde Little, Parks and Recreation Director Monya Keenen, Alderman Rick Staigle, Alderman Heidi S. Case, Mayor Charles Jessup, Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers, Alderman Shirley Isbell, Alan King, Tom Benvegnu, Jeff Blume, Former Parks and Recreation Director Terry Modeland, and Public Works Director Dan McGraw.

Meadows Place officials formally announced the construction of a park that is now underway in the city. Award winning designers Jeff Blume, Jeff King, and Dave Elmendorf have had a hand in it, according to city officials.

“It’s in the heart of meadows place,” said Mayor Charles Jessup “and you can see it just off West Airport.” Mayor Jessup said the park and lake project is a joint venture among Meadows Place, Fort Bend County, and Texas Parks and Wildlife, which provided grant funds used to match parks bond and county funds amounting to a cost just over $200,000.

“We couldn’t afford to fill the lake and we took this opportunity to convent our fresh water treatment plant and upgrade it, and now we can run reclaimed water for city operations,” said Mayor Jessup indicating that the upgrade will save the city money as the reclaimed water will also be used for irrigation purposes.

So passers-by wondering about those big “mountains” of dirt are being told that the excavation is for a lake to be in the middle of a jogging trail. There will also be a pavilion with bar-b-que pits, walking trails, fishing, and a bridge across the lake. “It’s an amenity that brings us more in line with the communities of Fort Bend County,” said Mayor Jessup, “rather than being associated with Alief as had been the case simply because of geography.”

The construction is expected to be finished late May or early June. “It won’t be long before our residents will get to walk around it,” said the mayor. Plans call for the city’s first major event at the new site to be the July 4th celebration, complete with the traditional parade leading to it, a military aircraft landing and a big festival.

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