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The Houston area’s first strictly public access Crystal Lagoon will open Memorial Day weekend

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2024

By , Staff writer 

Angel Lagoon, a new public access lagoon in Dayton, is set to open later this month as the third lagoon in the Houston area.

The lagoon, at 15 River Ranch Blvd. in Dayton, will open Memorial Day Weekend for the summer season even as construction continues to finish amenities. Uri Man, the founder and CEO of the Lagoon Development Company, said it is the first lagoon developed strictly for public access in the country.

“What’s really unique about this lagoon versus others is it’s the first time you have a lagoon that’s essentially an attraction for the general public, where people can buy memberships and day passes,” Man said. “It’s not nestled in the middle of a master plan community just for home sales. It’s going to be a great attraction for the residents of Dayton.”

The company will operate the lagoon. It is also the operator of two other lagoons in the region: Balmoral Crystal Clear Lagoon & Beach Club in Humble and Lago Mar in Texas City.

Angel Lagoon’s entire property will be about 40 acres with the lagoon itself being about four acres.

Visitors will not be able to swim in the lagoon when the attraction opens later this month, Man said. He said construction has been delayed at the site over the last few weeks due to the rainfall.

“It’ll be towards the end of the summer,” Man said. “It depends on how quickly we get everything working and then permitted.”

The lagoon is a Crystal Lagoon, which is a type of patented technology that keeps the water clean with limited chemicals and energy. The first of these lagoons was built in Chile about 25 years ago. Balmoral’s lagoon is two acres while Lago Mar’s is 12 acres.

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Another amenity that won’t be open for the start of the season includes a palapa building that will host Shoreline Grill, which will provide food service to the lagoon. Water sports and an amphitheater are also planned for the future.

Opening weekend activities include food trucks, inflatable water slides and a Sunday performance from Gary Burk, who is kicking off the lagoon’s concert series for the summer.

Tickets to the opening day celebration May 25 are sold out but free tickets to dates throughout the summer are available on Eventbrite.

“This is something we’ve done with our other lagoon projects in the past,” Man said. “It’s a great way to introduce the public to the excitement of what’s coming to the area.”