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For immediate release - Oct. 28, 2004

State officials to present grant check for playground

TAVARES — State Rep. Carey Baker will make a ceremonial check presentation of $200,000 at the Lake County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 2, for construction of the first “boundless playground” in Central Florida.

“I am excited we can help make a great project like the boundless playground a reality,” said Baker, who will be joined at the ceremony Tuesday by fellow state legislator Sen. Anna Cowin.

The $200,000 matching grant is through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for development of Lake Idamere Park, located at the corner of State Road 19 and County Road 448 in Tavares.

Matching funds for this $400,000 Lake County Parks & Recreation development project will come from the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, public donations and in-kind services from local businesses. Development plans for the second phase of the 45-acre Lake Idamere Park include a fishing pier, canoe launch, bathroom, picnic area, trail extension and boundless playground.

The boundless playground is a successful community collaboration of dedicated parents of physically challenged children, civic organizations and local businesses. In cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Division, the Childrens’ Foundation of Lake County and the Lake County Citizens’ Commission for Children worked to bring the boundless playground to Lake Idamere Park to assure that children of all abilities will be able to play in a safe area created to meet their special needs.

In March of this year, Gov. Jeb Bush and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners helped break ground on the boundless playground project.

“We are very fortunate for getting this grant,” said County Commission Chairman Debbie Stivender. “This is a project that will benefit all Lake County citizens with special needs.”

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cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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