CLERMONT – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Department of Public Works, the Parks & Trails Division and the City of Clermont, is inviting the public to the South Lake Trail Extension Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, to be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26.
Parking for the event will be located at Lake Hiawatha Preserve, 450 N. 12th St., Clermont. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow for the quarter-mile walk from the parking facility to the ribbon cutting site at the new steel pedestrian bridge. A shuttle will also be provided beginning at 8:45 a.m. to bring guests who prefer not to walk to and from the parking location.
The third phase of the South Lake Trail is over 3.5 miles long and runs from Silver Eagle Road to the Clermont Trailhead. Two new pedestrian bridges were constructed during this phase, including the 140-foot steel stand-alone pedestrian bridge along Lake Minneola, and a 406-foot concrete bridge.
After the ceremony, participants are invited to bring their bicycles and join a group ride or walk along the new portion of the trail.
The highly-anticipated trail portion is part of the Coast-to-Coast Connector, a bicycle trail spanning from St. Petersburg through Orlando and to Cape Canaveral.
The Florida Department of Transportation funded a majority of the nearly $3 million project, with over $130,000 provided by Lake County. The county built the trail and will turn it over to the city of Clermont for maintenance.