A big expansion could be coming to the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park in Conroe, which could include a 1,200-seat amphitheater and space for retail business.
The 3.5-acre park showcases Montgomery County as the birthplace of the Texas flag and is located just off I-45 near the Montgomery County Library. The park features a memorial to the man who is credited as the father of the Texas flag, Dr. Charles B. Stewart. Stewart died in Montgomery County in 1885 at the age of 79.
Montgomery County Judge Alan B. Sadler said Wednesday a planned expansion project is awaiting private and possibly public funding. He couldn't pin down the exact price tag on it. The project has been in the works for nearly three years, Sadler said.
"A lot of money still needs to be raised, sketching out the plans and getting the money is just the first step," Sadler said. He estimates it will take about two years to raise the money needed.
The park currently features the 13 flags that flew over the fighters during the Texas Revolution, plus a bronze statue of The Texian, a composite of a volunteer soldier that fought during the battles for Texas independence.
Conroe artist Craig Campobella will be designing an 88-foot tall "Revolution Fountain" on the site, according to Sadler. The artist also created the Texian and the Stewart pieces.
The 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater would host concerts and other performances.
The county and the Spirit of Texas Bank are both donating land to the Phase II expansion of the park, raising the park's footprint up to nearly 18 acres. Sadler said there is a reverting clause attached to the land so that if the project doesn't move forward within five years it reverts back to the county.
"The city of Conroe needs to be an integral part of it to make it work," Sadler said.