June 11, 2011
Wimberley Mayor Bob Flocke greeted over a hundred members of the community and honored guests, including local, county and state officials and former officials:
State Senator Jeff Wentworth, Hays County Judge Dr. Bert Cobb, Hays County Commissioner Precinct 3 Will Conley, former Hays County Judge Liz Sumter, Hays County Commissioner Precinct 1 Debbie Ingalsbe, Hays County Precinct 3 Constable Darrell Ayres, former City of Wimberley Mayor Tom Haley, Wimberley council members Matt Meeks, John White, Mac McCullough, and former Wimberley council member Bill Appleman, TxDOT Hays County Area Engineer Don Nyland, City of Woodcreek Mayor Eric Eskelund, Woodcreek Councilmembers Brent Pulley and Nancye Britner.
Also attending were Judy Langford, chief grant writer for park development, Steven Spears and Rebecca Leonard with Design Workshop, T.F. Harper with Harper Construction, as well as members of Taniguchi Architects and all trades involved with construction in Phase One.
Facilities now open include paved parking, bath houses, park office, and picnic area, all of which went into immediate use to park visitors at 10:00 AM after opening ceremonies.
Dr. Curt Busk gave an overview of Blue Hole history and spoke of the critical role of Peter Way and his family in facilitating the purchase of the land.
Steven Spears of Design Workshop described the four years of community involvement and effort that went into bringing Phase One of the Master Plan to life. He also announced that Blue Hole Regional Park just this week was chosen as one of 25 pilot projects in the world by the Sustainable Sites Institute. Blue Hole achieved this honor by:
- Using cedar and stone harvested from the park itself, which might otherwise have been carted off to a landfill.
- Constructing a cistern to collect thousands of gallons of runoff from the bath house roofs to water landscaping.
- Remediating stream bank erosion and ending the destruction of cypress tree roots as swimmers climbed in and out of the water. Now there are only 4 designated entry points, one especially for the youngest users at the shallow end of the stream.
Mr. Spears especially commended the community for their contributions, beginning with a year of stakeholder’s meetings to reach consensus on development, financial contributions large and small, and the labor of so many volunteers such as the recent Plant The Park Day workers.
Then it was time to “cut the ribbon.” Only, it was no ribbon! Mayor Flocke, wielding a pair of industrial strength snips, cut through a massive chain to officially open the park for business. The Dussler Family Gate, designed and built by Benge Elliot, swung open and the first visitors to Hays County’s newest park streamed through.
YouTube Video courtesy of Gale F. Wiley