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For immediate release - July 29, 2005

Ground breaking for new trail is set for Wednesday, Aug. 10

TAVARESLake County Commissioners and distinguished guests will officially break ground on a new South Lake Trail on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m. in an open field located at 17215 Old Highway 50 (View map), east of the City of Clermont.

Construction of the 5-mile trail from 1354 N. Hancock Road to the Orange County line is a long anticipated project as it completes a connection from the 5.5-mile Lake Minneola Scenic Trail/Clermont Trail to the 22-mile West Orange Trail.

“It’s a needed link,” said Michael Woods, Alternative Transportation Planner for the Lake County Department of Public Works. “Lake County has needed this connection for a long time.”

The constructed trail is to be 15 feet in width and accommodate bicyclist and pedestrian traffic. Construction is to begin this fall on the $2 million project and is scheduled to be completed in about nine months. Through a local agency program agreement, the Florida Department of Transportation will fund $1.6 million of the project.

The majority of the trail will be constructed on an old railroad bed that lies between the cities of Clermont and Winter Garden. Besides offering the communities in South Lake County an excellent recreational attraction, the trail will also serve the National Training Center as a spur from the proposed trail to the Center is already complete.

When completed, the South Lake Trail will be the largest for Lake County Government.

“It’s a big step for the County,” said County Commissioner Bob Pool. “I expect this trail will really jump start the County’s trail program.”


Related Links:
Map of ground breaking
Poster for ground breaking

Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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