Located in the heart of the rugged Texas Hill Country, the cool pristine waters of the “Blue Hole” have attracted local swimmers for decades. Threatened by development, the swimming hole and surrounding 126 acres were purchased in 2005 by the City of Wimberley to protect the beloved icon, which had nearly been “loved to death” by overuse, and to create a sustainable regional park. Informed by a stakeholder-led design process, the design team created a plan that protected and enhanced the site’s ecologically sensitive areas, despite the addition of 320,000 square feet of new park amenities. Today, the park offers swimming, an extensive interpretive education program, and active and passive recreation amenities for thousands of annual visitors.
photo by Tim Campbell, Design Workshop