Lack of communication and notification of
residents of major changes as a result of FCCA Amenities Master
Master Plan Cost: Total cost over $11
million, Phase 1 cost over $5million, cost per pool to be demolished is
Plan for Edgewater Par renovation to include spray park,
pavilion and parking lot at a cost of $870,000 (approximately 10% of the cost
goes to the design firm) the park at Edgewater will be too costly and will be
invasive for the residents. A park of the caliber proposed should not reside
within a quiet, residential neighborhood but rather at a larger public
Park renovations carry concerns with design, noise,
safety, traffic and environmental issues.
First pools to close and be eliminated after Aquatic
Center Renovation are completed (2011) will be Austin Park, Creekshire and Alcorn
Oaks. The Mater Plan calls for 3 pool and plus the competition pool to remain
all other pool sites are to be closed. Plan for use of the closed site are
After EdgewaterPark and the AquaticCenter spry parks are completed the CrescentLakes renovation plan will begin which
include a spray park.
SURE TO CALL FCCA IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS –
Edgewater residents “discover” the FCCA has been working on a “Master
Plan” to significantly change our parks and recreation areas. Our first
concern was about a significant -- and what we consider to be a too
costly, radical and inharmonious -- change to our local park. FCCA
plans to change the existing peaceful and natural park into a
theme-park-style water attraction and obtrusive and noise-collecting
pavilion. Our concern has now broadened to the entire FCCA community
since learning about the Master Plan.
We met with City of Sugar
Land District Three Councilman Russell Jones and with FCCA Executive
Director Sherrie Knoepfel to express our concerns and to get answers to
our many questions regarding the Lakes of Edgewater Park.
for the Lakes of Edgewater Water Spray Park, FCCA spent $87,000 for the
(unfinished) design plans, and has budgeted $870,000 for the
construction. FCCA does not have figures on the additional annual
maintenance costs for upkeep of this new park. The upkeep costs alone
will almost certainly be more than what is spent to maintain the
existing natural park.
The natural park, which has been here for
over a decade, is a much-enjoyed, safe and relaxing place for local
families. The style of the water park, situated practically in the front
and back yards of existing homes, will be radically different. It will
add much traffic as well as more crime and safety problems.
will remove beautiful, mature pecan trees in order to put in a parking
lot. The new water park will be unsupervised. The splash pad portion
will be within a few feet of the edge of the lake, much closer than the
existing playground equipment. Many parents here feel that this is
dangerous for children and constitutes an attractive nuisance.
PLANS FOR OTHER PARKS -- According to
FCCA’s 10 Year Master Plan, ALL but three pools in First Colony will be
closed. The first three to be closed in 2011 are Alcorn Oaks, Austin
Park and Creekshire. FCCA is undecided about what to do with the
properties after demolition and removal of the existing pools.
Demolition costs will be about $50,000 for each pool site.
will be enlarging the current Aquatic Center area to include a nicer
spray park, slides and other water and park amenities. Unlike the
Edgewater Park, the Aquatic Center park area will be enclosed and will
require pool tag access. Because of this large addition, we do not see
the need to add any other spray parks in our area.
people – with an average age of 52 and with an average of one child per
household -- responded to a survey undertaken in 2009. Of these
respondents, only 22% (114 people) had expressed any interest in a water
spray park. These 114 people represent only about 1% of the total
households in First Colony. 70% of those surveyed said they would like
more hiking and biking trails. 85% said they enjoyed walking, 58%
biking, and 52% Swimming. The results of the survey can be found on the
FCCA website, www.firstcolony.org,
under “Membership Survey.”
CHANCE TO VOICE YOUR CONCERNS -- FCCA has made it clear to us in
word and manner that they nor our neighborhood representatives are under
any obligation to inform residents of FCCA plans before they design or
approve them. Jones and Knoepfel said that if residents did not vote
then we should not complain. So PLEASE make sure you put in your vote
by signing the petition. Please include your phone number and email so
that we may keep you informed.
attend the next FCCA board meeting, tentatively scheduled for May 27th,
at 3:00 pm at the FCCA building on Austin Parkway. THIS DATE MAY
CHANGE, so make sure that we have your name and email on the petition so
that we can inform you of any changes.