The Friends of Spanaway Lake is a community organization of local citizens comprised
of property owners, users of the lake and other interested parties dedicated to:
These objectives will be attained by a combination of citizen engagement and working
with local and state government and other appropriate agencies for the continued
vitality of Spanaway Lake.
Above from our bylaws.
Note about our group forming from Mel Oleson - Coordinator:
The friends of Spanaway Lake (FOSL) is now a reality that will benefit Spanaway Lake and the lake community. The January 25th meeting was attended by fifty plus persons who saw that if we did not organize that we would lose control of the future of Spanaway Lake.
Thus, with the boring yet necessary part of organizing done, (see bylaws tab) and a great board of directors elected (see minutes) the FOSL presence can now be felt. Councilman McCune's Q&A demonstrates how we can connect.
Felt how? We now have a voice at the centers of power when it comes to what happens to Spanaway Lake and all those people who use it and creatures that call it home. Resource to community; yes, Spanaway Lake is the host to 500,000 people per year according to statistics from the Parks department. Boaters, fishermen, swimmers, nature lovers, inspired artists and many others use the Lake for a relief from the urban pressures of the modern world. This number does not even include the people who access the lake from non-park locations such as the Lakeside drive walkers and scenic car drivers. With a unified voice provided by FOSL we can push the lake communities vision of what the lake needs if it is to be a resource and asset to the community for years to come.
With FOSL the lake communities need and desires for the lake can be harvested into a complete plan for the lakes long term survival. Survival as a resource to us all is not assured. A 2015 study of the lake was funded by the state, thanks to Rep Sawyer, to determine if the toxic algae problem was fixable. As the study quickly determined it was not fixable without an organized effort to control certain chemicals that are fertilizing the lake. That study also surfaced many other concerns from fish stocking to invasive species. The FOSL board and lake community can now take the lead in prioritizing these challenges (your input) and create a viable plan forward. This would not happen without the creation of FOSL- it would be left to government agencies- who with good intentions- may not really understand Spanaway lake the way the lake community does.
OK, enough of the soap box. There is another aspect of FOSL that is very exciting- creating a lake community in which we actually get to know each other and make friendships and partnerships that enrich our lives. A lake community is not just those who live near the lake- it is everyone who appreciates and uses Spanaway Lake. That earlier list of users- they are a critical part of the "Lake community" While the board of directors has a lot on its plate- we can not forget that it is the lake community that will ultimately give FOSL the “muscle” to move priorities onto others lists. Let’s look forward to some great community making ideas coming in from you, such as:
Send your ideas to Friendsofspanawaylake@gmail.com
For those who like to get wet and dirty there are other projects on the FOSL menu that would not be possible without its organizational clout. Some potential projects include, but are not limited to:
FOSL; It’s a good thing and with all of us the Lake will get well and we will have it well into the future.