Ricky Painter started the Facebook group "Clean Up Lake Sweetwater Beach" in early June and has garnered more than 580 likes as of Tuesday.
Painter says the lake has not been properly maintained for years, and has slowly lost touch of what it used to be.
"I learned to fish and ski on that lake," recalls Painter. "Many people across the Big Country have memories and strong family history with the lake."
As a personal goal, Painter proceeded to start the group and inspire others to join.
"I want to make a difference," says Painter. "I want the lake to transform into something better.
Painter created a board, with him being the president. The group had one official clean-up day with around 30 people showing up. Throughout the weeks, many volunteers took their time to bring equipment and bags to trim bushes, pick up trash, and cut down trees.
His ultimate goal is to restore the old buildings and structures, build new swings, upgrade restrooms, and make the lake handicap-accessible. Most recently, volunteers were able to clean up the area around the ampitheatre.
"We are not just talking about getting things done, we are going to get them done," Painter said.
Painter has planned a kick-off fundraiser event called Jam @ The Dam on Saturday, July 26th located at the Lake Sweetwater ampitheatre. The event will benefit the families of Cassidy Crain and Devin LaRue, the two Sweetwater men killed in a traffic accident in May.
An account has been set up at the Sweetwater Improvement organization located at the chamber of commerce. If anyone is interested to donate or become a sponsor, to call the office.
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