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Hidden Cove Park's History:
Hidden Cove Park (which used to be called
Lewisville State Park)
is on Lewisville Lake, a man-made lake
developed by the
US Army Corp of
Engineers. In 1981, the State of Texas built the roads, shelters, pavilions, RV sites, dining
hall, boat ramp, etc. When the
State of Texas turned Lewisville State Park over to The
Colony, this terminated the status of the park as a state
park. The state then opened
Ray Roberts State Park
just a few minutes away
more RV sites, camping areas, large sandy swim beach, fishing pier
Since May 1, 1995, The City of The Colony
Hidden Cove Park from the Army Corp of Engineers at no charge.
JT's Boat Rentals and park store started operations
in spring of 2002. JT's Concessionaire
The Colony was for the food, beverage and
boat rentals for the entire 720-acre park, fulfilling the city's
contract with the
Corps of Engineers. JT's submitted initial plans for boat slips,
miniature golf, arcade center and enlarging the store,
but our plans Quickly were
denied, only to find out that a memorandum was out for
closed bids to build a marina. In the beginning
Sam had announced that pier 121 group won the
bid, then Marine Quest had up the bid and got
the contract. The Park operations were
privatized by the city in January 2005 and leased from
The Colony by Marine Quest with $250,000 due at
Lease Agreement. The City of
the The Colony (via the Parks & Rec. Director Pam
JT's that the city and Marine Quest would honor our contract
when the marina operator started construction. JT's designed the layout
and location of the current ship
store as we were told by both the city and Marine Quest
that it would be JT's new home. We were prepared to stock and
operate the ship store and gas docks, have 30 motor boats
and 4 party boats. We endured vandalism, jet ski theft,
jet ski damages (city secretary son), mowing
of the lawn late Saturday mornings with our customers
there, gas tanks taken off boats and scattered in the
parking lot, etc. In
the fall of 2008 the new marina operator finally paid
The City of The Colony $250,000,
and the next week
The Colony City Council cancelled JT's Concessionaire
Contract after 7 years
of service with 9 years remaining on
JT's contract. JT's
waited 3 hrs. at that meeting to speak to the issue and
was denied making any statement by the city council and
John Dillard - Mayor.
After spending $4,000 in legal fees consulting with
attorneys due to noncooperation by the marina operator
to sign an agreeable lease with JT's, JT's was
then forced to close our park store and boat rentals in
Hidden Cove Park since
the city required JT's to have a lease with Marine Quest.
In 2010, The
marina operator reduced the number of slips even lower from
350 to get a partial Certificate of Occupancy so they could open. The
marina operators had a local Frisco company
refinance the project again. The
Colony City Council heard a presentation from Frisco City Council
member Scott Johnson,
representing not Frisco but Ascendant Solutions, but in 2011 Ascendant withdrew and
is no longer involved.
Currently, Hidden Cove
Marina is still under construction since 2005 and is not yet completed.
The project is only a fraction of the
original proposal presented to the city as 850 slips as is now
because 500 slips were never purchased by the
marina operator from the Tribute developers.
Hidden Cove Park is not presently a "resort"
as it does not have the floating restaurant, hotel, pool, beach, etc.
that was presented to the city.
Lease Agreement .
JT's Party Boat Rentals reorganized and is
now located at Eagle Point Marina,
we customized our business to accommodate larger
groups on Lewisville Lake.
In 2011 JT's has
3 Party Boats on Lake Lewisville to celebrate
our 10th Year Anniversary!
2016 JT's Boat Rentals sold their vessel's (not
the business) to Sam's Dock, JT's donated the
domain HiddenCovePark.com to them and stayed
with them in 2016 to help make a smooth
Sam's Dock opened up the boat rental company at
Hidden Cove Park and Marina.
JT's Boat Rentals is now
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2017 Marine Quest is still rebuilding Hidden
Cove Park (12 years later), metal dock
structures scattered everywhere on and off
shore, the shelters are all gutted and not
useable, etc., don't understand how the city or
the corp. allows them to be open with all the
junk laying around.
2017 Sam's Dock is operating the ship store,
boat rentals and gas dock and also opened up the
Rockin S Bar and Grill.