Residents attending the Flower Mound Parks Board meeting April 4 saw drawings of two versions of Trotter Park, which would have pickleball and tennis courts, a track, and other amenities.

The park will be located in the 4500 block of Cross Timbers Road on the west side of Flower Mound.

Eighteen residents shared their opinions during the work session, with many preferring one design over another and some wanting an amenity not included on the design: a mountain biking component. Others spoke in support of pickleball and tennis courts, featured prominently in both designs.

The details

Attendees saw drawings created by MHS Planning & Design in Dallas, and the designs include "design principles, level of service standards recommendations and park/amenity priority rankings outlined in the 2017 Parks and Recreation Master Plan,” a parks board agenda memo states.

These drawings contained feedback gathered from stakeholders through meetings, online surveys and the public input session held Jan. 9. David Shipp, senior landscape architect, and Harmon Duke, landscape designer, both from MHS, spoke to the parks board about the two drawings. Duke also discussed survey results from the public about what they wanted to see in a park.

Zooming in

Both residents and parks board members provided input to town staff and MHS representatives. Conceptual designs will be modified based on parks board suggestions, the memo states, noting these modifications will be “crucial in aligning the designs with the community's needs and preferences.” The revised designs will be provided at a future meeting in June. At that time, the parks board will review the updated designs and make a recommendation to Flower Mound Town Council. Another opportunity for public input will be available during the public hearing at the June parks board and Town Council meetings.

What they’re saying

Chuck Jennings, Flower Mound parks and recreation director, appreciated the feedback from the community regarding desired park amenities.

"We’re working closely with the design firm to bring forward a concept plan that works best for the community as a whole," he said in an email, adding that he encourages residents to remain engaged and "share their visions for enhancing our park system by informing us of emerging trends they believe would enrich our community spaces."

Parks Board Chair Teresa Thomason said the town has to balance money available with all the requests that are being made.

Parks Board Vice Chair Rick Kenyon said the town “definitely” needs more tennis courts, explaining he didn’t think town leaders could work with Lewisville ISD any longer on using its courts and that town leaders need to build their own. He said the proposed park needs less open space, it needs pickleball and tennis courts, and that it be responsive in some way to the bicycling community.

More information on Trotter Park, including survey feedback, may be found here.