Sugar Land City Council assesses future of 4 municipal trails

Ditch H has three potential routes, two of which are shown here. The route will be finalized based on the results of routing study in the area. (Screenshot courtesy of City of Sugar Land)
Ditch H has three potential routes, two of which are shown here. The route will be finalized based on the results of routing study in the area. (Screenshot courtesy of City of Sugar Land)

Ditch H has three potential routes, two of which are shown here. The route will be finalized based on the results of routing study in the area. (Screenshot courtesy of City of Sugar Land)

Sugar Land City Council discussed the future of four different city trails at its Jan. 26 workshop. Funding recommendations and updates were provided for First Colony Trail, Ditch H Trail, Gannoway Lake Trail and New Territory Trail.

The remaining projects from the 2013 park bonds—the First Colony Trail and the Ditch H Trail—received approval for additional funding from Sugar Land City Council as part of the city’s fiscal year 2020 capital improvement program. In November 2020, voters approved the $38.4 million Fort Bend County parks bond, which included additional funding for both trails as well as funding for two additional trail projects: Gannoway Lake Trail and New Territory Trail.



At the workshop, Sugar Land City Council discussed the future of the two projects funded by the recently passed 2020 Fort Bend County parks bond—including the timeline, which will be determined by the completion date of the 2013 projects, and the need additional funding sources. At the same meeting, the council received updates regarding the remaining 2013 parks bond projects and discussed updates and recommendations for funding under the existing 2013 parks bond program, including recommended revisions to the trails' original scopes and updated routes.

The 2013 city of Sugar Land parks bond provided $31.5 million in funding for five projects: the Crown Festival Park—which is complete; the Brazos River park, which is in its second phase of development; the Imperial Connector Trail, which is complete; the First Colony Trail; and the Ditch H Trail, both of which received additional funding from the 2020 bond and are currently being designed.

By Laura Aebi

Editor, Katy and Sugar Land/Missouri City

Laura joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2020 after a few years in the public relations industry. Laura graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Originally from North Texas, Laura relocated to Houston after spending three years in Pacific Northwest. Previously, she interned with two radio stations in Central Texas and held the role of features editor at the San Marcos Daily Record. Laura writes about local government, development, transportation, education, real estate and small businesses in these communities.