Since Lake Wichita revitalization efforts began in 2012, Steve Garner has been a passionate advocate, often being referred to as “The Lake Guy.” Garner stepped down in June 2018 as chairman of the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee he led since its formation in 2013.
[It] doesn’t matter where you go, but you run into people who say: ‘Hey, you’re ‘The Lake Guy,’ or ‘Boy, I’m so excited about what’s going on at the lake.’ And that’s been a real blessing for me,” Garner said.
Since helping develop plans for revitalizing Lake Wichita in 2012, Garner said it’s been rewarding to see how much progress has been made.
“I mean, it’s just one big step after the next. It’s just time for someone else to be taking those steps and time for me to step away and let other people get involved in this community-changing event,” Garner said.
Garner is stepping down so he can spend more time with family and focus on his full-time job.
Ex-Officio committee member Tom Lang, who’s been involved with this project from the start with Garner, said the committee takes up a lot of time and effort.
“He’s (Garner’s) been with us for a long time. And I take my hat off and thank him for that. It’s a journey of a thousand miles, so we just keeping taking one step after the other,” Lang said.
Steps newly elected committee chair Penny Miller said need to be taken.
“This is a great project. We need it for Wichita Falls. It’s a great quality of life, great economic boost,” Miller said.
“There are boards and committees in this community that need active members,” Garner said. “And I’m going to encourage everybody that wants to make a difference, to just stick their hand up and say: ‘Let me.'”
Letting others take the rudder and follow in the wake left by “The Lake Guy.”
Garner is not stepping away entirely. He’ll continue to advocate for the lake, encouraging people to donate to lake revitalization efforts.