The history of the lake took an added twist when the G D & A renamed the lake, the Wavin Lake, as a gesture of thanks to the company.
July 1994: Developments
A further stage in the development of the project was reached with the completion of local amenities around the lake for which a special feature was organized with the Evening Herald. At this stage the GFC had
Stocked the lake with rainbow and brown trout Preserved the wildlife area
Planted new trees
Built a car park
Created a walkway around the lake to make it more accessible to local people.
The measurement of the success of this project for Wavin is perhaps most aptly described by Irish Times journalist, Derek Evans:
“In these times of recession, it is refreshing to report on a truly splendid gesture which most capture the imagination of all anglers. On Thursday last Wavin Ltd. donated the rights of a 33-acre lake to the Gormanston & District Anglers, thereby setting a precedent unrivaled in modern Irish angling.” (Irish Times, 30.1.93)
Unusual photographers and colorful editorial featured at each stage of the project in both the national and local press. Reaction from the local community was warm and intense judging from the scores of people who attended the official opening ceremony.
For the G D & A, having its own lake has resulted in a membership increase of 500%. In 1992 it had 40 members and now it has over 200 and still going.
In 2004 because it was decided by the club to remove the brown trout stock from the lake and t turn the Wavin lake into an all year fishery.
January 2007 to present: more developments
In 2007 Gormanston & District Anglers club in conjunction with OPW and support of local residents and with the kind donation from Wavin for the piping, re-piped the Salmon stream into the lake to guarantee our supply of quality water and avoid local flooding in the area.
In 2008 Gormanston Anglers received funding from Fingal County Council to erect a boat maintenance shed and winter boat platform, which phase one was completed in 2009
The club arranged its first nature awareness day in March 09 inviting the local St Oliver’s National school to the lake, the field trip was on the day of a our first 09 stock. The 60 kids that attended, witnessed the stocking and assisted senior members in same. Fly casting tuition was also provided by M Robert Kenny our club president and a number of the committee members gave talks on angling methods. Bird Watch Ireland were also on hand to show the kids some of the 56 species of bird that live in the environs of the lake.
In 2010 in conjunction with FAS, the lake now has a maintenance team working part time, this team maintains the lake and environs. The lake is now safe to walk around for both anglers and nature lovers to enjoy the wildlife
The club continues to look forward and are engaging in more projects to improve the lake for all anglers and local citizens.