What is now the city of Lakeway started 50 years ago, and city officials and volunteers have been busy planning community activities and designing keepsakes to mark the golden anniversary of this city along Lake Travis.
Plans for the anniversary include:
- Heritage Week from April 15 to 19;
a Lakeway-themed sing-along and dinner show at the Lakeway Activity Center April 25, 26 and 27;
- a Fourth of July celebration;
- a free October birthday party for the city with children’s programs and a community hoedown;
- and the Golden Anniversary Ball at Lakeway Resort and Spa in November.
City Council Member Dee Ann Burns-Farrell, who’s overseeing the anniversary committee, said residents have come forward to suggest ideas for activities and volunteer for anniversary projects.
“I am so proud of our community,” Burns-Farrell said this week. “As you can see, they are all working hard to celebrate the anniversary of Lakeway in style.”
Lakeway began when residents bought lots near the Lakeway Inn, which is now the Lakeway Resort and Spa. The village of Lakeway was incorporated in 1974, and a decade later, Lakeway’s population was 1,020. When the village’s population was more than 5,000, residents voted for Lakeway to become a home-rule city. It went through a boom through 2000 when its population grew about 90 percent, and Lakeway’s population in 2010 was 11,391, according to the census.
Two keepsakes in honor of the city are available this year: a commemorative flag and a coverlet.
The flag shows Lakeway’s logo and the words “Golden Anniversary.” Lacie Hale, assistant to the mayor and city manager, said so far the city has received four orders for the flags, which is being sold in two sizes, 4-feet-by-6-feet and a 5-feet-by-8-feet, for $65 and $90 respectively and can be ordered through City Hall.
The woven cotton coverlet shows images from around town in either cranberry or Williamsburg blue on an ivory background. The $50 blanket is 48-inches-by-68-inches.
The idea came from Lakeway resident Patricia Jacobsen, a member of the Lakeway/Hills Solos, a 96-member group for area single residents who are age 55-plus. The Solos group started in the 1990s as a way for people in Lakeway and the Hills of Lakeway to make friends and do recreational activities together such as go to dinner and theater events.
Jacobsen said eight design committee members from the Solos wanted the coverlet to depict Lakeway history and show newer Lakeway buildings such as the Lakeway Activity Center, Heritage Center, City Hall and the Lake Travis Community Library.
A city resident for 26 years, Jacobsen joined the Solos in 1998. Jacobsen said she remembered helping to create a similar coverlet in 1996 for another Lakeway organization and pitched the idea of creating a new coverlet to Burns-Farrell.
“I thought it would be a good project for the 50th,” Jacobsen said.
1963: Lakeway begins as a small community near the former Lakeway Inn, which is now the Lakeway Resort and Spa.
1974: Lakeway becomes an incorporated village.
1990: Lakeway becomes a home-rule city.
1990-2000: City’s population grows about 90 percent.
2010: According to the U.S. Census, Lakeway’s population is 11,391.
Want a coverlet?
Pre-order Lakeway’s golden anniversary coverlet by sending checks made out for $50 to the Lakeway/Hills Solos. Mail checks to Lakeway Council Member Dee Ann Burns-Farrell at Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway, TX 78734. Indicate the check is for Lakeway/Hills Solos Coverlet, also include color preference and contact information.