Centre County President Judge Thomas King Kistler is under no delusions that Save Colyer Lake Inc. can raise the more than $6 million needed to repair the dam.
It’s the group’s job to raise awareness, and show legislators and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission that saving the lake should be at the top of the priority list, he said.
Save Colyer Lake is partnering with with the Canoe Club of Centre County and the Women’s Adventure Club of Centre County to hold a celebration and fundraiser at 10 a.m. Sunday at the lake.
“What we can do is show how treasured and how prized Colyer Lake is in the community,” Kistler said.
The day will include bike rides, a walk around the lake, workshops, filling the lake with boats and kayaks, refreshments and local entertainment. The cost is $20 per person and $40 per family.
Kistler is hoping they can have a couple hundred boats out on the lake to make a strong statement that the community cares. He said the Fish and Boat Commission has been very cooperative throughout the process, even waiving the boat registration requirement to allow anyone to get out on the lake for the day.
He is optimistic that the event will be widely attended.
“I jokingly say if half the people who say they are coming come, we’re going to have a parking problem,” Kistler said, adding that they have taken precautions to find parking for everyone.
There is no record of how many people may come because there was no preregistration, but Kistler said he did get confirmation from U.S. Rep Glenn Thompson, state Sen. Jake Corman and officials from the Fish and Boat Commission.
He hopes it will be a chance to show them that money needs to be found to repair the dam, saving the lake.
Kistler is optimistic that it will get done, saying his weekly conversations with the Fish and Boat Commission have been encouraging. All proceeds from the event will go to Save Colyer Lake Inc., and all that money will go directly to helping fund the dam repairs.