Crystal Lagoon opens to residents of Texas City's Lago Mar community

Crystal Lagoon opened for resident use in early June. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoon opened for resident use in early June. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)

Crystal Lagoon opened for resident use in early June. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)

Residents of Lago Mar, a master-planned community in Texas City, can spend their days by Crystal Lagoon this summer, with public access as early as 2021.

The resident-designated beach and amenities, which opened for use in early June, take up about 35% of the lagoon’s perimeter, said Uri Man, the executive vice president of Lago Mar’s developer Land Tejas. A 12,000-square-foot public access section, including a residential beach clubhouse and two different beaches, is expected to open in 2021 on the lagoon’s west side.

Crystal Lagoon offers more than a mile of shoreline and stretches more than a quarter mile end to end. The lagoon’s east side will eventually be home to a mixed-use entertainment district, allowing guests to experience sunset views as they shop and dine, Man said.

“It’s really something that’s fantastic to see,” he said.

Lago Mar officials are ready to begin conversations with hotel, restaurant and retail developers about waterfront development, Man said. The entertainment district will look like a “more beautiful” version of the Kemah Boardwalk when completed, he said.


Crystal Lagoon is the largest of any such amenity in the country by length and perimeter, Man said, but its eco-friendly technology ensures only a fraction of the chemicals and energy used to operate a typical swimming pool are necessary. The lagoon is about six times larger than Land Tejas’ first Crystal Lagoons amenity, which opened in 2018 in the master-planned community of Balmoral in Humble.



Lago Mar will consist of 4,500 homes once built out, plus townhomes and condominiums, Man said. Texas City was chosen for the lagoon based on its location along I-45; residents and families are frequently driving south en route to Galveston, and the lagoon will be easier to access than the Galveston seawall, Man said.

“We looked for an amenity that would really differentiate this community from any other,” Man said, adding that a gathering space like Crystal Lagoon helps bring families and communities together. “It’s really a unique amenity that improves the quality of life for those that have access to it.”

The coronavirus pandemic did not delay the opening of the lagoon, nor will it have a major effect on operations this summer due to the lagoon’s size, Man said. State guidelines are being followed, and residents are being encouraged to make a check-in appointment to avoid large groups of people entering at once. Overall, the lagoon will follow regulations similar to those at water parks across the state, he said.

Guests will have plenty of space to practice social distancing across the 100 acres of land around the lagoon, making a day at the lagoon just as feasible as a trip to Galveson for Lago Mar residents, Man said.

“There’s just no other community that can match this,” he said. “It’s really paradise.”
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

<

MOST RECENT

The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center. (Community Impact staff)
Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down 10% since Aug. 3

The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center.

During a special Commissioners Court meeting Aug. 6, officials talked about hiking the property tax by 8%. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Commissioners Court considers raising property tax by 8%

Commissioners will return to the proposal when the Harris County Appraisal District gives its property tax estimates at the end of the month.

A mother and daughter visit at Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Conroe earlier in the pandemic. (Courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Facilities that meet the requirements will allow limited visitations, but you still will not be able to hug or kiss your loved one.

HomeAid Houston partnered with Boys and Girls Country to open three cottages in Hockley. (Courtesy Boys and Girls Country)
Builders partner to serve homeless population through nonprofit HomeAid Houston

Since launching in 2003, the organization has helped provide 20,000 beds for homeless individuals in the Houston area.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's police reform task force is gathering more community input. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Police reform task force asks Houston residents to share opinions through Aug. 9

The Houston Mayor's Task Force on Policing Reform is circulating a survey among Houston neighborhoods to collect opinions from residents.

The 2020 U.S. census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Shortened census timeline could shortchange Houston, its most vulnerable communities

The 2020 U.S. census response rate is already lagging behind 2010 numbers, and officials said the shortened timeline only increases the chances of an undercount.

The farm-to-table restaurant plans to create 90 jobs and offer familiar American meals. (Courtesy Whiskey Cake)
Whiskey Cake restaurant to open in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

(Courtesy Fotolia)
Proposed League City budget includes property tax rate decrease

The proposed fiscal year 2020-21 budget for League City, which begins Oct. 1, includes a property tax rate drop and decreases in operating and capital project expenses.

Galveston County COVID-19 cases have reached 9,168 as of Aug. 5. A total of 107 cases were reported Aug. 4, and another 62 were reported Aug. 5. (Community Impact staff)
Galveston County COVID-19 cases pass 9,000 mark

Galveston County COVID-19 cases have reached 9,168 as of Aug. 5. A total of 107 cases were reported Aug. 4, and another 62 were reported Aug. 5.

The overall death total in Harris County hit 805, with the majority of deaths—78%—occurring in individuals ages 60 and older. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 17 deaths confirmed Aug. 5, including man in his 20s

The overall death total hit 805, with the majority of deaths—78%—occurring in individuals ages 60 and older.