The new bridge where the dedication took place marks the exact center of the trail stretching between Florida's two coastlines. The bridge, and therefore Clermont, is the exact center of the state. It is 101 miles in either direction to the coasts.
Parks told an audience that included fellow commissioners Leslie Campione, Tim Sullivan, and Welton Cadwell, Clermont Council members Ray Goodgame, Diane Travis and Keith Mullins, Groveland Council members Dina Sweatt and Evelyn Wilson, chamber ambassadors and officials and other staffers, that lake County is well on the way to completing its segments of the trail system.
The segment of the trail in the Clermont City Limits will be maintained by the city. Currently under construction are new restrooms, two docks and a rest pavilion across CR 561 from Lake Hiawatha Preserve that will be part of the project.
Parks joined City Manager Darren Gray, Diane Travis, Leslie Campione and Edgardo Negron on bicycles to cross the newly dedicated bridge.