Fort Bend County buys Gordon Ranch Park
By Elsa Maxey
Fort Bend County announces the acquisition of the 112-acre Gordon Ranch Park, located off FM 359 in West Fort Bend County, for $3.6 million and it plans to lease this park area to the Houston YMCA. The Gordon Ranch was purchased with $3.5 million contributed by the George Foundation and the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation, both of which are located in Richmond; and billionaire Dan Harrison III. The county’s share was $100,000.
“Fort Bend Green has been involved in raising the funds and helped facilitate and negotiate on with the current owner,” Fort Bend Green Executive Director Kim Icenhower told the Star. Established in 2008, Fort Bend Green is a 501(c)3 organization facilitating partnerships to close what is referred to as the projected green space gap as Fort Bend grows. It also supports the county’s efforts to maintain the National Parks Service recommended ratio of park space per 1,000 in population, reports the county.
“This acquisition preserves a large area of green space for future generations while providing the YMCA with a facility to enhance their youth programs for area children,” said County Judge Bob Hebert in a news release. “We are very proud of our work to help bring this wonderful developed park facility to Fort Bend County,” he said. The county closed on the Gordon Ranch property last Friday. Judge Hebert thanked the donors for their contributions and Fort Bend Green for their efforts to turn an opportunity into a reality.”
The Gordon Ranch, which has served the area as an event venue, is located off FM 359 in Richmond on the west part of the county. It has a 7,000 sq foot lodge, bunk houses, open air pavilions with restrooms, two swimming pools, sports and recreational facilities and a six-acre lake amidst a landscape of pecan and oak trees.
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