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Flower Mound – The Community

The Town of Flower Mound is a beautiful north central Texas town and it held the title of the Second-Fastest Growing City in Texas for much of the 1990s. Flower Mound’s low tax rate, excellent school system, safe neighborhoods and a quality of life unmatched in any community make it one of the premier cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to live and raise a family.

Flower Mound balances a unique blend of country atmosphere with a dynamic environment for economic development, and takes pride in being a leader in managed growth, quality of life and environmental sensitivity. As a master-planned community with an emphasis on SMARTGrowth to preserve community character, these factors contribute to making Flower Mound ideal for living, working, recreation and entertainment.

History

The Town of Flower Mound derived its name from a prominent 12.5-acre mound – once covered with bluestem grasses and a variety of indigenous flowers – that rises 650 feet above sea level and stands 50 feet above the surrounding countryside.

Legend says The Mound was a sacred ceremonial ground used by Wichita Indians dating back to the early 1800s, and historians believe The Mound received its name in the 1840s because of an unusual amount of wildflowers that grew on it. This area was part of the great American Black Land Prairie that ran from Canada to the Rio Grande and from the Rockies to the Mississippi. Only 1,000 acres remain of the original 20 million acres known as the Tall Grass Prairie.

Because early pioneer settlers used The Mound as a hay meadow and never plowed it, the wildflowers were conspicuously abundant in wet springs. However, wildflowers and native prairie grasses flourish throughout the year. The non-profit Mound Foundation has identified more than 175 species of wildflowers.

The Mound is now referred to as The Flower Mound. This unusual piece of land, located near the intersection of FM 3040 and FM 2499, is now a historical site.

Location

Located in Denton County, with an area on the south boundary in Tarrant County, Flower Mound encompasses 46 square miles in the heart of the DFW Metroplex. The town is 20 miles northwest of Dallas, 25 miles northeast of Fort Worth, and three miles north of DFW International Airport, making it “ten minutes from anywhere in the world.”

Uniquely located between two large lakes, Lake Grapevine on the southern border and Lake Lewisville just minutes to the north, Flower Mound is home to one of the largest natural hardwood forests in the U.S., the Cross Timbers Region, and offers a tremendous diversity of lifestyles in which to live, work and play.

Denton County

One of 254 counties in Texas, Denton County is part of the Dallas Metropolitan area and is 957 square miles of mostly rolling hills, with 45 municipalities within its boundaries. The county’s three lakes cover more than 69 square miles. Denton County’s 2009 estimated population is 628,300.

With two major universities within its boundaries, Denton County is a center for higher education, and home of the Texas Women’s University and the University of North Texas in Denton, as well as North Central Texas College in Corinth. The county is also a balanced farming region producing crops and livestock, and a consistently growing residential area.

Flower Mound, Lewisville and Highland Village are just a few of the communities bringing economic and neighborhood growth to Denton County, while Grapevine Lake, Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts provide water recreation and outdoor activity.

Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area

The DFW Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is comprised of two metropolitan divisions – Dallas on the east and Fort Worth on the west, with a combined population of 6,406,500. Flower Mound is centrally located in the DFW Metroplex between interstates 35E and 35W, making it a short drive to neighboring cities.

Dallas/Fort Worth is the nation’s ninth-largest metropolitan area. By nearly any measure, Dallas can claim to be the business capital and wholesale and retail market center for the southwest.

Dallas is the third-largest hub for corporate headquarters and high-tech companies in the country. In addition, according to the Dallas Visitors Convention Bureau, Dallas has the second-largest concentration of telecommunications companies and third-largest concentration of high-tech industries in the U.S.

State of Texas

Business leaders around the country recognize Texas’ booming business climate. For the third year in a row, the nation’s leading executives ranked Texas the best state in the nation to do business. The reasons mirror the same things for which many publications have applauded Texas – controlled taxes and spending, reasonable regulations, an educated work force, quality of life, and infrastructure.

Texas is home to 58 of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies, more than any other state in the U.S. Texas also has the 15th-largest economy in the world, just behind Canada at 12th place and Mexico at 14th place.

With 84.8 percent of its population living in metropolitan areas, Texas is predominantly urban. This is underscored by recent population trends – the state’s 24 metropolitan areas accounted for over 91 percent of the growth between 1990 and 2000. Growth in the state’s metro areas is concentrated in the large metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin.

Income

The Town of Flower Mound is made up of a young, rapidly growing and affluent populace with an average household income of $138,084 and a family size of 3.15 persons per household.

Population

The population of Flower Mound has grown from 15,527 in 1990 to just under 63,000 in 2009. Flower Mound’s location – in close proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Alliance Airport, at the heart of the “golden triangle” – along with development-ready land, has contributed to this phenomenal growth.

More than 61 percent of the town’s residents have earned an associate’s/bachelor’s degree or higher, offering employers some of the highest skilled workers in the north Texas area. Several colleges and universities are just minutes away, helping to ensure that employers have quality training available to meet their needs. *Population & Tax Tables

Government

Flower Mound has a council/manager form of government, with an elected mayor and five council members serving staggered two-year terms. Residents and visitors can stay informed about activities and issues by receiving the Town of Flower Mound newsletter, calling the 972-539-TOWN line, tuning in to FMTV on the local cable channel, or accessing the town’s website at http://www.flower-mound.com/.

Denton County is governed by a Commissioners Court including a county judge elected at-large, and four county commissioners elected by precinct.

Senior Adult Information
Seniors In Motion – Flower Mound
Community Activity Center
1200 Gerault Road, Flower Mound 75022
www.flower-mound.com/seniors 972-874-7275

Public Safety

Flower Mound prides itself on being one of the safest communities in Texas and continues to explore ways to improve public safety through a variety of programs, partnerships and technology.

The Flower Mound Police Department provides the community with great customer service in a timely manner. In cooperation with the Town Council, the Police Department has developed a progressive approach to community policing and has provided professional, well-trained officers to address concerns and requests from citizens.

The department is responsible for the protection of lives and property and the preservation of social order and public peace. It is the hope of the Flower Mound Police Department that, through a spirit of cooperation, the Town’s citizens and the Police Department can make the community a safer place to live and work.

The mission of the Flower Mound Fire and Emergency Services Department is to protect life and property and fulfill the needs and expectations of the community by providing the highest quality fire suppression, emergency medical, rescue, fire prevention, and emergency management services. The department maintains an ISO rating of two, equating to lower insurance rates for property owners.

The 911 Emergency Communications Center ensures rapid response by EMS, Fire and Police units.

Transportation

DFW International Airport, the second-busiest airport in the world, is three miles south of Flower Mound, providing direct service to more than 200 destinations around the world. The country’s first industrial airport, Alliance Airport, is a mere ten miles west of Flower Mound, making global distribution just a liftoff away.

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. This major artery is planned to eventually continue from DFW Airport, through Flower Mound, to Denton.

The main east/west corridor, FM 1171, allows access to both interstates 35W and 35E. Upon completion of its expansion, FM 1171 will be a six-lane divided roadway with curbs and medians from FM 2499 to 35E. The other east/west corridor is FM 3040. This road will be widened to six lanes, divided from Lewisville to FM 2499. FM 407 will be a four lane, divided roadway from Lewisville to FM 1830.

Lakeside Parkway is a new four-lane divided thoroughfare between FM 2499 and SH 121, providing another route to relieve FM 3040 and a second point of access to SH 121.

Interstate Highway 35E, approximately two miles from the eastern border of Flower Mound, is a 1,500-mile roadway that runs north and south from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, known as the NAFTA highway.

With continued growth comes the need for new infrastructure. Flower Mound is committed to providing the highest quality streets, roads, water and wastewater services to its businesses and residents.

Recreation and Amenities

Located between Lake Grapevine and Lewisville Lake, and blessed with heavily wooded hills, panoramic views and an abundance of creeks and shorelines, Flower Mound offers unlimited recreational and leisure activities. Residents and visitors enjoy sailing, water sports, fishing, hunting, camping and hiking at these and other area lakes.

Home to two nationally-recognized golf courses, Tour 18 and Bridlewood Golf Club, golf enthusiasts enjoy year-round play. In addition, there are approximately 150 private and municipal golf courses in the DFW area.

More than 32 miles of nationally recognized, paved multi-purpose trails connect parks, neighborhoods, schools and businesses, providing citizens easy access while walking, running, cycling or skating. There are also 3.5 miles of equestrian trails, numerous youth and adult baseball/softball fields, soccer fields and tennis courts. The Town’s Parks and Recreation facilities also include a system of parks encompassing more than 684 acres, offering a variety of playgrounds, covered picnic shelters, cooking grills, multi-purpose trails, basketball play pads and ball fields.

Sports enthusiasts enjoy youth and adult softball, baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball and flag football leagues throughout the year, and a lighted ball field complex at Gerault Park.

The Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre produces a full season of plays and musicals annually, and has an outstanding youth educational program. The Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1994 to provide a vehicle for the performance and enjoyment of classical music. The orchestra is composed of local musicians who volunteer their time and talents for the benefit of cultural awareness in the community, and for their own enjoyment of playing.

A new 25,000-square-foot freestanding library has recently been completed.

Flower Mound’s proximity to the Dallas Metroplex also opens a wealth of recreational opportunities including Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor, Texas Stadium, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and the symphony halls and art museums of Dallas and Fort Worth.

If professional sports are your game, the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars and the Dallas Burn are all competing for attention. The Texas Motor Speedway is located within minutes of Flower Mound and hosts two NASCAR events a year, as well as several other sanctioned races.

Community Activity Center

Flower Mound’s newest facility, the 80,000-square-foot center completed in 2008, offers an abundance of recreational opportunities including indoor basketball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, indoor track and fitness facilities, senior and youth activities, numerous art, dance and fitness classes, and meeting rooms available to Flower Mound residents.

Flower Mound continues to garner national attention as a great community with a history of accolades –

Money magazine ranked Flower Mound as the Number One Place to Live in Texas; and BusinessWeek.com listed Flower Mound as one of the Top 25 Best Affordable U.S. Suburbs and number one for the Dallas area. The top city and town ranking is part of Business Week’s America’s Best Affordable Suburbs in the U.S. by region story. Business Week noted that Flower Mound is a desirable community because of its close proximity to DFW International Airport and other major cities, as well as a low cost of living.

In 2007, the town was recognized as the Ninth Most Technologically Advanced City in the Nation in its population category by the Center for Digital Government. Features such as the ability to activate water service online, a comprehensive fiber optic network, and an extensive, redundant network contributed to the high ranking.

Flower Mound ranked fifth in the Best Places to Raise Your Family/Top Affordable Communities in the U.S. as published by Frommer’s in 2006. Flower Mound was judged Best of the Best for standard of living, as well as education.

In 2003, Money magazine ranked Flower Mound as the number one best place to live in Texas, and number two in the entire country.