WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Great news for Lake Wichita, the lakes’ Friends of Reservoirs chapter announced that they have secured funding for their first big project, rebuilding the boardwalk. The J.S. Bridwell and Kimbell family foundations donated $600,000 dollars for construction that will be matched by another $500,000 from a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant.
“They know that the lake is one of our best assets in our community portfolio, and one of the best things that we have to provide quality of life amenities for our citizens, our neighbors, our students,” Stewart Harvey, executive director of Lake Wichita Chapter of Friends Reservoirs said.
Bids for the construction of the boardwalk will be put out August 26th and a contractor will be selected October 1st.
“Hopefully we can be wrapped up by March of 2020, or April,” Harvey said.
Passionate supporter of Lake Wichita Steve Garner is excited to see the first concrete steps being taken in revitalizing it. He believes more donations for these kinds of projects will come as people in the community get to see the progress being made.
“We have so many people, so many foundations, so many organizations right here in our community, that are willing to step up for projects that they see are a real benefit for the community,” Garner said.
The Lake Wichita Friends of Reservoir Chapter will now work to get the funds necessary for their next project.
“The boat ramp, the improved boat ramp, we have an additional $500,000 matching grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife department,” Harvey said.
“So many people mason see what an incredible asset this is and what a benefit it’s going to be for our community. If somebody wants to just go out and enjoy the lake they can, doesn’t cost them a dime,” Garner said.
Organizers plan to tie the history of Lake Wichita into the new boardwalk by preserving what’s left of the original one, and finding a way to share the individual stories of those who were apart of its deep history.