October 15, 2022

Cullinan Park to Increase Parking

Sugar Land, TX  - Cullinan Park Conservancy (CPC) is excited to announce the completion of a successful Phase II fundraising campaign that raised $1.4 million for additional parking, an extended entryway and new trails.

On October 4, 2022, the City of Sugar Land City Council accepted a contribution of $1.237 million from the CPC Board of Directors.  These funds will be combined with a $200,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife grant, to carry out the construction of much needed additional parking and 1.2 miles of new trails at Cullinan Park. The project was awarded to Millis Construction during the same meeting. This Phase II project is expected to be completed in April of 2023.

The parking and trails project went out for bid through the City of Sugar Land in July, and as many in the community have experienced, inflation and supply chain issues caused an increased project cost.  Three local foundations stepped up to help the Conservancy fully fund the project within the 90-day bid window.  

“We are so thankful for the George Foundation, the Fred and Mabel R Parks Foundation and the Wortham Foundation for their steadfast support of Cullinan Park. This project would not be happening without them,” said Robbin Mallet, CPC Board President.  “We’re thrilled that so many new people have discovered the park, and the expanded parking will enable us to accommodate that growth.”

The project funded on Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting allows the Conservancy to focus on the next fundraising goal of $1.5 million for Phase III, which includes a Learn, Explore and Play (LEAP) for children.

“It’s shocking how little time most kids are spending outside in unstructured play. We want to provide a fun, exciting space where kids can learn about, experience and interact with nature. Thanks to strong community and foundation support, we’re about halfway to our goal,” Mallett said. 

Cullinan Park Conservancy is a 501(c((3) nonprofit with the sole purpose of raising funds for the enhancement and improvement of Cullinan Park.  For more information, visit www.cullinanparkconservancy.org

Photo Credit L to R:  Joe Chesser, COSL Parks Director; Keith Borgfeldt, CPC Director; Fenglin Du, COSL Parks Development Manager; Jennifer Lane, SL City Council Member; Monica Taylor, CPC Director; William Ferguson, SL City Council Member; Betty Baitland, CPC Director; Stewart Jacobson, SL City Council Member; Gay Thompson, CPC Director; Suzanne Whatley, SL City Council Member; Robbin Mallett; CPC Board President; SL Mayor Joe Zimmerman; Carol McCutcheon, SL City Council Member; Cee Cee Parker, CPC Director; Nashaud Kermally, SL City Council Member; and William Hajdik, COSL Parks Assistant Director