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Montverde, Lake County officials to celebrate park improvements as part of the Annual Montverde Day Festival

RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2007

MONTVERDE — On Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m., officials from the Town of Montverde and Lake County will join the public in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new improvements to Kirk Park, located near the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Division Street.

With the assistance of approximately $67,136 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the Town of Montverde was able to add two handicap-accessible parking spaces, half of a basketball court and assorted playground equipment to Kirk Park.

"You should see the kids as they are putting it up this week — they are going wild just waiting to go in there," said Town Clerk Wayne Nichols. "I am just absolutely amazed by the transformation of the park. All of the sudden we came from the 1950s to the 21st century."

Saturday also marks the 28th Annual Montverde Day Festival from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event at Kirk Park features children's activities, live entertainment and booths with arts, crafts and food vendors.

The CDBG program is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which makes funds available to local governments. Lake County became an entitlement community in 1999 and started receiving funds in 2000. The Department of Community Services, Housing and Community Development Division, administers the Lake County CDBG Program. The Division is responsible for ensuring the funds are used to improve the living environment, quality of life and housing opportunities for low and moderate-income citizens.

In previous years, CDBG funds awarded to the Town of Montverde helped add ADA-accessible restrooms and two handicap ramps to the Kirk Park Community Building and ADA-accessible restrooms and handicap ramps to the Town Hall Building. In addition, CDBG funds have also helped the Town install sidewalks. Other Lake County municipalities that have recently received CDBG funds are the City of Tavares for improvements to the Ingraham Community Center, the Town of Astatula for sidewalks and playground equipment and the Town of Lady Lake for sidewalks and road resurfacing.

For more information about the Lake County CDBG Program, call (352) 742-6515 or log on to Lake County CDBG Program Web page.

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