Sugar Land City Council approved $1,065,777 for the third phase of improvements at Brazos River Park.
The project approved by voters in 2013 will include a pavilion, pedestrian crossings, concrete trails, picnic tables, benches, bike racks, grills, new trees, shrubs and irrigation. Future enhancements will include playground equipment. The six-month construction project is expected to begin this month.
Residents identified the new amenities through years of public input, including the Parks and Recreation Open Space Master Plan.
The phase-three improvements complement past projects that provide a connection to Sugar Land Memorial Park, the Festival Site and the city’s network of hike/bike trails.
“This project delivers on what our community told us is important,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Chesser. “It is a reflection of past community priorities and reaffirms that our residents believe green spaces and parks projects are important to Sugar Land’s quality of life and attract visitors who contribute to our economic prosperity.”
Voters approved bonds totaling $31.5 million on Nov. 5, 2013, to fund two park projects. The approved propositions included development of 128 acres of new parkland along the Brazos River with an adjacent festival site and a connecting network of nearly 10 miles of hike and bike trails and bridges.
In preparing for the bond election, the city gained input and feedback from a 100-member citizens’ bond committee. The committee prioritized projects, considered phasing opportunities and made funding recommendations.
The final phase of Brazos River Park was delayed due to economic constraints caused by COVID.