Park Plan Status as of April 14, 2021

(See FBMUD118 website under RESOURCES / DOCUMENTS / PROJECT DOCUMENTS for more information on each park project.)

The District completed numerous capital projects intended to improve the quality of life within the District and promote water conservation. These include the addition of a walking/jogging trail within Barski Park (Phase 1 & 3), a children’s splash pad area, a new playground, a pavilion, a village park playground, and a reclaimed water irrigation system to serve the community’s greenspace areas. The Board of Directors authorized the construction phase on the Jogging Trail Project Phase 2 at the August Board Meeting. Construction is underway and anticipated to be complete by Spring 2021. The Board of Directors selected a Landscape Architect at the August 2020 Board Meeting to evaluate the District’s park area and develop recommendations for future improvements. This Information has been published to the District’s website (see link below). The District encourages all individuals interested in the projects to review the maps provided and attend the Board of Director’s monthly meetings held at 6:00 PM on the second Tuesday of every month. For more information see the meeting agenda link on website.

FBCMUD 118 Projects
Substantial Completion Final Completion
Barski Playground 7/3/2018 8/30/2018
Splash Pad 8/31/2018 10/30/2018
Barski Pavilion 8/31/2018 8/30/2018
Jogging Trail Phase I 10/2/2018 1/2/2019
Reclaimed Water Phase I 2/9/2019 1/20/2020
Jogging Trail Phase 2 *Est. February 15, 2021
Spring 2021
Jogging Trail Phase 3 5/28/2020 8/25/2020
Playground at Waterside Village Park 11/6/2019 11/19/2019
Irrigation System Improvements Construction Complete 1/15/2020

The district held a preliminary design meeting on Saturday October 24 to discuss the Park Plan future landscaping project. The final park plan was approved at the January 12, 2021 Board Meeting, see attached below. The selected Consultants will begin preparing the construction drawings in Q1-Q2 of 2021.

Proposed Park Design Options (PDF)

Final Park Improvements (PDF)

Tree Preservation and Removal Project

The Peninsula located along Figure Four Lake and within Fort Bend MUD No. 118 (MUD 118) common area is home to various species of native trees. This wooded reserve provides shade for park goers and refuge for the park’s wild inhabitants. While MUD 118 strives to preserve this natural area, there are times when intervention is needed to maintain the health of trees and safety of the public in a park setting. This includes tree pruning to maintain a safe canopy height, removal of dead or hazardous limbs and occasionally removal of trees.

In March of 2021, an evaluation was performed by a Certified Arborist assessing trees in MUD 118 park spaces. While the Arborist’s assessment included recommendations for actions that will reduce stresses, and boost growth through selective pruning and deep root fertilization, it was concluded that one Live Oak tree requires removal. The tree that is planned to be removed was found to have a non-treatable form of fungal disease that commonly attacks trees suffering from bark damage or other stresses that increase a tree’s susceptibility to pests and disease. While the tree is still alive and has continued to perform its seasonal routines, the Arborist identified signs of decline including fungal growth and die back of young branches in the canopy, and decay of the trunk and main boughs of the tree.

The recommendation for removal was based on a collection of factors including the severity of existing decay, lack of signs of healing or new growth, and proximity to and potential of spreading the disease to remaining and otherwise healthy Live Oaks. Many common tree fungi spread through the air or are carried by pests from one tree to another. As this Live Oak declines, the likelihood that the disease will spread to other nearby trees increases. According to the Arborist’s report, because this disease cannot be treated, this tree will continue to decline until mortality. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the fungal disease and removal is the best method available to preserve nearby trees and prevent future tree mortality.

The actions outlined by the Arborist and approved by MUD 118 include the removal of the detrimentally unhealthy Live Oak and implementation of preservation techniques for other trees in the area. In addition to the on-going care and maintenance of existing trees, MUD 118 is planning enhancements to District parks that will include the reforestation of areas that have experienced tree loss due to selective removal of hazardous trees, construction, and natural mortality. The project is planned to begin in 2021 and will incorporate various landscape and park improvements as well as the planting of more than one hundred trees of varying species throughout District green spaces.

For questions and additional information please contact MUD 118 through the District website’s contact page: http://www.fbmud118.com/contact/

Or by telephone to the District’s Park Facility Manager: (832) 956-0868

Leak Adjustment Request Related to Freeze Event

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 118 has adopted a policy and procedure in which the District will consider permitting a credit due to rupture or other damage causing a leak in a resident’s waterline during Winter Storm Uri. This credit is only for damages caused by the event causing excessive water usage and is not a credit for normal usage and/or preventative measures such as dripping faucets. Credit may be given for water usage in excess of the resident’s average usage which will be based on the resident’s January water bill. The credit will be applied to both the District’s and North Fort Bend Water Authority water charges.

In order to be considered for a leak adjustment, residents must submit the request in writing and provide details and documentation on the repairs. Some of the acceptable documentation includes a plumber’s bill or a receipt for parts and a statement of self-repair.

For questions, you may contact the District’s operator, Environmental Development Partners at 832-467-1599 or email your documentation to customerservice@edpwater.com.

Leak adjustment request and all related documentation must be received by May 1, 2021.

Fishing and Fish Stocking

Visitors to Figure Four Lake may not know that the lake is operated by Fort Bend Municipal Utility District No. 118 (MUD 118). While the lake serves as a detention/retention area to help manage storm water and prevent flooding, it is also utilized as an amenity for the community providing natural areas, manicured green spaces, walking trails, and numerous fishing opportunities.

In the first quarter of 2021, MUD 118 completed a survey of the lake habitat and is now implementing a fish stocking program to improve the overall quality of fishing in Figure Four Lake.  To conduct the survey, fish were collected from the lake and evaluated. After recording observations about the fish including the size, weight, and species, each fish was returned safely to the lake. The observations recorded were then utilized to evaluate the health and population density of the various fish species found in Figure Four Lake.

The quantity and species of fish to be released for the planned stocking was determined by the findings of the survey and is expected to help balance the habitat and ensure a healthy and stable population of fish. The stocking is scheduled to take place in March of 2021. MUD 118 plans to continue to monitor and improve the natural habitat and fishery of Figure Four Lake to maintain a heathy and productive amenity for years to come.

Fisheries Survey (PDF)