Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
01:55 pm
21 March 2019

Groundbreaking set for athletics center at Hickory Point Park

Artist’s rendering provided by Lake County.

The Hickory Point Beach Sand Volleyball Complex already is one of the most unique sports venues available in Lake County. Soon, the site will be even more special.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Hickory Point Beach Athletics Center is scheduled for 10am Thursday, Aug. 16, at 27341 State Road 19, Tavares. The event, which is open to the public, will be hosted by Lake County commissioners, Visit Lake, and the Florida Region of USA Volleyball, a news release states.

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. 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.

“This multi-functional space will provide a great amenity to the growing list of championship events hosted here and the visiting athletes from around the world,” Steven Clenney, manager of sports development for Visit Lake, says in the release. “We thank the (landowner) Lake County Water Authority for their support and partnership, and we applaud the success of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball for making this the best competition beach volleyball complex in the country.”

Steve Bishop, executive director and president of Florida Region of USA Volleyball, says the new athletics center will be a game changer for the Hickory Point complex.

“We will be able to build on the momentum established since the sand volleyball complex opened and enhance our future local, regional, national, and international events,” he says in the release. “This building will set our venue apart from all others in the country. The support and shared vision by Lake County staff and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners has been extraordinary. We are humbled by their trust in our organization and we will continue to produce top-notch events that will positively impact the local area and all of Lake County.”

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.