Digging in the dirt: Hickory Point athletics center project underway

Members of the Lake-Sumter State College volleyball team join Lake County officials during the groundbreaking for a new athletics center at Hickory Point. // Photo by Lake County

Lake County officials tallied some “digs’ on the score sheet this week when they dug in at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hickory Point Beach Athletics Center. The center will be part of the sand volleyball complex at 27341 State Road 19, Tavares.

The event was hosted Thursday by Lake County commissioners, and members of Visit Lake and the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. Players from Lake-Sumter State College’s women’s volleyball team also joined the festivities.

The $1.8 million facility, fully funded through Lake County’s Tourist Development Tax, will support Florida’s largest permanent sand volleyball complex, as well as the soccer fields, fishing docks, and nature trails at Hickory Point Recreation Park on Lake Harris, a news release states. The athletics center includes a clubhouse, locker rooms, meeting space, training room, officials’ room, concessions, and public restrooms. It is designed to attract additional tournaments to Lake County and increase sports tourism in the area.

The Hickory Point Beach Sand Volleyball Complex opened in 2014 and was made possible through a partnership between Lake County, the Florida Region of USA Volleyball, and the Lake County Water Authority. For more information, contact the Office of Visit Lake at 352.343.3918.

Athletics center rendering provided by Lake County.