Lake Wichita leaders remain optimistic after Prop B fail

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - On Tuesday the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee met for the first time since Proposition B for Lake Wichita improvements failed.

Members of the committee were shell-shocked when they saw the results come in Saturday night, but added it will not stop them from moving forward and achieving their goals.

"There was a real feeling of energy and excitement downtown," Chair of the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee, Steve Garner said. "And that continues today with a lot of the people that want to see this community change."

Like many, Garner spent his Saturday night in downtown Wichita Falls awaiting the results of all the bond propositions, particularly Proposition B.

They weren't what he hoped for, but he remains optimistic.

"We had 5,000 people from the community take time out of their day to go vote and say this is something they want to see," he said.

The Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee is back to raising funds for the shoreline improvements and excavation, which could begin as soon as later in 2018.

"When we get the engineering designs and cost estimates in, we can begin on the 200-foot long boardwalk at the original pavilion site," Garner said. "We can begin on the new four-lane boat ramp at the current single-lane boat ramp, and we can begin on the Veterans Memorial Plaza."

Garner believes of the nearly 5,000 people that voted yes, at least a couple dozen will be willing to get involved in the project.

"This has to be a project of excavation and then recreation venues around the lake," Garner said. "And we're going to have to tackle that just like we have from the very beginning."

City leaders have hinted at possible future bond proposals. Garner said if they ask Lake Wichita to be a part of one, they'll say yes.

"What do you think our answer is going to be? It's going to be yes," he said. "Of course we want to be involved! But in the meantime, we're going to continue to do what this committee has done from the very beginning."

Garner said he's excited to get back to their efforts that they took a break from for three months and he knows a lot of people are still really passionate about Lake Wichita.

Garner said the bond proposition would have been a great way to get a  cash infusion for the project.

To help get more people involved, the revitalization committee is looking to create four sub-committees to help with the project.

If you are wanting to get involved you can call Steve Garner at (940)-781-1920 or email him at ourlakeourlife@att.net.

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