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Lake County "officially" opens the new
South Lake Trail Extension linking two cities
With the snip of the shears, Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks cut the ribbon officially opening the 3.5 mile segment of the South Lake Trail Extension. Although the trail has been available to the public, the ceremony was held to recognize the achievement.

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.

Trail Extension Dedication
With a snip of the scissors, the ribbon fluttered to the ground marking the “official” opening of the bridge and South Lake Trail Extension. Shown is a map pointing out the bridge is the exact center of the trail (above). Parks, Travis Campione and Gray start the return trip to the bridge from the westernmost part of the extension. (Photos by Mike Corradino)
Trail Extension Dedication
trail extension dedication
Trail extention dedication
Leslie Campione and Diane Travis smile during comments at the dedication and ribbon cutting for the South Lake Trail Extension. Dozens of people were on hand to mark the event. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
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