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Pearland Connect – April 2016

Pearland Connect is the communications vehicle that the City of Pearland is using to keep you informed. We do our best to provide you with the information you want and need and we want to hear from you. We welcome your input via email.

Come take a walk on the City’s new Nature Trail

trailThe John Hargrove Environmental Complex trail located at 5800 Magnolia Road is now open. The grant-funded project includes a 1.7-mile recreational nature trail, sidewalk connections, trailhead signage and nine additional parking spaces at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center.

Project construction began in December 2015 with trail subgrade preparation and drainage designed to ensure the trail is stable and sustainable for many years.

For more information, log on to pearlandtx.gov.

Old Town Site “Quiet Zone” in effect

Old Town Site may be quieter than you remember as Quiet Zones are now in effect. The Quiet Zone, established by the Federal Railroad Administration, states that locomotive horns are not required within highway-rail grade crossings equipped with Supplemental Safety Measures or Alternative Safety Measures or crossings that have a Quiet Zone Risk Index at or below the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold. Read more on Quiet Zones on the City’s website.

Safe Exchange Zone initiative aims to keep residents safe 

xchangeThe City of Pearland is now offering a secure location for Pearland residents to help ensure and enhance their safety and to minimize the opportunity for an encounter to go wrong for internet-based purchases from websites such as Craigslist and eBay.

This initiative attempts to address safety and awareness concerns. Visit the Police Department webpage to read more.

Delores Fenwick Nature Center design moves forward

fenwickDesign will soon be underway for the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, an educational facility coming to the John Hargrove Environmental Center. 

The complex, located at 5800 Magnolia, houses the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, John Hargrove Environmental Center and the newly completed nature trail system. Read more on the the facility.

Do your part to help reduce pollutants

The City’s Stormwater Management Plan deals with ways to improve its surface water quality through the use of various Best Management Practices. 

Residents can help to reduce chemical, biological and physical pollutants from the ground and storm sewer system by employing the practices used by the City.

Learn how you can help at pearlandtx.gov/stormwater.

Concerts in the Park Kicks Off May 6

Pearland Concerts in the Park rock Southdown Park every Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. during the months of May and June. Visitors enjoy live music with a variety of genres featured each week.

The free family event is held at Southdown Park, 2150 Countryplace Parkway, conveniently located off Texas Highway 288. Food vendors will be on-site selling delicious menu items for kids of all ages. Young kids will find plenty to do with the Splash pad and playground.

Visitors can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets then sit back, relax and enjoy the live concerts. Featured acts include:

  • May 6 – Hamilton Loomis | Blues
  • May 13 – The Fab 5 – Beatles | 1960s
  • May 20 – Amber & the Old Rascals | Oldies & Motown
  • May 27 – Kelly McGuire | Tropical
  • June 3 – City Nights Band | Variety
  • June 10 – Mango Punch | Latin
  • June 17 – Big Joe Walker | Country
  • June 24 – Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws | Zydeco

For more information visit – www.pearlandparks.com or call 281-412-8900.

Paws in the Park scheduled for April 2-3

resize-paws-in-the-parkCity of Pearland Parks & Recreation is gearing up for the  22nd annual  Paws in the Park. We will  kick things off on Saturday  morning with the  H-E-B  Pet & Owner Fun  Run followed  by the national Dock  Diving  competition.

Date:  Saturday and Sunday, April 2 – 3, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. –  4 p.m.
Location: Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway, Pearland, Texas
Ages: All ages
Cost: FREE Admission, FREE on-site parking

About the Event:

Come prepared to enjoy this weekend full of activities and entertainment with your furry friend.

H-E-B Pet & Owner Fun Run

Each year this event begins with a Fun Run and this year’s races are 1K, 3K, and 5K. Compete with or without your four-legged friends! We will kick off the event with the HEB Pet & Owner Fun Run on Saturday April 2. Register online beginning Dec. 1st at Active.com. (Note: Clicking button will deliver you to our third-party registration site.) Applications are also available in the Pearland Parks & Recreation Office, located at 4141 Bailey Rd., Pearland, Texas 77584 during normal business hours.


  • Dock Diving
  • US Dog Disk Nationals
  • Demonstrations
  • Pet Contests


A variety of pet related businesses will be present under the Westside Veterinary Hospital exhibitor pavilion. We will also have a variety of food vendors on site selling tasty treats.  Vendor/Sponsor Application


Parking is available throughout the outdoor mall venue. Event parking is free.

Event Information:

For health and safety reasons, pets must remain on harness throughout the event.

For more information, please call 281.412.8907 or email nbowen@pearlandtx.gov.

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. Click here to find out how to 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)
Current Edition:

Pearland in Motion – Winter Spring 2016


Winterfest Jan. 30

Date: Saturday, January 30
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Recreation Center and Natatorium, 4141 Bailey Rd.
Admission: $10 Child 3-16 years/$4 Adult 16 years+/ Children 2 and under are free

About The Event:

Come for a fun filled day of playing in the snow, rides, great food and more!
Tickets: Tickets will be on sale at the Recreation Center and Natatorium beginning Dec. 1 through Jan. 29. Bring a canned good, benefiting the Pearland Neighborhood Center, to receive a $2 discount on pre-sale tickets (maximum one discount per ticket). There will not be any discounts the day of the event.


Parking is located at Turner High School and a free shuttle will run to and from the event throughout the day. Event parking is free.


  • Snow tubing hills and snow play areas in the HEB Plus! Winter Zone
  • Live entertainment on the UCHL- Pearland Entertainment Stage
  • Petting zoo and pony rides sponsored by Westside Veterinary hospital
  • Inflatables
  • The Crocodile Encounter
  • Performances by Kid’s Backporch Productions

Food Vendors:

We will have food vendors selling tasty treats and beverages.

Craft and Novelty Vendors:

We will have many vendors on site selling a variety of craft and novelty items.


If you are interested in volunteering for this event, you can contact Pat Wiley at 281.412.8903 or pwiley@pearlandtx.gov.

Event Information:

  • For health and safety reasons, pets are not allowed at this event with the exception of service animals.
  • Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.
  • Register for the Winter Dash – 5k fun run benefitting the Dawson High School Eagle Band and Catalyst Color Guard.

First Aid:

If you need first aid care, you can go to our First Choice Emergency First Aid Tent. We will also have a Pearland EMS patrolling the event to assist with first aid.

Novelty Vendor Application
Food Vendor Application

For more information, please call 281.412.8907 or email nbowen@pearlandtx.gov.

Pearland Connect: December 2015

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Pearland Connect is the communications vehicle that the City of Pearland is using to keep you informed. We do our best to provide you with the information you want and need and we want to hear from you. We welcome your input via email.

2016 Calendar and Annual Report coming to your mailbox

Look for the 2016 Calendar & Annual Report in your mailbox. The Calendar & Annual Report is being mailed to individuals in the Pearland City limits during the month of December.

The calendar features: 2015 accomplishments, information relating to the City’s financial standing and City-related meetings and special events. Click here for more information.

City continues its effort to improve mobility in the City

As part of the City’s ongoing effort to improve mobility in the City of Pearland and to ease traffic congestion, the Traffic Operations Division adjusted the traffic light lengths along FM 518, from Kirby to Sunrise in order to better handle the holiday traffic.

Additional adjustments have also been made to the signals on Cullen Parkway, from FM 518 to Brookside in order to better handle the morning and school traffic. These changes are part of a mobility effort that began earlier this year with the City’s “Don’t Block the Box” campaign.

Recycling Center Operations transition to KPB

Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) will soon assume operations of the Stella Roberts Recycling Center. The change, slated to begin Jan. 1, 2016 is occurring through a joint agreement with the City of Pearland and KPB.

Over the years, Keep Pearland Beautiful has played a vital role in educating and increasing participation in the city’s recycling program and now will play an even more critical role in ensuring Pearland residents recycle. Click here for more information.

Pearland City Council approves new Parks Master Plan

Pearland has new written guidelines for planning proposed park & recreation changes during the next 5 years after City Council approved an updated Parks Master Plan.

The Parks and Recreation Department completed the new long-range planning document after an 11-month comprehensive process aimed at shaping the direction, development and delivery of parks and recreation services in the City. Click here to learn more.

Attend the Toys for Tots basketball game and toy drive

Support a great cause and watch some basketball at the Annual Pearland Toys for Tots “Guns and Hoses” basketball game and toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Pearland Recreation Center, 4141 Bailey Road.

The charity basketball game will feature the Pearland Police Department taking on the Pearland Fire Department. Please bring one new, unwrapped toy to gain admission. Click here for more information.

The Rec Report: December 2015

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In this issue of the Rec Report, read about Pearland’s Hometown Christmas festivities, find out how you can help Parks & Recreation and learn about a special offer for personal training. Don’t forget, you can keep your family connected by visiting us on any of our social media channels.
Tree lighting ceremony marks the start of the holiday season

Pearland Hometown Christmas begins with the City’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Pearland Town Center located at 11200 Broadway.

The event includes UHCL – Pearland horse and carriage rides, live music from Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production on the Westside Veterinary Hospital Entertainment Stage, the H-E-B Winter Wonderland for children, and a visit from the jolly old elf himself…Santa. Visit pearlandparks.com for information. 

Have a “Candy-Coated” Christmas
Themed “Candy-Coated Christmas,” the City of Pearland Lighted Parade is a holiday tradition that gets bigger, brighter and better each year. Get your family together, find a comfortable spot along the route and enjoy one of Pearland’s best shows.
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and begins at Old Alvin Road and traveling east to Pearland Parkway.
Parks & Recreation board seeks new member
The Parks, Recreation & Beautification Board is currently seeking a new board member. Applicants must be a resident of Pearland and possess a passion for helping the community. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 8:15 a.m. The one-year term ends on Nov. 1, 2016 and the position remains open until filled. Apply at pearlandtx.gov/parksboard.
Winter/Spring program registration begins Dec. 14
The Winter/Spring Pearland in Motion is now available online and at a facility near you. The resource is your complete guide to City of Pearland programs, services and recreational activities. Winter and Spring registration begins Monday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 a.m. Register at pearlandparks.com.
Save on personal training and meal plan programs

Method Evolution, the official personal training partner of the City of Pearland, is offering a 30 percent discount on any personal training, nutrition and meal planning programs when you donate a new, unwrapped toy, benefitting Toys for Tots.

To receive this special offer, bring donations to the Recreation Center located at 4141 Bailey Road on or before Thursday, Dec. 17. Donate a toy valued at $10 or more and you will be entered into a drawing to win a 3-month Recreation Center membership. For more information, call 281.412.8900.
Mark your calendar for 2016 Winterfest
Come for a fun filled day of playing in the snow, rides, great food and more! The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road.
Tickets go on sale at the Recreation Center beginning Dec. 1 continuing through Jan. 29. Bring a canned good, benefiting the Pearland Neighborhood Center, to receive a $2 discount on pre-sale tickets (maximum one discount per ticket).There will not be any discounts the day of the event. For more information, visit pearlandparks.com.

Pearland honored by Scenic Texas


Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 3.45.03 PMTwenty Texas municipalities were honored by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas Thursday, September 24, 2015 at The Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, in conjunction with the Texas Municipal League’s Annual Conference. In July, these cities were notified of their certification status within in the Scenic City Program. City officials and business leaders were in attendance at the event, with remarks by Scenic Texas Executive Vice President Anne Culver.

The Scenic City Certification Program is the first of its kind in the United States to incorporate a comprehensive set of model standards for design and development of public roadways and public spaces into a cohesive assessment program. Cities apply to the program for a rigorous evaluation and scoring of existing municipal standards against the model. Those with the highest evaluation scores earn certification. Cities that qualify earn a five-year certification.

The Scenic City Advisory Council includes representatives from Texas Municipal League, Urban Land Institute – Austin, Urban Land Institute – Houston, American Planning Association-Texas Chapter, Houston-Galveston Area Council, American Council of Engineering Companies Houston, Keep Texas Beautiful, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas Downtown Association, Texas Economic Development Council, Texas Historical Commission, Scenic Houston and Scenic America.

Scenic Texas is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the visual character of Texas. We promote enhanced design standards for public projects, sign regulation, freeway landscaping and scenic byway development. Visit www.scenictexas.org.


*Indicates a city that has increased its level since initial certification


  • Fairview (2011-2016)
  • Flower Mound (2014-2019)*
  • Frisco (2011-2016)
  • McKinney (2013-2018)
  • Missouri City (2015-2020)*
  • Plano (2012-2017)
  • Richardson (2012-2017)*
  • Roanoke (2011-2016)*
  • Rockwall (2013-2018)


  • Belton (2015-2020)
  • Benbrook (2011-2016)
  • Buda (2011-2016)
  • Cedar Hill (2011-2016)
  • Cedar Park (2012-2017)
  • Dripping Springs (2014-2019)
  • Georgetown (2015-2020)
  • Keller (2014-2019)*
  • Lakeway (2014-2019)
  • Mesquite (2014-2019)*
  • North Richland Hills (2011-2016)*
  • Pearland (2011-2016)
  • Pflugerville (2015-2020)*
  • Sealy (2015-2020)*
  • Southlake (2012-2017)
  • South Padre Island (2015-2020)*
  • Sugar Land (2015-2020)*
  • Westlake (2015-2020)

Pearland Outdoor Recreation

If you’re nuts about nature like we are and interested in discovering new ways to play with opportunities to improve your skill level and explore outdoor pursuits that are available just beyond your front door, join us during one of our interpretive activities at a City of Pearland facility near you.

Our parks and recreation department has teamed up with Texas Parks & Wildlife to conduct a series of nature based activities that include camping, wildlife viewing, hiking/biking, fishing, geocaching and much more.  Each activity is led by a professional nature enthusiast with years of experience in the great outdoors.  For more information or to register, please contact Kendrick Gray at kgray@pearlandtx.gov or 281.412.8915.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Garden Lectures
Cost: Free
Location: RCN
Thursday, Mar. 12,  7 p.m.

Intro to Geocaching
Cost: Free
Age: 7+
Location: RCN
Thursday, Mar. 26,  6 – 7 p.m.

Concealed Handgun License Class
Cost: $79, *$10 discount for Veterans, First responders, School teachers, Active adults
Age: 19+ years
Location: RCN
Saturday, Mar. 28, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 25 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat, May 23, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Pearland Archery Club – Outdoor JOAD Series
Cost: $49 resident/$69 non-resident
Age: 8-18 years
Location: Veteran Sports Complex
Thursday, Apr. 16 – May 14, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 16 – May 14, 7:20 – 8:35 p.m.

Pearland Parks & Rec Youth Development

Youth Development offers a variety of programs for youth and teens. Classes for adults include education, health and fitness and special interest. Staple programs such as summer camps and Adventure Days are also offered by the division.

Adventure Days

When school’s out, look to us for your child’s day camp needs. Adventure Days are camps offered during school breaks, including Thanksgiving week and Spring Break. Participants must be between the ages 6-12. Camps are comprised of activities such as crafts, games, contests, swimming at the natatorium, exercise, academic enrichment and a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. Regular camp hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended care offered from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. for an additional fee. Children may be registered daily or weekly for a discounted rate.

Adventure Days Information Form

Summer Camps

Let your kids experience the active, carefree, safe and supportive summer experience every child desires. Pearland Parks & Recreation offers two summer camps for youth: Camp K.I.A. (Kids In Action) for ages 6-10 years and Camp Mahalo for ages 11-14. Both camps are supervised by degreed professionals and feature a low staff to camper ratio. Each camper should bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day to camp. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Each camp session will include at least one field trip typically held on Thursdays.

Camp registration begins February 9, 2015

Camp K.I.A

Camp K.I.A offers a safe and supportive environment where campers feel comfortable trying new activities and building new skills. Daily schedules include a full range of activities such as archery, cooking, nature exploration and crafts.

2015 Camp KIA Information
Camp KIA Registration Form
Parent Handbook