For immediate release - April 9, 2007

Official grand opening of South Lake Trail is April 21

CLERMONT — County Commissioners invite local citizens and interested community members to the official grand opening of the 4-mile South Lake Trail on Saturday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m.

South Lake Trail
Crews pour new asphalt and install necessary features for the soon-to-be opened South Lake Trail on April 21.
The ceremony will take place at 14428 Old Highway 50, approximately 1/2 mile east of the North Hancock Road intersection. Joining various County and municipal officials at the ceremony will be participants of a Bike-A-Thon sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association. Beginning at 10 a.m. at Clermont Waterfront Park, bicyclists from the Bike-A-Thon will ride to meet dignitaries at the ceremony location for the trail's ribbon cutting.

After years of diligent planning and construction, the sought-after South Lake Trail connects the Lake Minneola Scenic and West Orange trails creating more than 30 miles of contiguous recreational trails between the counties of Lake and Orange and the municipalities of Minneola, Clermont, Oakland, Winter Garden, Ocoee and Apopka.

The three trails will offer cycling enthusiasts and local residents with an unprecedented amenity. The 5.5-mile Lake Minneola Scenic Trail currently boasts the highest elevations of any rails-to-trails project in the state. Together with the South Lake and West Orange trails, these recreational features will provide a spectacular array of tranquil lake and rolling hill vistas, as well as enough total distance to encourage a host of running, walking and biking events.

Ceremony parking is available on site. Interested individuals can also park at one of three trailhead locations and walk or bike to the ceremony. The trailhead locations are:
• Clermont Waterfront Park — 100 Third St.
• Minneola trailhead — 315 E. Madison St.
• West Orange Trail County Line Station — 17914 Old County Road 50

For more information about the South Lake Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony, call the Department of Public Works, Funding & Production Division, at (352) 483-9000. For more information about the Bike-A-Thon, e-mail All proceeds from the Bike-A-Thon are going to the National Center for Boundless Playgrounds, which is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping communities create specialized playgrounds as seen at Lake Idamere Park in Tavares.



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