Parks and Recreation

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Organization & Structure
  3. Services and Levels

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create and maintain unparalleled recreational opportunities while providing unique, high quality parks, and public spaces that enhance our community with exceptional customer service.

Executive Summary

The City of Sugar Land’s Parks and Recreation Department oversees 27 parks and four divisions including Administration, Maintenance and Development, Recreation, and Special Events. The department has a total of 30 full time employees and 8.8 part-time/seasonal employees with a fiscal year 2020 budget of $5,203,244.

Operational hours vary from division and activities as shown below.

Parks and Recreation operations are from dusk until dawn (unless posted hours allow for later evening activities) 7 days per week.

The T.E. Harman Senior Center is open 5 days a week:

  • Monday through Thursday from 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.
  • Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

The Imperial Park Recreation Center is open 7 days a week:

  • Monday through Friday from 8 A.M to 10 P.M.
  • Saturday from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.
  • Sunday from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s main responsibilities include:

  • plan, develop, implement and professionally manage the parks, programs, policies, facilities, special events, and leisure services established under the leadership of the City Council, City Management, and the associated advisory boards of the City of Sugar Land.

The Department is obligated to comply with mandates including Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), Certified Pool Operator (CPO), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training, and First Aid Training & Certification for staff of the T.E. Harman Senior Center and Imperial Park Recreation Center. In addition, the department must follow Title 5, Part 1, Chapter 265, Subchapter L of the Texas Administrative Code for the “Standards for Public Pools and Spas” and Section 341.064 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, as compliance is required to operate a public pool. The department also adopts the annual “Standards of Care” per city ordinance and state law through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services prior to day camp commencement.

Some current projects include but are not limited to the following:

  • Brazos River Park Phase II Completion per the 2013 Bond Program;
  • Needs Assessment on the T.E Harman Center; and
  •  Implementation of recommendations from the Performance and Accountability Office departmental assessment.

The Parks and Recreation Department strives to enhance the quality of life for all residents through various, well-maintained parks and natural beauty. Well-maintained parks help to increase the value of surrounding properties, promote health and wellness, clean the air and water, connect individuals of all generations and ethnic backgrounds, educate the community, and build and enhance a sense of community cohesion within our City.

Department Programs

Administration: Responsible for overseeing the budget, researching and developing policies, marketing and social media, managing the Parks, Art, Recreation, Culture, and Streetscapes (PARCS) Advisory Board, and special projects.

Maintenance & Development: Responsible for the planning, design and construction of new park facilities, renovation of existing park facilities, and managing Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects.

Recreation: Responsible for implementing a wide range of leisure classes to residents, managing the park ambassador program, and handling facility rentals.

Special Events: Responsible for creating, managing and delivering City hosted events and cultural activities.

Awards and Accolades

The Parks and Recreation Department has many awards and accolades from the past recent years. These include:

In 2019:

  • Received nine Kailiff Marketing Awards through the Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA) for the Special Events Division’s marketing and promotional efforts towards events including the International Arts Festival, Memorial Day Ceremony, and Food Truck Fridays.

In 2018:

  • Received five Kailiff Marketing Awards through TFEA for the Division’s marketing and promotional efforts on events such as Halloween Town and the Memorial Day Ceremony.
  • Received three Pinnacle Awards through International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), for promotional efforts for events including Memorial Day and Halloween Town.
  • Received three Parks and Natural Areas Awards through H-GAC (Houston-Galveston Area Council), including Winner in the Planning Process category for the 2018 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, Honorable Mention in Projects over $500,000 for Brazos River Park, and Special Recognition for On-The-Ground Projects over $500,000 for Mayfield Park.
  • Received the Project of the Year Award through the Houston Urban Forestry Council for the Annual Trees Across Sugar Land Volunteer Tree Planting Event.

In 2016:

  • Received one Parks and Natural Areas Award through H-GAC as Winner of Projects Under $500,000 for the Universally Accessible Playground at First Colony Park.
  • Named a ‘Tree City USA’ community from the Arbor Day Foundation for Department’s commitment to an extensive, healthy tree system (fifth consecutive year to receive award).