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Posted on: June 14, 2019

MCTX Launches #PlayItForward Initiative to Enhance Greenspaces With Citizen/Corporate Partnerships

Parks Agenda

City Manager Anthony J. Snipes, in collaboration with the Parks & Recreation Department, is excited to roll out a new “Show Me City” initiative—#PlayItForward—that is being put in place to not only celebrate the outdoors, but to also build the future of outdoor life.

This initiative follows the Council-approved Strategic Plan 2014-2019-2029 by accomplishing three objectives:

  • Expand the leisure opportunities – such as programs, activities, and venues – within Missouri City
  • Expand opportunities to live a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Maintain and upgrade City infrastructure such as parks, streets, and sidewalks

“The meaning behind #PlayItForward focuses on giving back to the community and this campaign will allow Missouri City to partner with our regional neighborhoods and individuals, giving them opportunities to sponsor City greenspace projects, thereby helping to reduce the burden on the budget and to enhance our local playscapes,” Snipes said. “And, with July being ‘National Park and Recreation Month’, this is a great time to announce the program and engage our residents, businesses, visitors and stakeholders in the initiative.”


Missouri City is known for being a safe, scenic city and the award-winning greenspaces throughout the area play a key role in maintaining this designation. More than 20 parks and 14+ miles of trails wind through our communities, providing an infinite amount of ways to enjoy the outdoors, and #PlayItForward will help to showcase these amenities.

Companies and neighborhoods that join this citywide operation will work closely with the Parks & Recreation Department to ensure specified projects come to fruition and that they showcase commercial partnerships with the City.

“We will emphasize to business owners and neighborhoods that when you #PlayItForward, you further cement your legacy in Missouri City,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jason Mangum. “And that whenever somebody visits the greenspace your organization sponsored, they will know that they are enjoying the space because of your generosity.”

Companies will provide input in any initiative they sponsor, making the possibilities endless, Snipes explained, adding: “we are thrilled to work with the community to make this campaign a success. Together, we will continue to raise the quality of life in Missouri City!”

As part of the City’s commitment to parks’ initiatives, M2L Associates Inc. was engaged to perform a “Park Facilities Assessment Management Plan” to develop a program to schedule repairs, or replace old or worn assets and provide estimated costs for such recommendations. The intended use is as a guideline to improve current deficient conditions as well as to aid in determining maintenance and capital park budgets; read the overview and learn more about the detailed analysis of conditions of existing assets in some MCTX Parks via this website link:

For more information on the #PlayItForward campaign, please visit or email Mangum at

For updates, please watch the City website:, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store). 

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