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Towne Lake reflects its Texas-sized appeal in a 300-acre lake, the 4th largest recreational lake in the Greater Houston area. Connected trails, waterways and scenic coves allow neighbors easy access to the lake and the many amenities and destinations throughout, bonding the community together and creating a unique living experience. Towne Lake is a place where neighbors can work, play, raise children and leave a legacy for generations to come.
Rialto Studio developed the community “look and feel” based on the Texas Hill Country vernacular. The land has been shaped to create hills and valleys uncommon to Houston but which serves to distinguish Towne Lake from its competitors. Native Texas plantings also serve to differentiate the community from those with high maintenance formal landscapes.
LAUGHLIN REGIONAL HERITAGE TRAIL
Situated in the Mojave Desert and arrayed along the banks of the Colorado River, this project has increased the amount and diversity of outdoor recreational activities for Laughlin’s citizens and visitors. Enhancing public awareness of natural and cultural resources in southern Nevada, and repairing the deleterious effects of previous roadway construction in the area, it adds a significant outdoor recreation component to Laughlin’s already-considerable visitor attractions. Proceeding from an earlier master plan created by Rialto Studio, the work includes such improvements as a pedestrian bridge over State Highway 163 to separate recreational users from vehicular traffic; individual and group picnic shelters; miles of hike/bike and equestrian trails; fishing decks along the Colorado River; trailhead destination development; and a large Day Use park situated along the Colorado River. This 17 million dollar project opened to the public in the summer of 2012.