Lakeview's $15M Plan Receives Jump Start

Date Posted: 2/27/2014

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center has completed a comprehensive improvement plan that requires a $15 million capital campaign.  The campaign, entitled FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS, will begin its public phase this coming June. This past week the campaign received an amazing gift when Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund presented a gift of $6.5 million toward that goal. 

The gift is a great way to kick start a campaign that will vastly improve the quality of the Lakeview facility. Because of the Moody gift, ground will be broken in March 2014 for the first of two new dormitory complexes with an anticipated construction period of 10 months.  
The balance of the capital campaign will seek to raise an additional $8.5 million for the full completion of Phase 1 over the next 4 years.
Phase 1
Phase one of the project includes replacing the Windham and Wesley dorms,  renovations to Roy Hall, the Snack Shack and game room, and relocating the laundry facility and maintenance shop. Additional improvements include adding an upscale RV park, hiking and biking trails, a rustic/scout camp on the east side of Lake Wilson, and landscaping/design of the central plaza. Infrastructure improvements will include the water and wastewater systems and uniform signage.
Phase 2
Phase two will see the expansion of Fair Village from 7 to 14 cabins and expansion of offices and family life centers as well as the renovation of the central building and coffee shop. Additions will include a labyrinth, columbarium, and outdoor worship court adjacent to Peace Chapel, as well as an arboretum. New entry ways will be added at all three points of egress to the campus – main entrance and the east and west entrances.
Phase 3
Phase three will offer new recreation venues including BMX and extreme games as well as outdoor sports and ball fields, a water park and an outdoor amphitheater.  Also, an outdoor education center and residential summer staff quarters will be created through a conversion of the A. Frank Smith dorms.
The order of the projects in each phase is representative of the most urgent needs as determined by the feasibility study Lakeview conducted in early 2013. However, any one with a passion or interest in supporting a specific project in the latter phases will help assure its completion at an earlier date.
Lakeview anticipates launching the public phase of the capital campaign, FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS, in June. However, pledges and donations for the four year campaign are welcome at any time. Contact and questions should be directed to Brandy Kines, Director of Development and Marketing.