Developers of That Eye-popping Crystal Lagoon Project on Lake Ray Hubbard Are Planning a Start

Developers plan to start work before the end of the year on the huge Crystal Lagoon waterpark and fountains that will be constructed east of Dallas on Lake Ray Hubbard.And a second Dallas-area Crystal Lagoon is in the works.The Lake Ray Hubbard project - which is part of the $1 billion Bayside development in Rowlett - was supposed to start earlier this year.But developer Kent Donahue said that development on Interstate 30 should get underway in October or November.Officials with international firm Crystal Lagoons, which licenses the technologies for the elaborate water resorts, say they are working on multiple Texas projects - include more for the Dallas-Fort Worth area."By the end of the year we expect to have five projects signed in Texas," said Christopher Souza, Crystal Lagoons' director of business development. "We've seen a huge interest in Houston and Dallas."Souza said the company has already got a deal in the works with a Dallas-area residential community.Homebuilders say that Crystal Lagoons has been talking to the developers of the 2,000-acre Windsong Ranch development in Prosper about doing a project there.The community on U.S. Highway 380 has been one of the most successful residential developments in North Texas.The addition of a Crystal Lagoon to the home community would be first for the area.Souza said the first 2-acre Crystal Lagoon project will open in Texas in early 2018 northeast of Houston."Once that happens and people can see it we expect to get a lot more inquiries," he said. "Texas has a potential for us as large as you could ever want."The 8-acre Crystal Lagoon at the Bayside development in Rowlett is planned to include resort style water recreation, with swim-up bars and floating fire pits, a water front zip-line, electric boats and cruisers for sailing and a surf machine.A giant fountain with more than 250 water nozzles and lasers will give displays on the lagoon.The 262-acre Bayside project is planned to include two condominium towers, luxury apartments, single-family homes and more than one million square feet of mixed use retail, entertainment, restaurant and office space.Souza said that new residential communities are looking at his firm's water features as an alternative amenity to golf courses or other recreation."Our lagoon tailors to a family where as with golf it's not for kids most of the time," he said. "The whole family goes to the beach."Florida-based Crystal Lagoons is currently building multiple projects in Florida and is about to start a huge development on Las Vegas' strip.The Bayside development in Rowlett has been in the works for more than three years.The formal groundbreaking for the project was almost a year ago.  Continue reading...

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