Sugar Land’s Universally Accessible Playground Project selected as Macy’s “Heart Your Park” fundraising program recipient

Sugar Land’s Universally Accessible Playground Project at First Colony Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From now to March 31, customers at Macy’s located in First Colony Mall can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting First Colony Park. Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

First Colony Park is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program.

Sugar Land’s donation will go toward building the first fully accessible playground in the city.   A project of the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation, the new playground will provide a place where children can play together and foster friendships in a welcoming and safe environment where every child’s unique qualities and abilities are recognized and appreciated.   “The Universally Accessible Playground is a perfect example of the City, the Foundation, and philanthropic partners coming together to enhance the quality of life for Sugar Land/Fort Bend County residents,” said Gene Reed, Board President of the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation.

“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Jim Browne, Director of Parks and Recreation. “The cost of an accessible playground is much higher than a standard playground. The proposed playground with 5,500 square feet of rubber surfacing is estimated to cost $400,000, and we are excited to be that much closer to making this playground a reality. This park is a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.”

For more information about Sugar Land Legacy Foundation or to donate to the Universally Accessible Playground or another SLLF project, visit For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit

The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established in 2010 to promote community investment in facilities and activities that enhance the long-term prosperity and quality of life of Sugar Land residents. Contributions to the Legacy Foundation support the City of Sugar Land’s acquisition, ownership, construction, development, or improvement of land and facilities. The SLLF encourages participation from private philanthropic sources, and participates in state and federal funding opportunities when appropriate.

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