Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Update
The purpose of the Rosenberg Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Update was to determine the community’s current and future needs for improving its existing parks and providing adequate areas and facilities to meet its short- and long-term needs. This master plan formed the policy direction of the City pertaining to the timing of park development, their placement within the City and its planning area, the type and quality of facilities, and the method by which enhancements and improvements are funded. It guided the City’s planning efforts for developing a “first class” public parks and recreation system, while also directing private contributions to the system through provision of active recreation areas and passive open space to meet the requisite needs of new development. The plan addressed the availability, quality, type, size, and location of leisure and recreation opportunities to meet the needs of Rosenberg’s residents and visitors.
A significant outcome of this process was the development of a park land dedication ordinance. This was particularly important for the community since they were in the path of development in Fort Bend County, much of which was occurring in their two-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction. The ordinance allowed the City to accept a dedication of land, a fee in lieu of land, or private park development. A point system allowed certain improvements to receive credit toward the required dedication or fee.
Seabourne Creek Park is a 240-acre park designed as a stormwater collection facility. Currently, the park is improved with passive facilities such as a fishing lake and walking trails. Through the master planning process, a master development plan (shown above) was created for the park including enhancements such as an interpretive center, bird habitat and viewing areas, an athletic complex with competitive ball fields and an indoor recreation center, an activity lake with paddle boats, an amphitheater for community celebrations, and a greatly expanded network of trails.