UMATILLA — Elected officials from Lake County, City of Umatilla and the State of Florida came together Wednesday to break ground for the County’s newest park, North Lake Community Park.
“This has been a great partnership between the county, city and state,” said County Commissioner Welton Cadwell.
Officials break ground on the new park. From left to right, Umatilla City Administrator Tim Scobie, City Councilmember Jeannie Olson, City Councilmember Ralph Cadwell Sr., City Mayor Benita Martin, County Commissioner Bob Pool, State Rep. Alan Hays, Payne Luce of Spring Creek Elementary, County Commissioner Welton Cadwell, City Councilmember Billy Goodson, County Commissioner Jennifer Hill, and Mike Stone, Jim Myers and Bobby Gibson of the County’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
State Rep. Alan Hays of Umatilla added, “It’s a great privilege to see government cooperation working.”
The city will assist with bringing waterlines to the park and the state pitched in a $200,000 grant to assist with the park development.
The 96-acre park, located north of the City of Umatilla near the intersection of County Road 450 and Roger Giles Road, will feature soccer and football fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and racquetball courts, a picnic area, restrooms and a playground. The estimated $15 million project is expected to take longer than a year and a half to complete.
Attending the ceremony were representatives from the Greater Lake Youth Athletic Program. The program currently offers youth football and cheerleading, however organizers said the new park will help them expand to other sports activities.
“We’re just excited to have a place to come to — a place we can call home,” said Todd Luce, president of the athletic program and a lieutenant with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.