Sugar Land, TX – Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) data-driven analysis of their “best cities” for parks is a big win for Sugar Land.
The city of Sugar Land landed one of the top scores in Texas in a national index of local park systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities.
The nonprofit ParkScore ranking rates city green spaces based on access, equity, amenities, acreage and investment.
TPL aims to help create parks and protect public land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. They work with communities across the country to ensure that everyone has a great park within a 10-minute walk of their home.
As of 2023, 83 percent of Sugar Land residents were within a 10 minute walk to a park. The data includes city parks, homeowner association parks and elementary school playgrounds.
Parks provide an important community need. They serve as destinations for people to gather, enhance neighborhoods’ sense of community and facilitate healthy lifestyles.
Sugar Land parks are also important destination venues that attract regional visitors and contribute to vibrant local businesses – providing important sales tax revenue that helps support one the state’s lowest tax rates while providing the high level of services citizens expect.
The ParkScore ranking cited investments and amenities for Sugar Land’s success. Recent offerings include a new pump track at The Crown Festival Park; the completion of Brazos River Park Phase III, which included a new pavilion, a playground and the Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park; enhancements at Cullinan Park; and more.
The amenities are part of the city’s 27 parks, which encompass 1,174 acres of developed parkland and more than 35 miles of trails, as well as the Imperial Park Recreation Center, T.E. Harman Center, Municipal Pool at City Park and many additional city facilities.
“The TPL ParkScore includes a helpful mapping tool that allows us to easily determine what areas lack convenient walkability to parks or trails from homes and offices,” said Director of the Parks and Recreation Joe Chesser. “This highlights where we need to focus efforts for future parks or greenspace acquisition. We would love to have 100 percent of the Sugar Land community within a 10 minute walk to a park.”
To learn more about Sugar Land parks, visit www.SugarLandTX.gov/Parks. For other updates, follow Sugar Land Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @SugarLandParks.