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Blue Hole

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• The Village of Wimberly, Texas
• The history of Blue Hole
 

Blue Hole, located in Wimberley, is truly a Texas Treasure. Swimmers have been going to this park for generations. Surrounded by towering cypress trees, this swimmingPhoto: a leaf floats by a minnow hole is fed by Cypress Creek. Recently the village of Wimberley purchased more than 100 acres of land surrounding Blue Hole.

Wimberley's Mayor Steve Klepfer has taken a strong part in the process of making Blue Hole a regional park. "The next phase for us is to do a really good job of planning," said the mayor. "This is a very Photo: Mayor Steve Klepferlarge park--it's the same size of Zilker Park in Austin, for instance. And we want to plan for its development in the next 20 to 30 years intelligently. One of the things we've done is partner with the Lady Bird Wildflower Research Center." The master plan for Blue Hole currently includes developing hiking and biking trails and soccer fields.

City Council member Marilee Woods feels strongly that this master plan will ensure the parks preservation. "I think about only 3% of the land in the state of Texas is held publicly, and to have the chance in Wimberley to put 13 acres in the middle of this little village in public ownership to preserve it for future generations is remarkable," said Ms. Woods. "It's a remarkable thing and it's a gift for generations to come!"

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