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The playground at Palatlakaha Park (PAL Park) in Clermont will get a much needed renovation after 25 years of service. The upgrade is part of a much larger project made possible with a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and presented by Lake Louisa State Park.

Park Manager and ranger Scott Spaulding presented a ceremonial check for $100,000 to Mayor Gail Ash and Public Works Director Stoney Brunson at a recent city council meeting. In addition to the playground the money from the state was earmarked for improvements to the entire park complex which includes baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, restrooms and a pier.

"The old playground was built in 1991 and had become too expensive to repair and had safety issues," explained City Manager Darren Gray. "Residents at 2013 visioning sessions said they wanted a new playground at this popular park."

The new playground is made by Kompan, which has an international reputation for equipment that encourages children to "explore the world through play." Each piece is tested not only for safety but also to make sure children have fun and exercise in ways that promote health, learning and social inclusion.

The playground is closed during construction and will re-open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 10, at 9am.

PAL Park to get a face lift and new equipment
with help from a grant from the State of Florida
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Mayor Gail Ash accepts a check for $100,000 from Lake Louisa Park Manager Scott Spaulding. Public Works Director Stoney Brunson (right) announced the grant at Tuesday's council meeting. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
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An artist's rendering of the new playground at Palatlakaha Park shows what will replace the deteriorating wooden structure currently on site. The renovation was made possible with a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection.
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