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 will utilize a combination of the following:
assessments of needs
programs and cost estimates
Phase I - Summer 2016
City staff will work in close partnership with the Parks, Art, Recreation, Culture and Streetscapes Board; residents; the Planning and Zoning Commission; and City Council. The Board’s role will be to provide feedback and be a sounding board for ideas and recommendations for the update. The Board will also participate in stakeholder meetings and other forms of public input. The result of Phase I will be a recommendation for timelines for implementation of projects, programs and services.
As always, public engagement is critical to the master plan update process to identify the community’s vision for the future of Sugar Land’s parks and green space. Activities specifically designed to attract public engagement in the PROSMP update are scheduled throughout Phase I and will involve a broad cross-section of the community. Opportunities for participation will include:
public open houses
input gathered from Online Town Hall discussions
In addition, residents are encouraged to attend and speak at public hearings at the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. Results from the public input processes aid in understanding community preferences and assist with the development of goals and strategies and guide policy making.