Featured on the chron.com • By Kaila Contreras, [email protected] • Updated 7:48 am, Monday, April 9, 2018
Construction is on schedule at the first Crystal Lagoon in the Greater Houston area. It will be located at Balmoral, a Land Tejas Community near the Summerwood and Fall Creek areas when it is completed this summer.
The Crystal Lagoon will be right in the center of Balmoral’s “Amenity Village,” an 8-acre area that will also have a 7,500 square foot clubhouse, fitness center, volleyball court, splash pad, playground, walking path, food truck area and a resort style pool with infinity edge.
The lagoon itself is 2 acres of land, which will be surrounded by white sand, and goes as deep as 8 feet, allowing residents to enjoy not only swimming but use kayaks and paddle boards.
“Land Tejas always strives to be on the cutting edge of offering our residents fun amenities, fun lifestyles,” said Tim Johnson, Land Tejas Director of Community Sales and Marketing. “When Crystal Lagoons came to us and presented us with this idea, the look, the feel, the touch, They took some of the Land Tejas team to (a lagoon) in Cabo that’s already in place. And after we saw it, it was a no brainer.”
Another feature Land Tejas is working on bringing to Balmoral residents are GreenBoLT golf carts they can use to traverse their community. Residents can use these electric golf carts on the 12-foot trail that is divided into lanes. Jeff Sheehan, Land Tejas Director of Community Affairs, said the amenity village is a $13 million project.
“The landscape will have a tropical feel to it. The deeper the water, the bluer the water becomes,” Sheehan said. “The next phase after these retaining walls are finished, we’ll come in move the liner and once the liner goes in, it’s white, we start putting water in it.”
According to the Crystal Lagoon’s website, their technology applies a pulse-based disinfection system that allows up to 100 times less chemicals to be used than in a swimming pool.
All of the lagoons using Crystal Lagoon technology worldwide are monitored, controlled and operated remotely through the Crystal Lagoons’ Control Center, in Florida.
Mechanical and hydraulic systems in the lagoons are also activated and controlled from the control center, for constant monitoring and operation of the lagoons to ensure excellent water quality.
Sheehan said they will get the water to fill the lagoon from the City of Humble, and Crystal Lagoon representatives will come out to Balmoral in a couple of weeks to test the water in the lagoon and put their chemicals in to make sure it’s up to their standards.
“We’re excited about the Crystal Lagoon project,” Johnson said. “We’re seeing how this one goes and we hope that we can bring more to Houston.”