Work is nearly complete on the first phase of Lake Hiawatha Preserve. The new, 200 acre plus passive park will officially open November 15.
Lake Hiawatha Preserve is named for the adjoining body of water of the same name. The property, formerly owned by Inland Groves, was acquired by the city last year.
The new park will incorporate sections of the newly expanded South Lake Trail. The trail extends from the former 12th Street terminus to South Lake High School in Groveland. Portions now wind through the preserve.
The park, meanwhile, will have a main building, covered picnic area, playground, parking and trails. A dog park and small boat area is expected to be added later.
Lake Hiawatha Preserve is located on CR 561 across from Lake Minneola and on the shores of Lake Hiawatha.
A play tower made to look like an old grove water tower anchors the play area at Lake Hiawatha Preserve. Workmen spread pine straw over the area while workers complete other parts of the play equipment. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
The park features a large, covered picnic area with tables and an administration building with restrooms. The final touches are being applied to the first phase of the park. (Photos by Mike Corradino)
A rustic looking sign marks the entrance to the nearly completed first phase of Lake Hiawatha Preserve. The passive park will open November 15. (Photo by Mike Corradino)