The Town of Little Elm is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States, and a part of theDallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The population was 3,646 at the 2000 census. By the 2010 census, the city total had jumped to 25,898, making Little Elm one of the fastest growing municipalities in Texas since 2000 in terms of percentage.
|Motto: "Town With A Lake Attitude"|
Location of Little Elm in Denton County, Texas
|Coordinates: 33°9′50″N 96°55′49″W|
Little Elm has an extensive and comprehensive parks system with 4 major community parks, including Little Elm Park, Cottonwood Park, McCord Park, and Union Park. Little Elm has many miles of hike and bike trails constructed and planned along the lake and its tributaries.
Little Elm Park, located in the Lakefront district along Eldorado Parkway, offers a popular swim beach, boat ramp, an amphitheater on the lake, volleyball courts, soccer and softball fields, miles of trail, and hosts many special events such as the annual July Jubilee, Fall Festival, Summer Rhythms, Pumpkin Hollow, seasonal 5k and triathlon competitions, and many other live band events.
Cottonwood Park, also located in the Lakefront district at the southern terminus of Lobo Lane, is home to Cottonwood Creek Marina, softball fields, miles of trail, and is planned for future development. Union Park, currently under construction north of U.S. 380 by Hillwood Communities, is expected to be open soon.
Beard Park, located at the intersection of Main Street and Eldorado Parkway, is home to the Hydrous wake board park, the Taphouse beer garden, future Hula Hut, future trails, future historic village, and is the future home of Little Elm's Farmers Market, which is currently set up in the Hobby Lobby shopping center.
McCord Park, located along FM 423, is a wooded 38 acre park containing gentle slopes, a creek, heavy tree cover, a fishing pond, and acres of open space. Amenities in the public park include over a mile of hike & bike trail, an 18-hole disc golf course, fishing dock, pedestrian bridges, picnic areas, and a playground. The disc golf course was designed by John Houck, a world renown disc golf course designer. The park will also be home to the Town’s 6th LED digital marquee monument sign, which will be the first on FM 423.
Through creative planning and zoning, McCord Park was donated to the Town and constructed by the developers (Western Rim) of the luxury multi-family projects adjacent to it. The total value of the land and park improvements is estimated to be over 5 million dollars, all of which was paid for by the developer. Vital to the Town’s master Hike & Bike trail plan, McCord Park provides an invaluable link from FM 423 to Veteran’s Memorial Bridge on Witt Road and eventually westward along Lewisville Lake to the Lakefront district. It also offers a critical connection point into Frisco’s trail system, which is part of a regional master trail system, one day ensuring that Little Elm residents could continually recreate to Dallas via trail without interruption.
Although the Dallas Business Journal already selected McCord Farm (including the apartments and McCord Park) as a finalist for its 2012 Suburban Multi-Family Deal of the Year award, the park has more planned.