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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2006

Public Hearing On Blue Hole Regional Park Set for November 6

The proposed master plan for the 129-acre Blue Hole Regional Park, developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center with guidance from the Blue Hole Stakeholder Group, will be presented to Wimberley citizens at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 6, at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR12 near Mill Race Lane.

The 25-member stakeholder group led by Wildflower Center staff has worked since April creating a plan for the area that includes the legendary Blue Hole swimming hole on Cypress Creek. Recently, the group has been incorporating feedback from the more than 60 people who attended a September 7 public meeting.

The proposed plan is intended to create an ecologically and economically sustainable regional park that considers environmental and recreational needs and the character of the Wimberley Valley while inviting people to experience, respect and enjoy the Texas Hill Country.

The proposed park would maintain the renowned swimming hole in its natural state for public use with a plan to monitor it carefully in case overuse damages the creek and the quality of the water. The proposal also includes tennis courts, a children‮s playscape, soccer fields, a woodland picnic area, a bath house and office building, volley ball court, hiking and bike trails, open air community pavilions, primitive camping areas, a wildflower meadow, several restored natural areas and a small outdoor amphitheatre.

The stakeholder group consists of representatives from Wimberley‮s Village Council, parks and recreation board, planning and zoning board, water and wastewater board and recreation associations as well as Hays County Commissioners Court, Cypress Creek property owners and private citizens.

Blue Hole Park has already received support and funding from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Regional Parks Grant, Hays County and the Village of Wimberley, private donations, the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Trust for Public Land.

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