Sugar Land Memorial Park – “Fort Bend Veterans Memorial” Fund

This “memorializing” project for Fort Bend Veterans is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Fort Bend Veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. The memorial is intended to celebrate the values embodied by all service members who served in all of America’s wars. With the help of a blue ribbon citizen’s task force appointed by Mayor James Thompson and the Sugar Land City Council, a plan has been developed for future memorials to recognize Fort Bend County Veterans in Sugar Land Memorial Park. These memorials will be situated in four distinct areas within the Veterans' Memorial area of the park. Each memorial is intended to provoke different emotions. The City of Sugar Land unveiled the first of the four memorials during the 2010 Memorial Day ceremony — flags representing each branch of service. Click here to learn more about this project.

Other Memorial Fund initiatives may include educational programs for students and teachers, and specific sculptural elements honoring our fallen veterans.

Legacy Fund

Not sure which project to make your contribution? In addition to specific projects, the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation is establishing a fund to support capital projects identified in the future. Furthermore, in the event a specific major capital project cannot be accepted by the City due to the lack of maintenance and operations funds available, these funds could be made available to support such needs. The Legacy Foundation Board will direct these funds to the City for specific projects as needed.

Art in Public Places Fund

The City of Sugar Land is in the process of commissioning a “Cultural Arts Master Plan” to inventory the existing cultural arts resources, organizations and facilities in the community and to identify opportunities for the development of comprehensive and coordinated cultural arts programs and facilities.

As a first step, the City of Sugar Land is hosting a yearlong monumental exhibition of one of the most talked about living sculptors in the world through a partnership with the McClain Gallery and the Texan French Alliance for the Arts. The “Benar Venet Sculpture Garden in Oyster Creek Park” includes 7 pieces of this internationally renowned artist’s works on exhibition through January of 2012.

Though more opportunities for cultural arts giving will be identified through this study, you can now purchase one of the “loaned art” pieces, currently on display in the City, for your personal enjoyment. You could even be a benefactor to the City by purchasing the art and donating it to the City of Sugar Land for all of our residents and guests to enjoy for years to come!

These pieces are available for purchase while on exhibit in Sugar Land and 10% of the purchase price will be donated to the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation for the City’s “Art in Public Places” program.

"Friends of Parks" Fund

To establish a “Friends” program for the purpose of preserving Sugar Land parks and to provide enhancements unique to their character with the objective of maintaining Sugar Land’s quality of life for present and future generations. “Friends of Parks” projects may include, but are not limited to: (Click here to connect to the City of Sugar Land Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan)

  • The Oyster Creek Park Conservancy – Protect and preserve this much loved natural resource and extremely popular community park by contributing funds for park improvements, infrastructure renovation and new amenities.
  • The Brazos River Park Conservancy – One of the most significant conservation, natural resource preservation and wildlife education opportunities for this and future generations is contained in the Brazos River Park.

    Recreational opportunities for canoe and kayak enthusiasts along the Brazos River, escape the “hustle and bustle” of urban life while walking one of the many miles of trails, ride your mountain bike, and enjoy pavilions for corporate, church or family gatherings in a passive sanctuary of nature. The Brazos River Park master plan for development and preservation provides endless opportunities for contributors to play a part in making sure this treasured resource is enjoyed for years to come.

    (Click here to see the planned improvements for the ultimate development and preservation of the Brazos River Park. Brazos River Park Master Plan )
  • Supporters of Extreme Sports – The Sugar Land Skatepark is in need of expansion and updating of its skate elements and obstacles. “Skateable Art Structures” provide an opportunity to add public art elements to the facility and future trail connections that also provide “street skating elements” that today’s boarders seek for the challenge and skill development.

    The City also provides a BMX Bike Course at Lost Creek Park and the Justin P. Brindley Mountain Bike Trail to meet the needs of BMX and Mountain Bikers. Capital improvements to these facilities will expand the “extreme” bikers challenges and experiences.

    In addition new mountain bike trails are proposed in the recently acquired parkland in the Riverpark area of Sugar Land. Volunteers from the Greater Houston Off Road Bicycle Association (GHORBA) are providing manpower for the development of these trails but your financial support will help provide trail amenities to meet the Sugar Land standard for exceptional recreation facilities!

    “Pawm Springs” Puppy Coalition & Canine Social Club – The City’s very popular “bark park” welcomes donations to support capital improvements to this unique facility. Our “four legged citizens” appreciate your support for additional tree plantings, shade structures, a permanent canine obstacle & agility course, and a pier into the pond for dog jumping!

Neighborhood Park Reinvestment Fund

Individuals, foundations, corporations or homeowner’s associations that would like to make contributions to “reinvest” in their neighborhood parks can do so through the “Neighborhood Park Reinvestment Fund.”

Contributions to this fund may be leveraged with matching funds from neighborhood, civic or service clubs to make capital improvements to neighborhood parks for infrastructure repairs, renovation or the addition of new amenities consistent with the City’s Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan.

Projects that have been identified as possible recipients from this fund include Settler’s Way Park, Colony Bend Park as well as the proposed Gannoway Lake Estates Neighborhood Park. (Click here to see plans for the development of these facilities.)

Trail PARD'ners

“Creating Connections” is the very appropriate name of the City of Sugar Land’s Hike & Bike Trail System Master Plan. Connecting neighborhoods with schools, shopping, entertainment, parks, recreation facilities, churches and other neighborhoods is the goal of the plan.

Walking for recreation, health and wellness is the #1 most popular recreational activity in the United States. Hike & Bike trails are also the most requested and desired neighborhood amenity in new subdivision development in the United States, having overtaken golf courses, tennis centers and community clubhouses.

In addition to the health, wellness and recreational benefit of trails, there is an economic benefit in that homes and businesses appreciate in value at a higher rate and more quickly than development without trail amenities in close proximity.

Providing safe “off road” routes to schools, shopping, entertainment and connecting those destinations to neighborhoods help minimize air pollution, helps fight childhood obesity and increases the overall wellness of the community.

Help preserve open space and create a network of trails, bikeways and greenways in the Sugar Land area.

Possible Trail projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Justin P. Brindley Mountain Bike Trail Fund – The Justin P. Brindley Mountain Bike Trail was initially funded through a charitable donation of $50,000 for the development of the trail, signage and “technical trail elements” that challenge and reward the development of mountain bike skills. Expansion of this very popular facility and improvements to the support amenities can be accomplished through your participation in funding those improvements.
  • First Colony Hike & Bike Trail – This trail project provides critical connections to a variety of existing trail systems in the various neighborhoods of First Colony in Sugar Land. Making these connections will allow the entire First Colony trail system to function together improving access from neighborhoods to schools, work, shopping, parks and other entertainment and dining opportunities in the Sugar Land Town Square and Mall areas of Sugar Land.
  • Ditch “H” Hike & Bike Trail – This north/south section of trail is the “spine” of the City’s overall Trail System Master Plan. Connecting a variety of neighborhoods, current and future shopping and entertainment areas, parks and a number of other existing and future trail linkage opportunities.
  • Over $12 million in currently unfunded priority trail projects identified in the City of Sugar Land Trail System Master Plan (click here to review “Creating Connections” The City of Sugar Land Trail System Master Plan”).

Sugar Land Senior Adult Center Fund

Cherishing our most valued resources, our senior adult population, and providing expanded spaces and programs for their fellowship, recreation and enjoyment requires a commitment of resources to provide quality facilities for our mature adult population.

Your contribution provides for improvements to the Sugar Land Senior Center building and helps keep new furnishings, games, computers, library materials and other resources necessary to provide a comfortable leisure experience.

Sugar Land Rotary Club Universally Accessible Playground

The Sugar Land Rotary Club has taken on the challenge to raise $375,000 for the design and construction of a completely “inclusive” or “universally accessible” playground for children of all ability levels at the First Colony Athletic Park.

First Colony Athletic Park is “home field” for the Sugar Land Little League’s “Dream League” program. This unique sports program matches able bodied “Angel’s” with “Dream League” athletes of various levels of physical and mental abilities in the joy of competition and sport.

In 2008, the Minute Maid Corporation relocated their headquarters to Sugar Land and immediately adopted the “Dream League” program as the recipient of a grant through the “Astros in Action Foundation” to improve the accessibility and playing conditions for these special athletes at First Colony Athletic Park. The partnership between the Minute Maid Corporation and the Houston Astros Baseball Organization provided significant momentum for the continued growth and success of this wonderful program.

Now, the Sugar Land Rotary Club has taken the lead in fundraising to install a state of the art Universally Accessible Playground at this facility to meet the needs of the “Dream League” participants as well as all the other special needs and able bodied children of our community.

Approximately $30-35,000 has already been raised by the Sugar Land Rotary with an additional $6,500 pledged by former Sugar Land City Councilman Don Olson. Join the Sugar Land Rotary Club and other community leaders in achieving the $375,000 goal to provide this wonderful resource for our special citizens and the entire Sugar Land community.