TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners invites citizens to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lake County Community Blueways Project on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 9:30 a.m. at Wooton Park, located at 200 S. Rockingham Ave. in Tavares.
The project, which is nearly two years in the making, is finally coming to fruition as Lake County officials will host the grand opening for the state’s largest collection of blueways trails. A blueways trail is similar to a hiking trail. Forty-nine physical and geo-positioned markers were installed in the past few months to help guide trail users through the waterways.
An ideal blueway also includes an abundance of scenery and wildlife, and Lake County has plenty of natural wonders to highlight. The estimated 130 total miles within the eight blueways trails are located in four distinct areas of the County: St. Johns River, Golden Triangle, Palatlakaha Basin and Oklawaha Basin. The trails do not impede other uses of the waterways, but simply promote these waterways for canoe and kayak users.
The idea of developing a blueways program was introduced to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners in January 2005. Since then, the departments of Public Works, Environmental Services and Tourism and Business Relations have worked diligently to make them become a reality. The Department of Tourism and Business Relations will unveil maps for each blueways trail next year.
For more information about the Lake County Community Blueways Project or the ribbon-cutting ceremony, call the Lake County Department of Public Works, Parks and Trails Division, at (352) 742-0992.