By Betsy Dolan
Sugar Land’s newest community park concept will be representative of the diversity that exists in the subdivision where it will reside.
The City of Sugar Land revealed the concept plan for the parkland that will sit on 65 acres south of U.S. Highway 90A and west of State Highway 6 in Telfair between Easton Avenue and Chatham Avenue.
“The goal of this park is to find a balance between active and passive needs,” said Sheila Condon, landscape architect with Clark Condon an Associates. “We want this park geared toward adult play.”
The project proposal includes elements such as fields for cricket, lacrosse, rugby, flag football, tennis, adult soccer, water features, playgrounds and a multi-purpose building. The parkland also includes a two-acre historic cemetery.
The park’s proximity to the airport prompted the city to conduct a 2010 air space study which revealed a few restrictions. The park’s design also needed to consider the potential impact on near-by residential areas.
“One issue was where to put the fields and the parking that didn’t impact the homes nearby. We decided to include a park road that would pull people into the park and provide good circulation to the parking areas,” Condon said. “We put the fields in the southern part of the park because it was better for the FAA restrictions and we discovered that the location really gives a historical flavor and a sense of openess.”
Residents were asked to submit their wish list for the park in a community survey process this fall. Twelve hundred surveys were reviewed by the City.
“Our citizens told us what they’d like to see at this park, and we’re listening,” said City Manager Allen Bogard. “It’s a great example of citizen engagement. We’ll continue to look to our citizens as we seek their feedback on future parks projects.”
Assistant Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Director, Joe Chesser said the park will be Sugar Land’s 25th. Currently there are 18 neighborhood parks, one regional park and six community level parks which are typically between 16 and 100 acres.
“This park will be a community level park and its function will be to serve all of the residents of Sugar Land not just those living in Telfair,” Chesser said. “We’re trying to get parks evenly distributed around Sugar Land.”
The City sought input from Telfair’s HOA, sports groups and the Multi-Cultural Advisory Board in the planning of the park. A consulting group was hired in August to begin the initial design.
“This park will have a cohesive theme that is representative of the personality of the park,” Condon said. “The public seems to favor a combination of sports of the world and art works depicting sports.”
The project is in its early phases. No timeline has been announced on a proposed opening date for the park.