Longview’s Lake Lomond will provide an enjoyable and fun natural space for ETX
It all started in the early 1900s when the founders of Lac Lomond decided to build this 25-acre lake on land used for agriculture at the time. They had been inspired by LOCH Lomond in Scotland. And so, Lake Lomond was created.
Friends of Lake Lomond, on their website, share with us that “the dam built at Harris Creek, which was used to create the lake, later became part of a road built in the 1940s by Gregg County where commissioners of the time misspelled the name of the lake, calling the lane ‘Lake Lamond Road.’ “
There are still a few structures on the property that were in use at that time, which helps present some interesting history.
Les Amis du lac Lomond, a 501c3 non-profit organization in Longview, has a mission:
We are committed to partnering with the community to conserve, promote and improve Echols Park at Lake Lomond through volunteerism, advocacy, innovative programs and financial support to provide public green spaces and ensure access to current and future generations. “
Their vision, shared with the former owners of the lake before, was that this lake, as well as the Echols park under development, offer a beautiful lake setting, walking and biking trails, water sports rentals and maybe even lakefront businesses at one point!
But just the natural setting. We are talking about “about 92 acres of natural old growth forests, wetlands and stream systems with a 26 acre lake and about 1.5 km of a loop trail connecting the lake and wetland areas”, according to Friends of Lake Lomond website.
And even more to look forward to? Yes!
Friends of Lake Lomond, with developer Hudson Johnson, discuss “a boardwalk, a small outdoor amphitheater, a boat launch for non-motorized boats and fishing docks as well as commercial development and sales at detail along the outskirts of the park The trail will eventually connect with the Boorman Trail in the town of Longview along Grace Creek near Hwy 80.
Such a natural treasure already. Congratulations to Friends of Lake Lomond, Hudson Johnson, AND the McWhorter family for coming together to beautify and uplift an area already charming to all of East Texas and visitors.
Longview’s Lake Lomond will offer family fun, hiking and biking trails, water sports and more!
A new partnership means that Lake Lomond and the soon-to-be-developed Echols Park will provide a beautiful setting on the lake, walking trails, water sports rentals and maybe even lakefront businesses at some point!
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