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New Edition of Pearland in Motion Now Available

ShowImagePearland in Motion is produced three times a year and is an excellent resource for all members of our community who want to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information important to Pearland residents. The newsletter is your complete guide to City of Pearland programs, services and recreational activities. Advertise your business in the next issue.

Copies of Pearland in Motion can be found at the following locations:
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau (11200 Broadway, Suite 1390)
  • City Hall (3519 Liberty Drive)
  • Pearland Chamber of Commerce (6117 Broadway)
  • Pearland Community Center (3523 Liberty Drive)
  • Pearland Economic Development Corporation (1200 Pearland Parkway – Suite 200)
  • Pearland Library (3522 Liberty Drive)
  • Public Safety Building (2555 Cullen Pkwy.)
  • Recreation Center and Natatorium (4141 Bailey Road)
  • Keep Pearland Beautiful (3523 Liberty Drive)
  • Melvin Knapp Activity Center (2424 South Park Avenue)
  • Westside Event Center (2150 Country Place Parkway)
  • Westside Library (2803 Business Center Drive, Suite 101)
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Pearland in Motion – Summer 2016

The Rec Report: January, 2015

In this issue of the Rec Report, we shine a light on an upcoming event where you can see snow in Pearland, share information on membership specials and inform you of upcoming camps and clinics. Don’t forget, you can keep your family connected by visiting us on any of our social media channels.
There’s snow place like Winterfest

Come out to the 20th annual City of Pearland Winterfest scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road. You will not want to miss this fun-filled day of playing in the snow, carnival rides, food and games. Winterfest features snow tubing in the H-E-B Winter Zone, live entertainment on the UHCL-Pearland Entertainment Stage and pony rides and a petting zoo sponsored by Westside Veterinary Hospital.
Pre-sale tickets are on sale at the Recreation Center through Jan. 29. Admission for adults is $4 and children, ages 3 – 16, are $10. Donate a canned good to receive a $2 discount (maximum one discount per ticket). There will not be any discounts the day of the event. For more information, visit pearlandtx.gov/winterfest.  
It’s time for the 6th annual Winter Dash

Support the Dawson High School Eagle Band and Catalyst Color Guard by participating in the 2016 Winter Dash on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Turner College and Career High School located at 4717 Bailey Road. Registered participants will receive a ticket to the City of Pearland Winterfest.
The races will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 1-mile family fun run followed by the 5K beginning at 9 a.m. Register online or visit pearlandparks.com for more information.
Register your child for the Spring Break day camp

You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy camp style fun. Register children ages 6 to 12 for the Spring Break Adventure Camp. Camp is Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road.
In true camp fashion, the Parks & Recreation Department will pack the day with exciting activities and games. Participants will need to pack a lunch and two snacks. Camp leaders provide the fun in a safe and secure environment.
Fathers and daughters are invited to a magical night out

Bring your princess to Daddy Daughter Date Night on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pearland Junior High South, 4719 Bailey Road.
Themed “Gowns, Crowns, & Castles Too,” the memorable evening includes dessert, dancing and fun. Advance registration is required online at pearlandparks.com by Feb. 25. Space is limited.
New year, new you promotion

Be sure to take advantage of our New Year membership promotion at the Recreation Center & Natatorium. During the month of January, when you register for or renew an existing annual membership, you’ll receive a 13th month for free.

Not ready to make the commitment? Try our “Lucky 7” where you register for a 6-month membership and receive the 7th month for free. Additionally, during this promotional period, our joining fee will be waived, making it a perfect time to start your new fitness plan. Learn about membership at pearlandparks.com.

Houston Rockets President’s Day clinic

Sign up for the one-day clinic designed to improve the skill level of any youth basketball player. On President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., students will receive instruction in dribbling, shooting, passing, blocking and defense, while learning lessons such as good sportsmanship and team concepts.
Register online at tnbabasketball.com or call 216.378.0932 for more information.
Recreation Center & Natatorium Closure Notice

The Recreation Center & Natatorium will be closed Saturday, Jan. 30 while the facility hosts Winterfest.
Members can pick up complimentary passes to the event, however, tickets must be picked up by Friday, Jan. 29. Please note that you will only receive passes for the number of members on your account. For information, please call 281.412.8900.

Parks & Rec Promotion Begins Jan. 1

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Want to work off those extra holiday pounds? Consider joining the Recreation Center & Natatorium during the month of January.

Pearland Parks & Recreation’s “New Year, New You” membership promotion begins Jan. 1, 2016. Register or renew an annual membership throughout the month and you’ll receive a 13th month for FREE.

The facility joining fee is waived during the promotional period, which makes this a perfect time to start your new fitness plan!

Visit pearlandtx.gov/membership for information.

City Council approves nature trail funding

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Pearland City Council approved a $458,072 contract for the construction of a recreational trail at the John Hargrove Environmental Complex located at 5800 Magnolia Road. The contract was awarded to Excel Paving, LLP of Seabrook, Texas, which submitted the lowest project bid and came with satisfactory recommendations in the construction of similar nature trails.

The 8-feet wide John Hargrove Nature Trails are designed to include decomposed granite and loop around the existing detention ponds. The project begins the site improvements and educational outdoor infrastructure that the City plans to develop at the John Hargrove Environmental Complex. Future site plans include building the 7,000-square-foot Delores Fenwick Nature Center, a boardwalk and wildlife observation structure.

The project is made possible by a sub grantee agreement between Brazoria County and the City, which secured $463,350 of federal funds from a $3.8 million Coastal Impact Assistance Program grant approved for Brazoria County. The federal program, administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, aims to improve public access and enjoyment of coastal natural environments. As a sub recipient of the grant, Brazoria County will reimburse the City for project expenditures. The nature trail is expected to be completed is February 2016.

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Trick or Treat Trail Information

The City of Pearland invites residents to the 13th Annual Trick or Treat Trail scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pearland Recreation Center and Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road. Trick or Treat Trail is a free event that aims to provide the community with a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating.

During the event, local businesses and organizations will create a “trail” around the football fields behind the Recreation Center to pass out candy and other goodies to Pearland trick-or-treaters.

The event includes inflatables, a DJ, games, laser tag, strolling entertainment and food vendors selling hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and more. A costume contest for children, ages 12 and under, will begin at 6 p.m. on the Westside Veterinary Hospital Entertainment Stage. In addition, the Pearland Fire Department will have stations geared towards teen driving safety. For more information, visit pearlandparks.com.

Veterans Day Walk Nov. 7

12132402_10156122340690313_8076439096714163490_oJoin the City of Pearland by honoring those who have served. Back from the battlefield, but for many the battles continue on the inside as the veterans & their families face PTSD, depression and other challenges. The Veterans Day Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road.

Proceeds benefit the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Pearland VFW Post 7109, Counseling Connections for Change and Hike for Mental Health . Advance registration is encouraged. Visit pearlandwalk.org for more information.

Pearland’s new $7.9M sports park takes the field

(Kristi Nix) Councilmembers Derrick Reed (left), Gary Moore (center) and Keith Ordeneaux (right).

(Kristi Nix)
Councilmembers Derrick Reed (left), Gary Moore (center) and Keith Ordeneaux (right).

Moments after Pearland city leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, soccer and lacrosse league players rushed onto the fields to celebrate the long-anticipated opening of the new Hickory Slough [pronounced HICK-ory Sl-OOH] Sportsplex Saturday (Oct. 3).

“It’s been a long wait but I’m very excited that children and adults now have a place to play soccer both day and night,” Brian Talbot, President of the Pearland United Youth Soccer Club said.

Funded as part of a bond proposal approved by voters in 2007,the new sportsplex features six multipurpose sports fields (three of which are fully-lighted), a concession stand, restrooms, a large shade canopy and parking for up to 400 vehicles.

“In addition to regular practices, we hope to host soccer tournaments here in the future,” Talbot said. “We’re also happy the fields will be available for the lacrosse teams to practice and have scrimmages. Lacrosse is an emerging sport in this area and the Pearland league is growing quickly.”

Ron Dunklee, President of the Pearland Youth Lacrosse League, said the fields were a big step forward for the city’s youth sports teams in general.

“I’m thrilled our teams now have access to professional-level lighted fields,” Dunklee said. “We’ve been holding practices on a small lot near Turner High School for several years. This is a huge step up for our teams and we appreciate the investment city leaders have made in Pearland’s student athletes.”

Design and construction costs for the sportsplex project totaled approximately $7.9 million, which included a detention pond and a road extension.

MHI Partnership, a private land developer, contributed $600,000 for the extension of Hughes Ranch Road between Max Road and Stone Road and donated adjacent land for a water detention facility. In addition, the Brazoria County Drainage District #4 provided $2 million to help co-fund the cost of the detention pond facility, which will also provide detention for nearby subdivisions. And, the Pearland Economic Development Corporation provided another $700,000 toward the project after rising construction costs created a funding shortfall.

“When voters approved the bond in 2007, the cost of construction was a lot less expensive” Mayor Tom Reid said. “The council was challenged to find funding for this project. But with staff support we were able to create a plan and find a way to make it happen.

“This sportsplex is one of those quality of life issues we often talk about and I know the people of Pearland will enjoy this park for many years to come,” Reid said.

The Hickory Slough Sportsplex is located at 7600 Hughes Ranch Road.

Photos: Pearland’s Hickory Slough Sportsplex Grand Opening

Kristi Nix One-year-old Parker Cathus honed her soccer skills on the sidelines during her big sister’s game.

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One-year-old Parker Cathus honed her soccer skills on the sidelines during her big sister’s game.

Pearland city leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Hickory Slough Sportsplex located at 7600 Hughes Ranch Rd. Saturday (Oct. 3). Mayor Tom Reid, City Councilmembers Keith Ordeneaux, Derrick Reed and Gary Moore, City Manager Clay Pearson, Assistant City Manager Jon Branson, Project Manager Andrea Brinkley, Brazoria County Constable Buck Stevens and Pearland Parks and Recreation Board Members Marjorie Wilcoxson and Ted Mittica and Brian Talbot, president of the United Pearland Youth Soccer League were among the many VIPs guests.

Afterward, soccer players from the Pearland United Youth Soccer Club and a group of lacrosse players from the Pearland Youth Lacrosse League held free clinics and held demonstrations on the new fields. Here are a few of our favorite pictures from the event.

Photos: Pearland’s Hickory Slough Sportsplex Grand Opening

Kristi Nix One-year-old Parker Cathus honed her soccer skills on the sidelines during her big sister’s game.

Kristi Nix
One-year-old Parker Cathus honed her soccer skills on the sidelines during her big sister’s game.

Pearland city leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Hickory Slough Sportsplex located at 7600 Hughes Ranch Rd. Saturday (Oct. 3). Mayor Tom Reid, City Councilmembers Keith Ordeneaux, Derrick Reed and Gary Moore, City Manager Clay Pearson, Assistant City Manager Jon Branson, Project Manager Andrea Brinkley, Brazoria County Constable Buck Stevens and Pearland Parks and Recreation Board Members Marjorie Wilcoxson and Ted Mittica and Brian Talbot, president of the United Pearland Youth Soccer League were among the many VIPs guests.

Afterward, soccer players from the Pearland United Youth Soccer Club and a group of lacrosse players from the Pearland Youth Lacrosse League held free clinics and held demonstrations on the new fields. Here are a few of our favorite pictures from the event.

The Rec Report: October, 2015

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In this issue of the Rec Report, find out about fall activities in Pearland, including Trick or Treat Trail, Kid Fish Fest and Bricks 4 Kidz. Don’t forget, you can keep your family connected by visiting us on any of our social media channels.

Dress up in your best costume and join us on the trail

ToTTCalling all ghosts and goblins! Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to the 13th Annual Trick or Treat Trail scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Recreation Center & Natatorium, 4141 Bailey Road. Local businesses and organizations will line the “trail” to hand out candy and goodies. The free event offers safe trick-or-treating, entertainment, games, laser tag and inflatables. There will also be a costume contest for children 12 and under beginning at 6 p.m. Visit pearlandtx.gov/TOTTrail for more details. 

Get caught fishin’ at Kid Fish Fest

KidThe City of Pearland has partnered with Bass Pro Shops to host Kid Fish Fest, an outreach program designed to educate and provide hands-on fishing experiences. The event is Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1000 Basspro Drive.

Kids ages 3 to 16, will learn about fishing, conservation and respect for the environment. The pond will be stocked with plenty of fish and poles will be provided while supplies last. Learn more at pearlandparks.com

Get into gear with Bricks for Kidz

BricksDid you know that the Parks & Recreation Department offers classes for students to experience hands-on engineering fundamentals as they build motorized models with LEGO Bricks? Bricks 4 Kidz introduces children ages 3 to 13, to engineering, architecture and scientific principles while allowing their imagination and creativity to soar. Courses are offered on Mondays at the Westside Event Center located at 2150 Countryplace Parkway, or on Tuesdays at the Recreation Center at 4141 Bailey Road. Register at pearlandparks.com or call 281.412.8900 for more details.  

Membership has its benefits – Join Today

RecCtrThe Recreation Center and Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road, offers membership types for all ages. From the weight room to the Kidz Korner, the indoor track to the yoga room, the modern facility has something for the entire family. Fitness enthusiasts can choose from a variety of group exercise classes, water aerobics, cardio training and more. The facility features a two-court gymnasium, two racquetball courts, an indoor track, warm-up pool and a 50-meter competition pool. 

Memberships are available for purchase at the Main Office. Call 281.412.8900 or email parkshelpdesk@pearlandtx.gov for more information.

You are invited to the Community Garage Sale

GSCome out to the 6th Annual 100 Club of Pearland Community Garage Sale on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PISD Administration Building located at 1928 North Main. Booth space, 15′ x 15′, is still available for $30 per space. Call 281.485.2289 for more information. 

Veterans Day Walk benefits veterans and their families

VDJoin us in honoring those who have served. Back from the battlefield, but for many the battles continue on the inside as the veterans & their families face PTSD, depression and other challenges. The Veterans Day Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road. 

Proceeds benefit the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Pearland VFW Post 7109, Counseling Connections for Change and HIKE for Mental Health. Advance registration is encouraged. Visit pearlandwalk.org for more information.