Fort Bend area projects earn H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Awards

FortBendArea1The Houston-Galveston Area Council is pleased to announce three Fort Bend County projects have been selected for recognition as part of the 2015 Parks and Natural Areas Award competition. These projects serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region. Fort Bend area projects will be honored in three categories: Policy Tools, On-the-Ground Projects Under $500K, and Planning Process.

On Tuesday, January 19, the H-GAC Board of Directors is scheduled to recognize the award winners during the regular board meeting at 10 a.m. in the H-GAC Conference Rooms, 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Second Floor. The awards winners will also be honored at a reception following the Board meeting.

The Missouri City SOWING Project Community Garden, a project by Men for Change, Inc., is the Winner in the Policy Tools category. The project encourages children and their families to focus on healthy eating habits through nutrition education and activities. The Universally Accessible Playground, a project by the City of Sugar Land, is the Winner in the On-the-Ground Projects Under $500K category. This park is ideal for children of all ages and abilities and is the first of its kind in a City of Sugar Land public park.

FortBendAreaThe Richmond Trail Master Plan, a project by the City of Richmond, will receive Special Recognition in the Planning Process category. This plan provides policy guidance and direction for the gradual, phased development of a communitywide trail network, including itemizing key design considerations, funding options, and project prioritization.

Since 2006, the Parks and Natural Areas subcommittee, an extension of H-GAC’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee, has recognized creative and innovative park and natural area projects that implement best management practices in planning, policy and development.

For information about H-GAC’s Parks and Natural Areas planning program, contact Mary Martha Gaiennie at 713-993-2468 or

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