Houston developer to build 2-acre lagoon in residential community

Crystal Lagoon to have 3 white sand beaches that can accommodate 500 swimmers

HOUSTON – Land Tejas Cos., a longtime Houston developer, has announced its plans for a 2-acre lagoon just northeast of Houston.

According to bizjournals, the developer plans to build Crystal Lagoon in Balmoral, a new 580-acre residential community near Generation Park.

“In my 30 years as a developer, this is clearly the most important new innovation to come to Houston,” said Al Brende, founder and owner of Land Tejas Cos., who introduced the first splash pad in the Bayou City. “This is a game changer for amenities.”

The Houston planning commission approved the Crystal Lagoon plans in early May, moving the project onto the final engineering and permitting stage.

Crystal Lagoon will have three white sand beaches that can accommodate 500-plus swimmers. It will also include cabanas, lounge chairs, a Kid's Cove beach for young children and a serenity beach for adults.

Because Crystal Lagoon is expected to be a major attraction, bizjournal said the developers have planned an alternative trail system to help Balmoral residents get to the lagoon.

Construction on Crystal Lagoon is expected to get underway this fall, with a targeted opening date of June 2018. After the grand opening, the lagoon is expected to be open Wednesdays through Sundays all year, with one day reserved for cleaning and one day reserved for private events.

The Balmoral community is reportedly going to feature a $10 million amenity center that will include:

  • Crystal Lagoon
  • Resort-style oasis pool overlooking Crystal Lagoon
  • Clubhouse with rooms for rent overlooking oasis pool and Crystal Lagoon
  • Food truck courtyard
  • Hammock park
  • Dock for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Pavilions and firepits
  • "Celebration Lawn" for community events
  • Playground and splash pad

“We started with a 2-acre lagoon to prove to ourselves that the market will support it,”
 said Jennifer Keller, Land Tejas president and CEO. “Although it’s smaller than other resort lagoons, like the one at Wynn Las Vegas, we’ve made ours highly amenitized.”

Land Tejas is under contract to build a second, larger community in the Houston area, but details about it have not yet been released.

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