Tom Ryan, Chairman of the Effingham Water Authority Parks & Recreation Committee and Trustee of the Lake Sara Forever Foundation and committee members Christo Shultz, Sheryl Habing, Janet and Bob Kennedy, Jeff Brunoehler, and Sophie Kabbes have come together to restore Lake Sara’s 30 acre beach peninsula. They have worked incredibly hard over the past seven years to acquire the beach lease so it could rest in the hands of the water authority and begin the work of restoring the area. They have put on public workshops and taken up surveys from the community to hear what the residents of Effingham want to see and enjoy at Lake Sara. The workshops and surveys were extremely successful and the board has been able to implement the wants of the community into the construction plan.
The committee members, along with Farnsworth Group’s leading landscape architects, have developed an incredible and extensive five-phase plan for the restoration of the lake. It includes a fishing dock, three playgrounds, a life-size chess game, frisbee golf course, biking and walking trails, many adult sport activities and much more. All amenities will be ADA accessible, including plans for an ADA accessible three-hole golf course, water entry, and more!