The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan (PROSMP) aims to provide guidance and vision for the future of parks, open spaces, and recreational opportunities in Sugar Land. The PROSMP is one of eight City master plans that implements goals from the Comprehensive Plan. A review of the last (2005) parks plan in 2015 revealed that 90 percent of the projects have been completed, designed or included in the current capital improvement program budget. An update is required to evaluate future needs.
The Update Process
With the goal of creating a five-year implementation strategy, the project utilized a combination of the following:
implementation action plan recommendations and cost estimates
Phase I - Summer and Fall 2016 City staff worked in close partnership with the Parks, Art, Recreation, Culture and Streetscapes Board (PARCS Board); residents; the Planning and Zoning Commission; and City Council. The PARCS Board’s role is to provide feedback and be a sounding board for ideas and recommendations for the update. The PARCS Board also participated in stakeholder meetings and other forms of public input. The result of Phase I is a summary of the residents’ needs and preference, and a comprehensive inventory of the overall parks system.
Phase II - Winter 2016 till February 2018
A list of recommendations was generated based on the public input and the system needs assessment from Phase I. The PARCS Board conducted a series of focused workshops and prioritized the recommendation items. An Implementation Action Plan draft was created based on the PARCS Board’s prioritization exercise and staff’s input.
The City of Sugar Land held the second Public Open House for the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan on October 25, 2017. The feedback is incorporated into the plan draft, which was available for comment on Online Town Hall. The City Council adopted the plan on February 20, 2018.
With the help of the many citizens that have provided their input and with the dedication of the PARCS Board we will continue to build a system that can provide healthy, fun, and interactive parks and programs for residents of all ages, cultures and abilities.