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River Walk becomes a reality

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Flower Mound officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the River Walk at Central Park development on Friday.

Excavation on the river walk feature that will meander through the 158-acre mixed-use development located north of FM 1171 between FM 2499 on the west and Morriss Road on the east is the first order of business.

The river walk’s grading and re-routing of water should take six to nine months to finish and the entire amenity should be completed in about 18 months, according to Bobby Dollak of G&A Consultants.

An additional six months to finish landscaping and the trail/sidewalks will mean it’ll be about 24-months before the north-south river walk will be “wedding picture” ready. It will include six waterfalls of varying heights totaling a 30-foot drop.

The original concept to create a “downtown” for Flower Mound began in 2006. Existing ponds east of The Forums residential development gave genesis to the creation of a river walk amenity within a central park setting plus residential and commercial development.

After more than 20-plus meetings of boards, commissions and citizens, the public and council members gave final approval for the required zoning ordinances in 2008. Then, the 2009 economic crash halted progress and sent the original developer and its eight-phase project into foreclosure. Centurion American took over the project this July and is going full stream ahead.

The Flower Mound Town Council will consider calling an election this Monday night to put the proposed River Walk Public Improvement District to allow the issue of up to $16 million in bonds for public improvements on the ballot this November for voters to decide.

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