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SUGAR LAND -- Several residents of the First Colony subdivision are complaining about plans to build an $800,000splash park.

The homeowners claim the park would attract more traffic and noise, dragging down their property values near the corner of Lake Vista Lake Drive and Waters Edge Drive.

The neighborhood already has a small playground, but the proposed project would add a splash pad and several other amenities.

(Our neighborhood) is very, very quiet and we'd like to keep it that way, said Michelle Posey, a resident who is gathering petition signatures to stop the construction.

Posey said she never got to vote on the project, even though officials with the homeowner's association said they surveyed the subdivision's 10,000 residents last year and that the response was positive.

It's justgoing to invite a lot of people that want to party over here, resident Max Abbasi said.

The executive director of the First Colony Community Association, Sherrie Knoepful, said the project would actually increase property values due to the extra beautified space.

Knoepful said concerns of any increased noise were overblown.

We do not enforce non-resident use of our park facilities like we do with our pools, she said. However, we do not advertise those facilities to anyone other than association members.

Construction on the park is expected to begin by the end of the summer.

Homeowners are planning several community meetings over the next few weeks to prevent it.

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