"I would like lake parks all around Lake Ray Hubbard. We have shallow water at our end of the lake, so our water craft would be primarily canoes, kayaks, bass boats, and paddle boats. There should be places that the boats could dock all around the lake and picnic or patronize lakeside vendors."
"As a frequent user of our lake's more shallow waters, I definitely agree with this vision. However, this is going to require the use of parts of the lake that people have imagined their back yards extend into. Does the city have the guts to do it?"
Excellent question, Jared. A complication does exist. It is my understanding that Rowlett leased all land from Dallas between the "take line" and the water's edge. In return, the City of Rowlett is sub-leasing the land to any land owner with contiguous land to the water. In these situations, probably the development of parks is limited. However, its my further understanding that there is a lot of "easement" areas that are not leased by any citizen. These areas can become "pocket parks" and would be a great place for low maintenance grills and/or overnight campsites. In a perfect world, we would have a patrol to visit the sites on a routine schedule. Does it cost money? Of course it does. That's why I suggested that a certain amount of money coming in from Bayside be allocated for developing this "in house" water park system. Can you imagine 10-15 small "pocket parks" around Rowlett, plus the major parks? It would be delightful.......and add considerably to Rowlett's livability and desirability. Whisper real estate values quietly.
Someone with the Parks Department should now be locating these little sites and begin planning for their development. Start working now on solving problems. Bayside is now for real. Rowlett "officialdom" needs to get off their butts and start thinking lifestyle. It means money in your pocket. The more desirable Rowlett becomes, the more valuable your home becomes. If done right, it's only a matter of time before residents of Highland Park will start selling their homes and moving to Rowlett. Honest.
Keep thinking Jared. Good questions.