Lake County's Countywide Parks and Recreation System Master Plan was developed using a
three-pronged approach that examined existing parks and recreation facilities, analyzed how
recreation services are provided throughout the County, and used a grass roots public
involvement program to gather public input. Three key areas, parks, environmental land, and
trails, are addressed in the Master Plan. Additional elements of the Master Plan include data
and analysis of each key area addressed, a mission statement and objectives that define the
vision for recreation in Lake County, specific recommendations to implement the master plan,
and an appendix containing additional documentation related to the Master Plan.
The primary focus of the Lake County Trails Master Plan is to enhance the existing trail facilities while identifying the community’s needs and priorities for the development of a comprehensive and interconnected trail network. The Master Plan will serve as a guide to the locations, design, prioritization, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive trail network within Lake County.
For a copies of the entire Trails Master Plan or the Parks Master Plan on DVD, please contact the Parks and Trails Division. A nominal fee of $2 will be required per DVD.
Trails Master Plan Update
Download Trail Master Plan Update Information Sheet
The Lake County Office of Parks & Trails recently began the
process of updating its Trails Master Plan, which originally
was adopted in 2008. This update is a chance to review the
progress made and work together to identify new
opportunities for multi-use trails in Lake County. The plan is
being updated in conjunction with the Lake County Parks & Recreation Master Plan to take advantage of the synergy
between the two projects.
Updating the Trails Master Plan includes four tasks:
- Development of a Needs Assessment, which includes
a review of existing facilities, analysis of population
trends, assessment of regional connectivity, and
a look at special and other events.
- Community Outreach, which is integral to
development of the plan and includes meetings with
local groups in each area of the county to get input;
input from the MPO and committees will be critical.
- Development of a Draft Plan Update, in which specific
trail enhancements, maintenance, and funding
opportunities will be recommended.
- A Final Plan Report, which will capture the vision of
Lake County and its diverse populations for their
countywide trails system.
To date, the project team has been gathering information on
existing conditions and background data to assess progress
and start the discussion about future opportunities.
Communities contacted so far include Umatilla, Lady Lake,
Fruitland Park, Eustis, Mount Dora, Tavares, Leesburg,
Astalula, Howey-in-the-Hills, Mascotte, Groveland, Mineola,
Montverde, Clermont, and the Lake–Sumter MPO.
These communities will continue to be engaged in the
process of developing the updated Trails Master Plan.
The project is just getting started, and a lot of work needs to
be done over the next few months. Next steps include:
- Creating existing conditions maps.
- Creating progress maps.
- Assessing regional connectivity.
- Identifying conceptual trails that should be considered.
- Continuing outreach.
- Conducting fieldwork.
We will continue to need your help to ensure that we have a
good foundation for moving into the identification phase and
will be reaching out to you for input throughout the process.
For project information, contact:
County Project Manager
Recreation Coordinator – Trails
Lake County Office of Parks & Trails
1300 Fosgate Road, Minneola, FL 34715
Consultant Project Manager