Phase One opens Memorial Day
Generations sighed in disbelief and disappointment when Twin Points Resort closed for business some seven years ago.
The popular resort on Eagle Mountain Lake wasn’t gone and it certainly wasn’t forgotten.
In fact, it’s been re-graded and painstakingly redesigned in three phases, the first of which is set to open Memorial Day weekend.
This Saturday, April 27, Twin Points will host a free open house for the public to come see what’s been done and to view the ongoing work on phases two and three, set to open in the spring of 2014 and 2015.
Boat owners can also take advantage of complimentary boat safety inspections to ensure their boats are ready for the 2013 summer boating season. You’ll also find out about special rules that apply to Eagle Mountain Lake only.
Information about zebra mussels and other invasive species will also be available at the preview.
Phase One of the project is comprised of a wave attenuator or breakwater, public boat ramp and courtesy dock, launch, ample boat and trailer parking as well as passenger vehicle parking, and a public restroom.
At 100-feet long, the gangway stretching from the boat dock to the parking area is the longest in the state of Texas. It attaches to the flowing boat dock in such a way that it avoids a too-steep-to-walk-on angle, no matter what the lake level is.
And because low lake levels are not unheard of on EML, the ramp at the boat launch is constructed to be useable at extremely low lake levels. For instance, a 30-foot boat should be able to launch at Twin Points even when the lake is 12 feet below its conservation level of 649.10 feet.
The boat launch fee will be $10, paid at an unmanned pay station at the entrance to Twin Points. Parking without a boat launch is $5.
Phase Two will include a new and improved swim beach, concessions building featuring restrooms and family changing rooms, two pavilions for larger gatherings like as family reunions, and several covered picnic tables with grills and sidewalks. The second phase is set to open Memorial Day weekend 2014.
Bringing the project full circle, Phase Three will consist of RV accommodations when it opens in the spring of 2015.
Tarrant Regional Water District, which owns the property, decided not renew its long-term lease of the property with the Hobbs family, who had operated Twin Points for years.
Although most remember the resort as arguably the best place on the lake to swim, hang out or to dock the boat and get a bite to eat, the property Twin Points sits on actually serves a different and absolutely critical purpose in protecting the entire area in a dire flood situation.
As Eagle Mountain Lake Reservoir Manager David Geary explained, during what is often referred to as a “hundred-year flood,” the location is first and foremost an emergency spillway structure. The elevation of the property is designed to hold water to a level of two feet above the dam that holds in the waters of EML
“Once the water tops that two-foot level above the dam, it’s designed to flow over the dam and erode the large rocks on the south side, collapsing it and allowing floodwaters to flow over the property occupied by the Azle Youth Association, down the lowlands and into Lake Worth, thereby saving valuable property and structures around the lake,” Geary explained. “The design of the entire project was carefully planned, down to the angle and placement of the structures to allow the best possible water flow in a flood situation. The entire project is also constructed utilizing quality materials that will provide long life and minimal maintenance.”
Phase One of the project has been accomplished at a cost of $1.5 million, according to TRWD spokesman Chad Lorance with Phase Two projected to cost about $3.5 million.
Geary credits architect/engineer Frees and Nichols for an outstanding design and the TRWD board of directors with the support to get the project going and keep it going. TRWD personnel also manufactured some of the equipment in its metal fabrication shop to cut costs.
“But Tarrant County Precinct 4 Commissioner J.D. Johnson and his crew were indispensable in getting this project done,” Geary said. “That’s ($1.5 million) not a big budget for a facility of this magnitude, and without Commissioner Johnson’s help with the paving and construction it would not have happened. I can’t stress enough how important interlocal cooperation was and is to this project.”