New Lake renamed Lewisburg Lake

Wednesday, December 17, 2008
New Lake has a new name.

New Lake has been renamed by the Lewisburg City Council. It's now called Lewisburg Lake.

The change for what had once been the city's source of water came during this month's meeting of the City Council on a request from Mayor Bob Phillips.

"This is one of my pet projects," the mayor said, reopening discussion on a topic he raised months ago when a contest was started to rename the lake that is owned by the city.

"It's under-appreciated," Phillips said, explaining that he saw renaming the lake as a way to draw attention to the body of water that's the centerpiece of a city park which is not within the city limits of Lewisburg.

Lewisburg Lake is south southwest of town. It's about a 3.5 mile drive from the city line and is just off New Lake Road. The road's name will not be changed, according to discussion among members of the Council.

"New Lake was built in 1924," Phillips said. "Before that the City of Lewisburg got its water from an old lake.

"In 1948, some brave councilmen decided to run a pipe to the Duck River," the mayor said of the way the city receives its water supply for treatment at a plant that's practically in the middle of the city.

Lewisburg has received grants from the state to improve the lake with hiking paths and in recent years there have been other improvements to the property which, to an untrained eye, might appear to be a state or federal park.

The contest to rename New Lake drew only a few responses, including one from Bob Hopkins, director of the county's emergency management agency. Noting that since the lake was no longer a water source, but has new uses - hiking, fishing and camping - Hopkins said it should be called new lake.

"But 87 years old is not new," Phillips continued as he brought the decision to the Council during its meeting on Dec. 9. "My proposal is to name it Lewisburg Lake."

Lake Lewisburg was never considered, but one resident suggested the dock be named Faris Landing.

Kristin M. Costanzo, a state planner assigned to help Lewisburg, has concluded that city has authority to change the name of the lake without consulting other authorities since the city is the owner, the mayor told the Council. State officials will be informed of the change so their records can be updated.

Phillips then called for a motion to rename the lake and Councilman Odie Whitehead obliged. Councilwoman Quinn Brandon seconded the motion and it was adopted unanimously.