Partners of Lake Wichita
Partners of Lake Wichita
The old saying “Many hands make light work,” couldn’t be truer. The Lake Wichita Revitalization Project is putting that philosophy to work and has gathered key groups to work together to make light work of the enormous task of making Lake Wichita into a recreation destination. Partnerships are split into two categories; Principle Partners and Project Partners. Principle Partners are those entities whose partnership supports the Lake Wichita project as a whole, while Project Partners are focused on a specific element of the Lake Wichita project. The gathering of partners, with diverse skill sets, resources, and points of view, brought together with a common vision and goal will help ensure the success of this holistic community revitalization. The efforts of which are coordinated through the City of Wichita Falls’ Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee.
Principle Partners: The Principle Partners for Lake Wichita are the City of Wichita Falls, Lakeside City, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation, and the Lake Wichita Chapter of Friends of Reservoirs.
The City of Wichita Falls owns and operates Lake Wichita for recreation and flood control. Lakeside City is founded on the shores of Lake Wichita and life in Lakeside revolves around Lake Wichita. Both cities have vested interests in Lake Wichita because of its historical significance to their communities, its ability to provide social and recreational benefits to area citizens, and its economic impact. http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/ http://www.lakesidecitytx.org/
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages and conserves the natural and cultural resources of Texas and works to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations, including at Lake Wichita. http://tpwd.texas.gov/
The Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation is a local foundation with a vested interest in increasing the quality of life of our community and does so by serving as a charitable bank for local organizations. The foundation is serving as a proud partner of the Lake Wichita Revitalization project by hosting the fund and providing financial services. http://www.wfacf.org/
Friends of Reservoirs is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting and/or restoring fisheries habitat in reservoir systems nationwide. FOR is the funding arm of the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership, an organization of natural resource professionals and industry representatives, associated with the National Fish Habitat Partnership. FOR is also a coalition of local citizen groups dedicated to improving fish habitat in reservoir systems. One such citizen group is Lakeside City, who has established the Lake Wichita Chapter of Friends of Reservoirs and works closely with TPWD Fisheries Biologists to help support the Lake Wichita project. http://waterhabitatlife.org/
Project Partners: Currently partnerships have developed for two project comments of Lake Wichita, the Paddling Trail and the Branding and Marketing Campaign. Heroes on The Water (HOW) has teamed up with us on the Paddling Trail and local firm Hoegger Communications has jumped into the branding and marketing aspects of the project.
Heroes On the Water is a non-profit organization devoted to helping our Nation’s warriors and veterans from all branches of the United States military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. What looks like a day trip of paddling and fishing is in fact something much deeper and long-lasting. HOW utilizes the mental health aspects of fishing and being in the natural environment to help our veterans heal and become whole again. HOW is partnering on the paddling trail segment of the project by helping to design the trail to ensure that our wounded servicemen and women will be able to fully utilize the trail. http://heroesonthewater.org/