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New park and recreation plans abound in Lake County

RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2006

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Works, Parks and Trails Division, finished off a busy day before the Lake County Board of County Commissioners by presenting a master plan for a regional park, introducing a new program to encourage volunteerism and receiving a state grant for another large park.

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Lake County Commissioner Catherine C. Hanson (right) accepts a $200,000 state grant for development of the Northeast Community Park from State. Sen. Carey Baker.
State Sen. Carey Baker of Eustis helped begin the County Commission meeting in good fashion with a $200,000 state grant to develop Northeast Community Park, located near the City of Umatilla.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for the 96-acre park this year. When completed, the park will include soccer and football fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and racquetball courts, a picnic area, restrooms and a playground.

The Parks and Trails Division also received approval Tuesday to begin production on a master plan for Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve, commonly referred to as PEAR Park. Located off U.S. Highway 27, about two miles south of the County Road 48 intersection, the park encompasses 318 acres.

The park master plan was carefully drafted after several public meetings and includes a series of recreational and nature trails, pickle ball courts, soccer and football field, restrooms and pavilion. For a map of the master plan, click here.

Another exciting addition to Lake County parks is a cooperative effort between the Lake County Volunteer Program and the Parks and Trails Division. The newly introduced Pride, Parks, Pleasure Project will encourage local communities to rejuvenate and enhance some of their local parks. The volunteer effort will help maintain these community assets and protect them from vandalism.

“A larger community presence in all of the County parks is the goal,” said Bobby Bonilla, Director of the Lake County Parks and Trails Division.

To learn more about the Pride, Parks, Pleasure Project, call the Lake County Volunteer Program at (352) 742-6590. 


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