TAVARES — Governor-elect Charlie Crist will visit Lake Idamere Park, located at 12335 County Road 448, Tavares, on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lake County’s new boundless playground.
Lake County’s first boundless playground assures that children of all abilities will be able to play in a safe area created to meet their special needs. The specialized playground equipment with pour-in-place rubber foundation can be enjoyed by children with physical challenges without leaving their support equipment.
The $700,000 project, which was first introduced to Lake County in March 2004 when Gov. Jeb Bush and County Commissioners held a groundbreaking ceremony, took several years to develop. To provide support for the project, the Lake County Children’s Services Council and the Children’s Foundation of Lake County raised $73,000 in donations for the playground.
Lake County provided more than $400,000 for the project and also received a $200,000 matching grant from the state in October 2004 for the boundless playground. Even with the state grant and private donations, development slowed due to the sheer cost of the specialized playground equipment, which ranges between $300-5,000 per piece. The Parks & Trails Division maximized the allocated funds for the project by completing as much work as possible in-house, such as site prep work and landscaping.
The public is invited to attend this special occasion. For more information about the boundless playground ribbon-cutting ceremony, call (352) 742-0992.