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Hayden: Honoring veterans

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Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden
Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden

November is a special month in Flower Mound. We have the opportunity to honor veterans with two special events – the annual Veterans Day ceremony and our second Veterans Day Relay Run.

On Sunday, November 8, the whole family is invited to our Veterans Day ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. at Flower Mound High School. From 1 to 2 p.m. there will be a family picnic complete with free hot dogs, cake, and lemonade. At 2 p.m. the Veterans Day ceremony will begin and will include a Veterans Review, comprised of approximately 200 local Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and ROTC units parading before the veterans in uniform.

On Wednesday, November 11, the Town will hold its Veterans Day Relay Run, where runners will commemorate our nation’s veterans and their service by carrying the American flag approximately 2-miles on a pre-determined course throughout Flower Mound. After the event, you’re invited to attend a special post-run celebration from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Community Activity Center (CAC), 1200 Gerault Rd. If you’re able to come before 5 p.m., please help cheer on our relay runners completing the last leg of the course. Refreshments will be served and Veterans Day Relay Run commemorative T-shirts will be available for $20. This year, we’re raising money for veterans in North Texas by donating all proceeds from the T-shirt sales to the Denton County Veterans Coalition non-profit organization. If you’d also like to make your own donation, in honor of a special veteran in your life, please visit: http://www.veteransofdentoncounty.org/donate.

November is also a great time to enjoy our many parks and trails throughout Town as the leaves start to change color. The Council continues to prioritize our award-winning park and trail system, a major reason why Flower Mound is such a great place to live.

In October, the Council officially named the Town’s first dog park the Hound Mound at Heritage Park. With an upcoming completion date nearing, crews are working quickly to install the irrigation system, fencing, and concrete work included in the project. Once the irrigation system is complete, crews will lay Tifway 419 Bermuda sod (a type of grass commonly used on athletic fields) that will withstand the frequent canine use. Once the grass takes root, the Hound Mound at Heritage Park will be open to both two- and four-legged patrons. An official grand opening date will be announced soon on the Town’s website and social media pages.

Last month, the Council also voted to approve the purchase of 22-acres near U.S. 377 and FM 1171, which will become a future Town park. Although specific amenities have not been formally discussed, the Town is in need of additional athletic fields and spaces to host special events for the community. The Parks, Arts, and Library Services (PALS) Board will form a naming committee this month to oversee this future park’s name.

Finally, the Council will award the construction bid this month to begin work on the next phase of Twin Coves Park. Crews have now cleared the debris from the park, left behind from the historical flooding that occurred in May and June, in preparation for the next phase of new amenities. Construction is expected to begin in December on 19 furnished cabins and 18 new RV slips, in addition to a variety of other features including: small craft launch with fishing pier, playground, two 25’ x 35’ pavilions, grass volleyball court, a great lawn area, nature trails, and a lake overlook area with a fire pit and seating. Each RV slip will be equipped with the latest 50 amp utility hookups that will accommodate the newest and largest RVs. Twin Coves is expected to reopen in late 2016 bigger and better than ever. For all the latest news and events, be sure to visit www.flower-mound.com.

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