Non-profit group shares development plans for Lake Lomond in Longview

The lake is located at Highway 80 and Lake Lamond Road in the city limits of Longview and has long been private property. But it’s now on its way to becoming a
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 1:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 7:49 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Lake Lomond is one step closer to opening to for public use.

The lake is located at Highway 80 and Lake Lamond Road in the city limits of Longview and has long been private property. But it’s now on its way to becoming a public park.

Like most of us, Bessie and Hudson Johnson have friends, but they also have a second group called Friends of Lake Lomond. That is a nonprofit they established to turn that Longview lake into a park.

“We’ve got at least a phase one, and kind of a bigger broader idea that hasn’t been completely detailed,” Hudson said.

They say to build phase one they need about $2 million.

“And that is to establish and implement the trails, as Hudson mentioned, around the lake where we can safely add trails where there is enough space on the land, and also some boardwalks in the wetland area. And to add the facilities such as parking and restrooms, signage, things that are going to be required to kind of make this a useful space for people. And that’s all under phase one,” Bessie said.

Phase one is mapped out on their website. They have worked with:

“Environmental consultants now and some park planners that have helped us realize where we need to have those trails to have the least amount of impact,” Hudson said.

It will not be a water skiing or swimming kind of recreation area.

“You’ll be able to boat, kayak, non-motorized,” Hudson said.

He says it’ll be the same with the trails. It’s about people or wind power. There is a problem with the dam.

“Our spillway, we’ve got to do a little work. We’ve got drilling underneath it. Water over the years has kind of drilled underneath it. And so, our water levels are probably three or four feet lower than they should be right now,” Hudson said.

They plan on a short-term fix and are hoping for the city’s help.

“We’re also working with TCEQ and FEMA to get some federal grant money to repair the whole dam,” Hudson said.

“Dam repair aside, they expect phase one and two to cost about $4.6 million to make Lake Lomond a “thriving space for people in the community to use,” Bessie said.

Friends of Lake Lomond also would like to see the lake trail connected with the Longview trail system.