Fifth Anniversary for Friends of Lake Panorama

The Sunset Beach playground was the first major Friends of Lake Panorama project completed. It opened in 2016.

By Susan Thompson

December 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of Friends of Lake Panorama. The first meeting of the 501(c)3 nonprofit charity’s board of directors was held December 3, 2013. Since then, the group has made steady progress towards its goal of improving recreational amenities at Lake Panorama.

Over the past five years, more than $800,000 has flowed through Friends of Lake Panorama to support projects both large and small. Of that total, $150,000 came from the Lake Panorama Association, as Friends helped leverage the association’s limited funds for amenities. 

Pre-Orders of LPA History Book Available

A book detailing the history of Lake Panorama is now available for pre-orders. Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years, is a full-color, hardcover 96-page book. It’s sponsored by the Lake Panorama Association, and authored by Susan Thompson. 

The seeds of Lake Panorama were planted in the 1930s, when heavy rains caused flooding along the Middle Raccoon River. Early planners got the ball rolling three decades later, and the Lake Panorama Association was formed in 1968. The book is a celebration of Lake Panorama’s fascinating past, exciting present, and promising future.

"Coffee with the GM" Review

By Susan Thompson 

An estimated 40 people attended the December 6 “Coffee with the GM” held at the LPA conference center. These periodic events provide LPA members the chance to get updates on what’s happening within the Lake Panorama Association. 

John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN interim director of operations, began with an update on the Lake Panorama Rural Improvement Zone (RIZ).