Sugar Land to get Veterans Memorial for area park
By Betsy Dolan
When hundreds of contractors, suppliers and other experts in the tilt-wall concrete industry return home in late September after their national convention in Sugar Land, they’ll leave behind something for everyone to enjoy: a new Veterans Memorial at Sugar Land Memorial Park.
The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation presented a $107,500 donation to the City Council August 6 from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) for the design and construction of the monument. Powers Brown Architecture, E.E. Reed Construction, Pinnacle Structural Engineers and Meadow Burke are also donating design and construction services to the project.
The design, which is still being finalized, features a five sided, triangular shaped structure on the lake. Visitors will access the memorial by entering a concrete gate and crossing over a bridge.
“The five walls symbolize the five branches of the military,” said Jeffrey Brown of Powers Brown Architecture. “Light will shine on all of the walls, eventually shining on the name of someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
The cost of the project could increase, once the final design and construction costs are determined. The plan is to have the project finished by late September.
Sugar Land Legacy Foundation launches capital campaign
The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation worked with TCA to get the Veterans Memorial project off the ground. The non-profit group, which was started in 2010 as a way for the City to help pay for smaller quality of-life projects, is hoping to increase its visibility in the coming months.
The organization is launching a capital campaign to raise about $155,000 for the Universally Accessible Playground planned for First Colony Athletic Park. The total project cost is $400,000.
The Foundation received $36,900 from the Fort Bend Junior Service League’s Charity Ball, almost $7,400 in other donations and the City of Sugar Land has earmarked $200,000 for the project.
“This is a small capital campaign but we’re hoping it will be a good first step in raising general awareness of the foundation,” said Jennifer May, Assistant to the City Manager.
The Legacy Foundation also recently received $28,000 from Sugar Land resident Samuel Levin, to put four sculptures in Oyster Creek Park. The sculptures feature people sitting on a bench, children skateboarding, children playing and an alligator. The sculptures will be installed in the fall.
The foundation also collected a $15,000 donation to help pay for improvements to the Eldridge Park Trail.
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