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Meeting scheduled Jan. 23 to discuss the future of PEAR Park

RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2006

TAVARES — Staff from the Lake County Department of Public Works Parks and Trails Division will present plans for the future development of the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve, commonly referred to as PEAR Park, at a community meeting Monday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Leesburg Community Building, located at 109 E. Dixie Ave.

“The proposed plan includes nature walks and ball fields, but we really want to get the public’s input in terms of what they think should happen out there,” said Bobby Bonilla, Director of the Lake County Parks and Trails Division.

PEAR Park is located off U.S. Highway 27, about two miles south of the County Road 48 intersection. The 318-acre park was leased by Lake County several years ago from the State of Florida and has quickly become a popular regional park for County citizens and visitors as it features the Dr. S.J. Stephany Memorial River Trail and a dog park.

After the public meeting with the community, the Lake County Parks Division, along with a contracted consulting company, will design plans for future improvements at the park. The plans are expected to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners this summer.

For more information about the community meeting, call Bonilla at (352) 253-4948.

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