Hickory Point in Tavares, Fla., offers a variety of activities for family reunions
The Hickory Point Recreational Facility of Tavares, Fla., is located at 27341 State Road 19. The park is open 24 hours, but pavilion is only open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pavilion rental fees range between $35 and $295. For more information or pavilion reservations, call (352) 343-3777 or log on to www.lcwa.org.
Hickory Point was the main event staging area for the 2nd Annual Wings and Wildflowers festival that was held on Oct 4 - 6, 2013. The 3rd annual event will be held at Venetian Gardens, Leesburg.
Any large park with picnic facilities is a primary location for family reunions, but few offer the full range of amenities like Hickory Point Recreational Facility.
Created as a unique, recreational waterfront park, the 68-acre facility is located near the City of Tavares. With 12 paved boat ramps and ample parking for vehicle and boat trailers, the park is most popular among boaters. However, Hickory Point is no average recreational park.
Families often find the park as a perfect destination for a reunion because of the numerous facilities provided. Along with the boat ramps into Lake Harris, Hickory Point offers a day-use marina (no overnight mooring allowed) with an observation platform and two fishing piers. The marina accommodates boats up to 10-by-30 feet.
The highlight of Hickory Point is its two-story, screened picnic pavilion with first-floor picnic tables and barbecue grills. The second floor features two screened banquet rooms. The pavilion also has a kitchen workspace with countertops and a sink, but no refrigeration is available. The pavilion can accommodate small groups or large gatherings of up to 275 people.
“I would say we get at least two family reunions at the facility a month,” said Gail Goldberg, senior office associate for the Lake County Water Authority. “It’s a popular spot for families. We also have had the pavilion rented for baby showers, birthday parties, club functions, church events, company picnics and wedding receptions.”
The park also features a swimming beach, boardwalks, outdoor picnic areas with barbecue grills, open-field play areas, nature trail, playground, horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court.
“There are a lot of passive recreation opportunities out there for families, and it helps them enjoy nature at the same time as their reunion,” Goldberg said.
Reunions can be planned up to one year in advance. For more information or pavilion reservations, call the Lake County Water Authority at 352-343-3777.