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.
Scheduled speakers at the ceremony include Lake County Commissioner Debbie Stivender and Groveland Mayor Matthew Baumann. The boat ramp at the Arnold Brothers facility was repaired and new amenities 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.
"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. 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.