Quail Valley Parks Project Receives Houston Business Journal Recognition

The Houston Business Journal has presented Missouri City with its 2010 Landmark Award for “Community Impact” for the Quail Valley Parks Project, emphasizing the social, environmental and economic importance of the project to the City, Fort Bend County and the Houston area.

The award was announced on Tuesday, April 6 at the Journal’s 10th Annual Landmark Awards banquet, which honored winners in 16 categories for the functionality and beauty of their buildings and/or developments.

 
 

“The City’s goal to preserve this property and to maintain the original Quail Valley master plan – the first of its kind in Fort Bend County- was a community-wide project,” Mayor Allen Owen said.

Missouri City acquired the property for the parks project through eminent domain in June 2008 after long-time deterioration took a toll on the community and caused property values to decline.

A 100-person citizen committee had studied its purchase and recommended to City Council to move forward. Then 72 percent of voters from all areas of the City approved a $17.5 million bond referendum to provide funds for the acquisition and improvements. The Quail Valley Homeowners Association also contributed $150,000 to the project.

After acquiring the 390-acre property, the City immediately started working to make improvements, repairing several bridges that were considered safety hazards, mowing high grass and weeds, and replacing the irrigation systems on two 18-hole courses.

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On July 4, 2008, the City reopened the 18-hole La Quinta golf course to the public and the 18-hole El Dorado golf course, which was completely redeveloped, including drainage improvements, reopened in November 2009.

In addition to the two courses, plans are in the works for a passive park; the development of the First Tee program, a national initiative for youth; the design and construction of a golf shop and banquet facility, and a tennis and recreation center. 

The progress on the Quail Valley parks property has had a positive impact in property values because of the City’s improvements to the area and at the same time it has increased parks and recreation green space by 50 percent.

Seven judges reviewed the applications for the Landmark Awards program. “We are honored that experts in quality property preservation, property development and green building initiatives recognized the importance of this project and the positive impact it has had on our community,” Owen said. 

 

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