Recently the Hopatcong Lake Regional News team had the chance to interview Jennifer DeWitt and Donna Macalle-Holly from the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF). The following article is the second of three covering current projects and the exciting plans they have for us in 2017.
The Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) had a very successful year in 2016 and they have many exciting events planned for 2017 for the Lake Community and the surrounding area.
2017 Activities and Plans:
The 2017 Block Party is scheduled for May 13
Last year’s Block Party was the biggest ever but their plans for 2017 will extend that even further with new and creative options. According to Jennifer DeWitt, “We are doing new and more things this year that includes Train Rides and Boat Rides as we attract even more people to this cross-community event. We have already started booking vendors, so if you are interested please lets us know! This is a great day to come out to Lake Hopatcong.”
Additional LHF Events:
LHF Night Out (Spring and Fall):
LHF is in the process of planning two restaurant events for 2017 at community restaurants. According to Jennifer DeWitt, “This gives us a great chance to talk to people one-on-one to understand what they like and don’t like and to gain additional feedback." The dates and places will be announced in the coming months.
Shop Local in July
Shop Local will continue in July but will be bigger and better than before. “We are looking to expand this event and get more businesses involved. We are also looking to do more promotion of this event in 2017,” said Jennifer DeWitt
Lake Loop 2017:
Lake Loop will be scheduled for the fall of 2017 and will seek to draw even more people to the event, which includes three bike ride options, a 5k, a lake paddle and a dog-walk. There’s something for everyone!
Let’s Not Forget Weed Control:
LHF will be continuing their Lake Steward and Lake Hopatcong Water Scouts programs for 2017 to help preserve and keep harmful invasive species out of the lake.
The Lake Steward program is an aquatic invasive species (AIS) education and spread prevention program. The Lake Steward program seeks to prevent the introduction of and/or the spread of three main aquatic invasive species: Water Chestnut, Hydrilla, and Fanwort
The Lake Hopatcong Water Scouts were established to seek out and remove any instances of the invasive water chestnut species.