One of Clermont’s major recreational attractions is getting a new addition.
The City Council on Tuesday approved a new boat ramp to be built at the east end of Waterfront Park at the site of the former Bell Ceramics company, a news release states. The plan includes about 77 parking spaces with additional land for overflow parking or future compatible projects.
Waterfront Park, 100 3rd St., is on the shore of Lake Minneola between East Avenue and Eighth Street. The park is home to city festivals, triathlons, and water sports competitions. Champions Splash Park also is located within Waterfront Park.
The boat ramp plan is estimated to cost about $1.5 million and will take about two years to finish. The move was necessary to allow for the completion of Victory Pointe, a sophisticated stormwater treatment project and urban park that is the linchpin of the city’s award-winning master plan, the release states. (See lakeandsumterstyle.com/victory-pointe-groundbreaking-set-in-downtown-clermont/)
The current boat ramp, near the west end of the popular park, will remain operational until the new is ramp is completed.
The city also plans to reroute South Lake Trail so pedestrians and cyclists will cross East Avenue at the four-way stop at the intersection of Grand Highway, which is considered a safer path than the current location further north, according to the release.