Parks in both Pearland and Alvin have been presented awards by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) in their 2016 Parks and Natural Areas Award competition.
On Jan. 17, the H-GAC Board of Directors recognized the award winners during their regular board meeting and at a reception following.
The winning projects serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region.
Projects were recognized in four categories: Policy Tools, Planning Process, On the Ground Projects over $500,00, and On the Ground Projects under $500,000.
Independence Park in Pearland received an Honorable Mention award in the Planning Process category.
Independence Park Phase 1, a project by the City of Pearland, was recognized by H-GAC for its redesign of an 84-acre park. This included a boulevard entrance, a lake expansion, a world-class dog park and a large amphitheater and stage.
The Nature Observation Area at National Oak Park, a project by the City of Alvin, received Honorable Mention award in the Planning Process category. H-GAC found this area of the park engages residents in active local wildlife observation through onsite education about the wildlife and the ecosystem which sustains it.
Since 2006, the Parks and Natural Areas subcommittee, an extension of H-GAC’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee, has recognized creative and innovative park and natural area projects that implement best management practices in planning, policy, and development.
For information about H-GAC’s Parks and Natural Areas planning program, contact Cheryl Mergo at 713-993-4520 or [email protected]
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (www.h-gac.com) is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region-an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 6 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs.
Story by Karolyn Gephart