Clute Mayor Calvin Shiflet and City Manager Gary Beverly joined a group of residents at the grand opening of Woodshore’s newest resident amenity — a boathouse and lakeside park on Sunday, November 20. “We are excited about having Kroger as our neighbor in Woodshore and appreciate Kroger manager Thomas Hearring, Deborah Harding, Wendy Watson and team for donating the food and grilling it up for us this afternoon. This demonstrates how they are truly a part of our community,” said Doug Konopka, DHK president and Woodshore developer. Guests were also treated to boat rides on the oxbow lake.
The lakefront park amenity is ideal for residents who want to store their paddleboat, canoe, kayak or sailboat in the resident boathouse and enjoy a day on the water followed by a cookout at the outdoor kitchen. “We love the convenience of having a lake within walking distance, especially being able to store a canoe on the grounds,” says resident Nidia Lopez. “The lake is a lot longer than we expected and so relaxing. We can see our boys enjoying that lake for many years to come.”
Woodshore’s Calvit-Eagle Lake Park is named in honor of the origins of Clute, TX, at the junction of the old Calvit and Eagle Island Plantations. In 1824, Alexander Calvit, one of Stephen Austin’s Old Three Hundred, obtained title to the land that would come to be known as the Calvit Plantation. According to local history sources, John Herndon married Calvit’s only daughter, and on that land began the Herndon sugar plantation. Jared Ellison Groce, Texas patriot and the wealthiest settler in Austin’s Colony, established Eagle Island Plantation in 1826 as a gift to his daughter, Sarah Ann Groce, on the occasion of her wedding to William Harris Wharton. A fine cotton plantation, sitting on some of the richest alluvial soil in the region, Eagle Island plantation served as the Wharton home from 1828 to 1878.
The grand opening cookout marks the continued development of Clute’s only master-planned community, an area featuring production homes by CastleRock Communities and custom homes by Peltier Custom Builders and Mercury Homes. The boathouse, kitchen/grill, and restrooms at this private park are for Woodshore residents and available by reservation through the HOA.
“My family and I are very new to Woodshore, having only moved in a week ago, but we are excited to have the boathouse, the outdoor kitchen, and the playground within walking distance of our new home. We’re looking forward to utilizing the amenities and creating new memories in Woodshore and on Lake Bend,” shares Stephanie Davenport.