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 public meeting Monday, April 24, at 5 p.m.
The meeting will be held outdoors at PEAR Park, 5336 University Ave., Leesburg. The park is located off U.S. Highway 27, about two miles south of the County Road 48 intersection. The public is advised to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes as the meeting will include tours of the site. Accommodations will be made available for anyone unable to walk.
From public comments received through e-mail, letters and at the last community meeting on Jan. 23, park planners have redesigned previous plans to include some of the park features the public had requested. 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. Proposed plans for the park include several improvements, such as ball fields and a nature walk.
After the public meeting, the proposed PEAR Park plans are expected to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners this summer. For more information about this public meeting, call the Lake County Parks and Trails Division at (352) 253-4948.