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Lake County to celebrate newly revamped park on July 11

RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2007

GROVELAND — The Lake County Department of Public Works, Parks & Trails Division, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. for the newly renovated Arnold Brothers park and boat ramp, located at 15945 State Road 19, Groveland.

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The boat ramp at this County recreational facility was repaired and new amenities that were added during construction included a 200-foot boardwalk and a pavilion with picnic tables.

The $350,000 project revamped the parking lot giving visitors seven boat trailer spots, six vehicle slots and one handicap spot. The contracted construction company of Sunbelt Construction, based in Seffner, Fla., completed the project on June 15.

"This is the first major renovation of any Lake County boat ramp in recent history," said Bobby Bonilla, Director of the Parks & Trails Division. "In addition, this is the first site that has a fishing pier boardwalk, a boat ramp, a pavilion and a completely paved and lined parking lot."

Located north of the City of Groveland, the .15-acre park and boat ramp provides boaters direct access to the Palatlakaha River. Due to current low water levels, the contractor was able to construct the boardwalk to the natural curve of the river. When the river returns to its normal levels, there will be about two feet of water under the boardwalk.

"This will provide for incredibly good fishing as the fish like to swim underneath boardwalks and around piers," said Bill Howell, Construction Inspector for the Parks & Trails Division. "This park is a very popular site for cane-pole fishing, as a result, the boardwalk will receive a lot of use year round."

The improved Arnold Brothers park and boat ramp is located at Brown's Ford, named for the Brown family of Taylorville, which is now Groveland. The site is an old crossing of a wagon road over the Palatlakaha River. In February 2002, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners designated the area a historic Lake County site.

For more information about the ribbon-cutting ceremony, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 742-0992.



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