ATASCADERO — While most of the planet is covered in water, clean water is a limited resource that people often take for granted, both globally and locally. In order to promote local water awareness, the Friends of Atascadero Lake and the City of Atascadero have partnered together for this weekend’s Second Annual LakeFest.
The event, scheduled for Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Park, was created by Friends of Atascadero Lake president Don Lynch to highlight the community spirit of the lake, LakeFest Co-Chair Nancy Hair said.
“The Friends of Atascadero Lake work really hard to represent the lake,” Hair said. “We want residents to think of it as a fun and enjoyable environment.”
Atascadero Lake, like many others throughout San Luis Obispo County, has in recent years experienced decreasing water levels, Hair said. In an effort to prevent that from happening again the Friends of Atascadero Lake have been working diligently to raise funds for a two-phase conservation project.
“The first phase was completed in January 2015,” Hair said. “It included the installation of a well drill on Portola Road and a state-of-the-art aeration system. We worked with several local contractors who helped lay pipe from the well all the way to the lake.”
While admission to this weekend’s event is free, funds from the different vendors — 22 retail and six food — will be used to support the second phase of the project.
“Our next plan in the near future is to finish working on the south end of the lake,” Hair said.
From cardboard and duct tape boat races to paddle board races, live music by two bands, a beer garden featuring local beverages, a raffle with countless prizes and Joe’s Little Train, the event will feature an activity for all ages.
“We are expecting it to be a nice, warm Saturday,” Hair said. “So bring your chairs and enjoy a nice day out on the water!”
For more information, contact LakeFest Co-Chair Nancy Hair at 805-674-3850.