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Houston, TX 77089
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In the early 1970's, suburbia was on the march. Two huge subdivisions, Sagemont and Kirkwood, were built in far southeast Houston. Municipal utility districts served the needs of the new residents, but when the City of Houston annexed the area in 1972, they were replaced by city services.
The municipal district in Sagemont had built a community center in 1970, from which neighborhood clubs ran meetings and the social activities of Sagemont swirled. Its annexation caused a problem; the city had no means to manage it, but the locals considered it a part of their community life. For awhile the idea of selling the building moved through city hall, but Mayor Fred Hofheinz had promised the neighbors that that wouldn't happen, so there was discussion within city departments about who would take responsibility for it. By 1974, it was being leased and managed by the civic clubs.
Eventually, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department acquired it and turned it into the Sagemont Community Center.
In 2011, the Sagemont Park Community Center was demolished and has been completely rebuilt, thanks in part to a $1,000,000 Indoor Grant through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The new, larger building will enclose 11,526 square feet of community space, including a multi-purpose gymnasium, arts and crafts rooms, classrooms, offices, restrooms, a kitchen serving area, and storage. It will be unveiled at a grand reopening June 13 at 2:00 p.m. The construction project also includes an expanded parking facility and a left turn lane into the center, and planned future improvements will include a new playground. Including the TPWD grant, the total cost of the demolition and construction of the new building is $3,031,699.
A few yards away, the private Sagemont Recreation Club maintained a swimming pool complex. By the early 1980's, however, the club's officers faced declining membership and approached the City with a buyout plan. They offered the club's facilities to the City for $65,000, which was far below market value for the land, but which paid off its obligations.
City council approved the purchase April 19, 1982, and appropriated $65,467 from Parks Bond funds on July 27, 1982, with an additional $10,000 to refurbish the facility and prepare it for public use.
A THIRD LAND ACQUISITION
In May 1985, City Council passed an ordinance appropriating $439,117.74 to buy an adjacent tract of land, bringing Sagemont Park up to its current 8.30 acres.
Besides the new community center, Sagemont Park offers a swimming pool, a basketball pavilion, a picnic area, and a playground. A soccer field and a softball diamond round out the park facilities.