In an effort to preserve and magnify the existing natural resources, Fort Bend County recently created a Parks and Recreation Department and is also developing a Parks Master Plan. The department's focus is to enhance the quality of life for its citizens by protecting and conserving natural woodlands and waterways, developing recreational sports facilities, and networking of park and recreation facilities with walking and biking trails.
In the master-planned areas alone, there are currently 320 acres of lakes, over 600 acres of parks and 12 golf courses that offer families an enjoyable, relaxing lifestyle.
Brazos Bend State Park
Brazos Bend Park is a 4,897-acre park owned and operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a self-sufficient entrepreneurial unit. The park provides nature trails, camping, pavilions and picnic areas, as well as being the site of the George Observatory. The park is located between Highway 762 and the Brazos River.
Kitty Hollow Park is a 190-acre park on the east side of the county adjacent to State Highway 6. The facilities include four shelters, picnic tables, a four-acre lake with observation deck and fishing piers, benches, trails, and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, softball and soccer fields, and restrooms. The park has three play areas, one of which is fully ADA accessible.
Recently opened is the Bates M. Allen Park, a 236-acre park south of Kendleton on Charlie Roberts Road. This facility has covered shelters, walking trails, a three-acre lake, restrooms, play area, a volley ball court, observation decks, fishing pier, canoe ramp to the San Bernard River, and benches and tables throughout the park.
City of Meadows Place - Existing parkland in the City of Meadows Place is comprised of 20 acres of land located in five different areas of the city. Year round, outdoor programs include baseball, soccer and swim team. The Parks and Recreation Department coordinates special events throughout the year which include Christmas Memories in the Park, a Fourth of July Parade, Splash Day, Halloween carnival and golf tournament.
The largest of the community parks consists of eight acres with picnic tables, a jogging trail, soccer fields, a sand volleyball pit, outdoor exercise equipment and a field house with a concession stand and restrooms.
City of Missouri City - Missouri City has one of the largest and most extensive park systems in Fort Bend County. Three-time Gold Medal Award winner, Missouri City’s Parks and Recreation Department has been recognized by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management. It is the highest honor given to a Parks and Recreation Department in the State. Gold Medal Cities are only eligible to receive the award every three years.
Currently Missouri City has 782.49 acres of park land with 33 parks ranging in size from less than an acre to 200 acres. These parks offer a wide range of facilities and activities from picnicking, fishing and boating to jogging, softball and disc golf.
The recreation division regularly coordinates monthly, special and other events—the Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance, Spring Clean-Up, Easter Festival, Punt, Pass & Kick, Triathlons, Fun Runs and Health Fairs. Other recreational activities include canoe trips down the Brazos River and senior and teen dances held throughout the year in addition to a whole host of other leisure activities. The larger most noteworthy events in Missouri City include SNOWFEST and the 4th of July Festival.
For Parks and Recreation in Missouri City over $15.5 million was approved by voters in a bond referendum in 2003. Capital improvement projects currently underway or planned include a 54-mile trail system, two 200 acre regional parks, Brazos River Corridor development, beautification projects, community center expansion and general park improvements.
City of Rosenberg - The City of Rosenberg announces the opening of Seabourne Creek Park, a 164-acre development located off State Highway 36 across from the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. The park has been created with a four-and-a-half-acre lake that has been stocked with channel cat, black bass and blue gill. A nine-acre wetland basin was created with islands and a connecting boardwalk for visitors to the park. It offers two miles of walking, nature trails and one mile of jogging and bicycle trails, along with ample parking and restrooms. Families may enjoy bird watching, fishing, walking and picnicking.
On over six acres fronting Highway 36, the City has constructed a new 20,000 square-foot Civic and Convention Center, contiguous to the park. With the Center and the Park located in the same area, the site offers major indoor and outdoor recreational activities.
City of Stafford - The City of Stafford has five parks within its city limits for a total of 35 acres of parkland. The parks offer a wide range of facilities such as a basketball pavilion, jogging trails, baseball fields, gazebo, playground equipment and picnic areas.
There are also three new parks under construction: Rubin Park, The Vaccaro Manor Park and The Gorden Fountain Lake Park located on Fountain Lakes Drive. The Parks Committee is continuing its work on the plans for the development of these sites and to add additional improvements in the future.
City of Sugar Land - The City of Sugar Land has numerous park and recreation facilities ranging from quaint neighborhood parks to large athletic complexes. Hike and bike trails, greenbelts and aquatic centers complement the variety of facilities. Projects recently completed include Oyster Creek Trail and Park; a trail and water feature project near Lost Creek Park along Oyster Creek, and the third phase of development at the 42-acre Eldridge Park, including a picnic pavilion, community meeting room and playground. The City also has three community centers, which host a large recreation program and private rental events.