Lake Herrick Reopening / by Julian Alexander

Lake Herrick as seen at dusk on Oct. 17, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. Lake Herrick is part of the University of Georgia intramural fields complex. (Photo/Julian Alexander)

Lake Herrick as seen at dusk on Oct. 17, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. Lake Herrick is part of the University of Georgia intramural fields complex. (Photo/Julian Alexander)

On October 17, 2018, the University of Georgia hosted a dedication ceremony to reopen Lake Herrick in Athens, Georgia. The lake is part of the UGA intramural sports complex just south of East Campus Village.

The lake had been closed for 16 years. In 2002 the lake was closed due to pollution. Within the past few years, serious attention and effort has been given towards rehabilitating the lake and surrounding waterfront. Partners on the project included the Georgia Power Foundation and Riverview Foundation.

Originally the lakefront featured a sandy beach for UGA students, however the newly reopened area has been completely redone. The waterfront now includes lawn space and trails; close to the water vegetation has been planted. UGA students are able to rent canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards through the Ramsey Center.

I covered the dedication, where there were four speakers and a ceremonial ribbon cutting to declare the lake open. After the ribbon cutting, Recreational Sports staffers gave a small boating demonstration from the new boat launch dock.