In July of 1979, the Town of Windsor was officially gifted 86 shares of Kern Reservoir, what is now present day Windsor Lake. The reservoir shares were gifted from the Kodak Corporation Colorado branch which established in Windsor in the late 1960s.
The idea to donate Kodak’s shares in the Kern Reservoir Company was first shared by Howard Smith, Kodak Colorado General Manager, upon learning from the Army Corps of Engineers that a costly spillway needed to be installed in order to prevent serious flooding in the event of a bad storm. The alternatives to the spillway were lowering the level of the lake, or draining it completely and selling the land. Smith wanted to see the lake go to the Town so that the decision fell upon them rather than Kodak. He refused to drain and sell of the lake because he understood its importance to the community.
In fall of 2019 Windsor Town Board discussed formally dedicating Windsor Lake to acknowledge the gift and the importance it holds for the community. A dedication was tentatively planned for spring, but could not happen due to state-wide gathering restrictions.
“Today the lake not only serves as a working reservoir, it is the crown jewel to our park system,” said Public Services Director Eric Lucas. “It is important because Windsor Lake is a critical piece of Windsor’s history, and the dedication of shares to the Town by Kodak ensured that the lake and water would remain in the Town’s care forever.”
The official dedication is scheduled for September 14 at 4:30 p.m.at the Boardwalk Park boat launch. The dedication is open to the public. Attendees are asked to follow all state heath guidelines.
Image provided courtesy of the Town of Windsor Museums.