Lakes Join List of Huckabee-Named Landmarks in State

DECEMBER 27, 2005 - Posted at 4:28 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee has more than a year left in his term, but efforts are underway to make sure he's not forgotten.  Eleven acres of fishing water in two ponds at Hope, the hometown of Mike and Janet Huckabee, is to be dedicated tomorrow as Lake Mike Huckabee and Lake Janet Huckabee.

The lakes, constructed by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, join a growing list of facilities and landmarks named for Huckabee.  Already bearing his name are a Pine Bluff nature center, a building at the Arkansas School for the Blind and a university's school of education.  In the spring, the state will dedicate a nature center in Fort Smith named after Janet Huckabee.

Huckabee spokesman Alice Stewart said the lake and the nature center names were authorized by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  She said the naming wasn't prompted by the governor or first lady, but the idea was something the commission came up with.  In her words, "The governor would never say, 'hey, name this thing after me.'"

The lakes are in Hope's Fair Park, where the city holds its annual watermelon festival.

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