Flower Mound was named after a 12.5-acre mound once covered with blue stem grasses and a variety of native flowers. It is believed by historians that in the early 1800s the mound was a sacred ceremonial ground used by Wichita Indians. Today, the unique parcel of land, situated near the intersection of FM 3040 and FM 2499, is recognized as a historical site.
The centerpiece of the community is the new River Walk at Central Park, with 345,800 square feet of prime office and retail space and a Marriott Hotel. The town center's pedestrian-friendly environment will be home to many retail specialty shops, restaurants and offices. With a central gazebo, a wedding chapel, and an out-door amphitheater for summer concerts, the park-like setting makes an inviting place for civic and entertainment events year-round.
Flower Mound has 33 community parks encompassing 238.5 acres with another 174.3 acres of facilities including playscapes, covered picnic shelters, cooking grills, multipurpose trails, basketball play pads and ball fields.
A number of sports leagues such as youth and adult softball, baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball and flag football keep the community active throughout the year. New additions include a lighted ball field complex at Gerault Park. A 25,000-square-foot library was recently added in the area.
Despite its rapid growth, Flower Mound has remained a tight-knit community with numerous community groups and organizations. There are plenty of shopping facilities in the area including the Grapevine Mills Mall featuring more than 250 outlet stores, an ice rink and a 30-screen theater.
The Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) serves the needs of students in Flower Mound as well as nine neighboring communities in the southeast portion of Denton County. The district encompasses 130 square miles and is the 18th largest school district in the state. The Texas Education Agency recently ranked each public school in Flower Mound exemplary. Flower Mound Elementary and Marcus High School have also been acknowledged as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The Texas High School Network and Texas Middle School Network have chosen Forestwood Middle School and Marcus High School as mentor schools. There are also nine colleges and/or universities and four community colleges located within 35 miles of the town.
Recent road improvements have given residents greater access to surrounding communities. International Parkway (FM 2499), the north/south corridor of Flower Mound, is the primary route to both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, connecting with highways 635, 121, and 114. The main east/west corridor, FM 1171, allows access to both IH 35W and IH 35E. Interstate Highway 35E is dubbed the NAFTA highway, a 1,500-mile roadway that runs north and south from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.
Residents are within close reach of all the recreational and cultural opportunities offered in the Dallas Metroplex including Texas Motor Speedway, Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor, Texas Stadium, The Ballpark in Arlington and the symphony halls and art museums of Dallas and Fort Worth.
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