Lexington, Ky. – Lakeview Estates Lake Association (LELA) announced today a change in name for their lakes to Lake Fontaine and Lake Hickman. These two private lakes in Lexington, Kentucky are owned by the members of LELA, who are the property owners physically connected to the lakes.
The lakes were originally built by the local water company around the turn of the 20th century and were designated Reservoir #2 and Reservoir #3. They were sold to a developer in 1964 and LELA was ultimately formed as a separate private entity solely for the purpose of maintaing the lakes.
“As the lakes continued to be called Reservoir #2 and #3 over the years, people believed they were still owned by the local water company and used as a source for drinking water,” said Dr. Byron Young, President of LELA. “We wanted to make sure people understood the ownership of the lakes and we would rather live on lakes with appropriate names.”
Lake Fontaine derives its name from nearby Fontaine Road in Lexington. Lake Hickman was formed when a dam was built on Hickman Creek. Both lake names have been approved by the US Board on Geographic Names and are now in the US Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
LELA proposed changing the lake names in late 2013 and put out a call to members for ideas. A short list of proposed names was submitted to LELA members for a vote. Te winning names were submitted to the US Board on Geographic Names.