With the arrival of August, many of us are planning some end of summer get-a-ways before the start of a new school year. As we say begin our goodbye to summer 2014, we welcome a new Fire Chief. Eric Greaser was introduced at the July 21 Town Council meeting. Chief Greaser comes to Flower Mound from Coppell where he served as Assistant Chief.
The Town is committed to maintaining a first-rate park system. In July, the Council approved a measure to direct an outside firm to provide a Park Master Plan and design recommendations for Rheudasil Park, one of the Town’s most popular parks and site of our annual Kid Fish event. Items to be included in the planning include restoration of the ponds and shore lines, sidewalks and trails, picnic area, pavilion, basketball court and restroom facility.
The Town is also moving forward with design and cost estimates for an off-leash dog park, an amenity residents have requested for many years. The dog park will be located in Heritage Park East, at the northeast corner of Garden Ridge Boulevard and Spinks Road. The dog park will connect with the existing park’s trail system, provide shaded areas from existing trees, and have a separate area for large and small breed dogs.
Twin Coves opened for overnight camping in July. The Town has created an informational page on its website that provides a map of the park’s camping sites and details the amenities in each one for easy reservations. If you’d like to ditch the long road trip and camp outdoors close to home, please visit www.flower-mound.com/twincoves. Other new features are also on the way for Twin Coves Park, including a new boat ramp, fishing pier, overnight cabins, and paved parking areas.
Flower Mound is upgrading the landscaping at various Town facilities to be more environmentally-friendly. The new Operations and Maintenance Facility as well as the new senior center will use plants native to Texas and that require less water. With ongoing drought conditions, these landscaping strategies will be the new guideline for both local businesses and neighborhoods in the future. Conserving water is always a good idea, especially when we see our lake levels at record lows.
Last month, the Town was designated a platinum-level Scenic City by the Scenic City Program. This is the first time that Flower Mound achieved this level that is shared by only seven other Texas municipalities. The certification program was developed to recognize municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. The certification will remain in effect for the next five years.
Keystone Automotive already recognized the benefits of being located in Flower Mound and announced its new flagship distribution and operations facility will be located in the Lakeside Business District, creating 100 new jobs. More jobs in Flower Mound means a stronger customer base for existing and new businesses. This provides the opportunity to keep tax dollars in the community which is great news for Flower Mound.
Bed, Bath, and Beyond announced their plans to open a location in The Highlands of Flower Mound development at the northwest corner of Dixon Lane and FM 2499 this fall. Bed, Bath, and Beyond is the seventh-most requested retailer on the Town’s Resident Retail and Restaurant Recruitment Survey. You can keep up to date on the latest business news at www.flower-mound.com/newbusinesses.
Bryan Webb serves as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem in Place 2 on the Flower Mound Town Council.