County commissioners recently approved a new state-of-the-art fieldhouse that will be added to the 21-court Hickory Point Beach sand volleyball complex on Lake Harris in Tavares. The 4,000-square-foot auxiliary building, set to open in spring 2018, will feature locker rooms with showers, restrooms, meeting rooms, a training room, a concessions area, and storage.
“We could not be more excited about the construction of the Hickory Point Beach Fieldhouse and the impact this first-class facility will have on not just Hickory Point Beach, but Lake County’s entire sports tourism industry,” Robert Chandler, Lake’s economic growth director, says in a news release. “Hopefully, this will send a signal to the entire sand volleyball world that Lake County is serious about our commitment to the sport and our desire to be the nation’s premier sand volleyball facility.”
The Florida Region of USA Volleyball, headquartered in Eustis, partnered with Lake County and the Lake County Water Authority to jointly build the beach complex on the 68-acre Hickory Point Recreational Facility. The beach complex offers professional-level net systems, stadium-quality lighting, a professional speaker/intercom system, antennas, and pads on every court, short court lines, 24 inches of top-quality washed white sand, 20 feet minimum between courts side-to-side, and 35 feet minimum between courts end-to-end.
The addition of the fieldhouse is expected to further enhance Hickory Point Beach’s reputation and value. Teams from more than 90 cities across Florida, 19 states, and 14 countries have played at Hickory Point Beach since its grand opening in summer 2014. Numerous local, regional, national, and international events have been hosted at the facility, and the estimated economic impact of Hickory Point Beach on the local economy has been about $1.6 million over its three years of operation, the release states.
“We are extremely grateful to Lake County and the Lake County Water Authority for their continued partnership and support of the Hickory Point Beach project, especially the addition of the fieldhouse,” Steve Bishop, executive director of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball, says in the release. “This partnership is truly pioneering and it is benefiting local, national, and international volleyball athletes of all ages.”