A clear, blue lagoon is coming to the Bayside development at Lake Ray Hubbard.
Developer Kent Donahue is coordinating with Crystal Lagoons, a real estate development company that assists in adding beach life to communities and hotels, to bring Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to Rowlett.
Donahue will travel to Cabo to start a plan for the lagoon, said Mayor Todd Gottel. He also said a part of the lagoon will feature a fountain with a light and music show that will be developed by the same company that constructed the fountain at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
“The founder of the company came up with a new technology to clean large bodies of water,” said Uri Man, CEO of the U.S. Crystal Lagoons location based in Florida.
Gottel said the plan hasn’t been finalized.
“This is going to be an attraction everyone wants to see,” Gottel said. “It’s just one feature that’s part of the entire Bayside project.”
Man said the water is cleaned with chemicals that are economically viable. The water is cleaned while people are swimming and will never have to be closed because of cleaning. Each design is different depending on what the developer wants, Man said.
“This allows keeping the quality of the water under our established parameters, guaranteeing a standardized quality for the crystal clear water of all our lagoons regardless of the place on Earth they are located, and dramatically reducing the number of man hours the developer needs to contribute for maintenance,” Man said.
The Bayside development will also feature a trolley around the property, a hotel and a number of dining and retail businesses.
“The population is going to double in North Texas by 2030,” Gottel said. “You either plan for the growth or you don’t, and if you don’t then you will look back and scratch your head and say, ‘Why didn’t we plan for this?’”
In May, the city of Rowlett came to terms with Dallas to purchase the land that was formerly known as Elgin B. Robertson Park.
“The city has never had this opportunity,” Gottel said. “It is a huge win for the city of Rowlett.”
Thus far, this project hasn’t cost taxpayers any money, and the developer was able to fund the project. Gottel said the city has been fortunate in that aspect.
“We wouldn’t have had a say if Dallas would’ve developed it,” Gottel said. “Many people thought we already owned that property. Eighty five percent of the people using it were Rowlett residents.”
The new development will put Rowlett on the map, Gottel said. The Bayside construction is a billion-dollar development, which will bring in more revenue for the city. Gottel also said that the people with negative comments about this property “don’t understand what’s coming.” He has lived in Rowlett for over 20 years and said this project is an opportunity for the city to do something it has never done before.