On September 6, 2003, The Colony was named as the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sportstown for the state of Texas. Based on a variety of criteria that demonstrates a community's involvement in facilitating and enhancing quality sports, The Colony exceeded in categories of:
Community commitment to parks and recreation resources
Education and training strategies
Innovations for community development
Youth development strategies
Scope of programming
Enhancing the Community
The Colony Parks and Recreation Department manages 23 municipal parks and offers a variety of activities ranging from a year-round aquatics facility to a spectacular sports complex. Continually enhancing the community by providing quality sports programs for citizens of all ages and at all levels of play, The Colony Parks and Recreation Department employs a professional, customer-first philosophy while encouraging lifelong sports participation and enjoyment. The department also enjoys a strong volunteer base and several successful public and private partnerships within the community.