NEWS BRIEFS Harris County Flood Control District to purchase portion of Longwood Golf Club in Cypress area
Tickets now on sale for 2023 Texas Renaissance Festival
LONGWOOD GOLF CLUB Little Cypress Creek runs through the local golf course.
BY DANICA LLOYD
BY JESSICA SHORTEN
After years of negotiation efforts, the Harris County Flood Control District is purchasing about 80 acres of property from Longwood Golf Club in Cypress, Tim Sulak, general manager at Longwood Golf Club, said in a March 31 email announcement to members. The flood control district plans to use the land to hold stormwater runoff and widen Little Cypress Creek, which should improve drainage. “HCFCD models are projecting that this will lower flood levels in the community by almost 10 feet,” Sulak said in the email. “This will reduce or alleviate much of the flooding in the area. We believe it will be a win-win for the whole community.” Community Impact previously reported more than 100 homes in the Longwood Village neighborhood flooded during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and this pro- posed project would reduce flooding risks for hundreds of Longwood Village homes as well as more than 3,000 homes in surrounding neighborhoods. A 2020 survey conducted by the HCFCD found 75% of Longwood Village residents supported the district purchasing nine holes for the purpose of flood mitiga- tion efforts.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Texas Renaissance Festival, which will run for eight weeks starting Oct. 7 through Nov. 26. Hosted in a 16th century-themed 55-acre village in Todd Mission, the festival contains over 400 shops and 21 stages where live perfor- mances are hosted each weekend by acrobats, bards and actors. Each weekend will have a unique theme over the course of the festival, such as Pirate Adventure, 1001 Dreams and Celtic Christmas. Advance ticket prices start at $12 for Sunday and $17 for Saturday at www.texrenfest.com. Admission is free for ages 5 and under on Satur- days and for ages 12 and under on Sundays. The festival runs from
SPRING CYPRESS RD.
LONGWOOD GOLF CLUB
Sulak said the property purchase would be finalized around April 27. More information about the future of Longwood Golf Club will be announced after this date. Community Impact reported in 2021 that golf course officials planned to rework the existing 27-hole course to an 18-hole course with the remaining 170 acres. It is unclear as of press time if this plan is still in place. In the meantime, Sulak said operations at the golf course would be suspended as of April 17. Memberships will be transferred to Cypress Lakes Golf Club, which is located off Cypresswood Drive near Hwy. 290.
9 a.m.-7 p.m. each weekend at 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission.
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CY-FAIR EDITION • MAY 2023
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