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This Texas treasure called Blue Hole is at the center of a multi-million capital campaign to develop 126 acres of parkland in the heart of the Wimberley Valley.

Dreams of acquiring Blue Hole became a reality in May 2005 when the City of Wimberley  purchased the land for restoration and development into a Regional Park.

To date, this project has been awarded $1.9 million from the National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund administered through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, $700,000 from Hays County Parks Department bond fund, and $200,000 from the Lower Colorado River Authority.  A loan of $143,000 from the Trust for Public Land made an earlier date for land acquisition possible; this loan has been repaid.  In addition, approximately $700,000 in private donations and pledges have been raised from individuals, private foundations, and other entities interested in preserving this Texas treasure for public use.

History

    In the heart of Central Texas, Blue Hole has long been a destination in the Texas Hill Country for swimming, camping, and enjoying nature along spring-fed Cypress Creek, often being named one of Texas’ top ten swimming holes.

    Early records show John R. Dobie owned 500 acres along the crystal clear Cypress Creek, near the mill that gave the village its name.  Local legend tells tales of pioneers, wagons, and land for 10 cents an acre!

    Thirty years ago, the Dobie estate conveyed what is now known as the Blue Hole property to an Austin partnership group.  This private group continued to allow limited swimming in Cypress Creek and primitive camping, and built a small wastewater plant to service a nearby nursing home center.  Plans were under way for residential development.

    Soon after the municipal government was formed in May 2000, the Village of Wimberley elected officials heard citizens’ needs for parkland with water access and for a wastewater treatment plant.  Centrally located, this unique property offered these possibilities, as well as other public uses.

    In 2003, the Village of Wimberley completed negotiations to acquire the property for public use development with the generosity of local landowner and part-time resident Peter Way who held the property at no profit while acquisition funding was obtained by the municipal government.

The old rope swing over the deep blue waters. Photo by Sean Scott, courtesy of
The Trust for Public Land   

Texas Parks & Wildlife awards $500,000 grant for Blue Hole development

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on August 27, 2009, approved a $500,000 grant for development of the Blue Hole Regional Park as part of more than $9 million in competitive parks and recreation grant funding awarded for city and county parks and other sites across the state. More...

 

Photo by Carolyn Nichols

Martha Knies, guiding light of Keep Wimberley Beautiful and long-time Village of Wimberley volunteer, discovers blooming rare chatterbox orchid (Epipactis gigantean) on the banks of Cypress Creek in Blue Hole Regional Park.

Master Planning

    To ensure that the Blue Hole Regional Park would be developed in a thoughtful, appropriate, community-driven and environmentally-sensitive manner, the Village of Wimberley engaged the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to develop a master plan for the park.  This master plan was approved by the Village of Wimberley City Council in February 2007.

    Building on preliminary conceptual plans by Austin landscape architect Bosse Turner, the Wildflower Center combined ideas from a group of local stakeholders to develop a plan for the park which includes an improved Cypress Creek swimming area, nature trails, primitive camping, playgrounds, athletic playing fields, and a wastewater treatment plant, as well as additional uses.

    Participating in the master planning effort were the following members of the Blue Hole Stakeholder Group: Bill Appleman, David Baker, Brenda Bishop, Mark Bursiel, Curt Busk, Christine Byrne, Will Conley, Jan Fulkerson, Tevis Grinstead, Malcolm Harris, Eddie Holliman, Dell Hood, Keith Kay, Bob Kerrigan, Todd Mackenzie, Thad Nance, Carolyn Nichols, Bert Ray, Susan Thurber, Jack Williams, Frank Williams, Horace Wilson, Elaine Wilson, and Marilee Wood.

Photo by Sean Scott

The chatterbox orchid, a rare species of wild orchid seen only in Texas, grows along Cypress Creek.


Friends of Blue Hole
PO Box 1601
Wimberley, TX 786876
info@friendsofbluehole.org

 

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