Waterwheel, playground upgrades coming to Lake Sumter Landing

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Two projects underway this week will bring upgrades to Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages.

At Wilkerson Creek Park & Children’s Playground on Old Camp Road, across from Sonny’s BBQ Restaurant, 1128 Canal St., a new pirate ship playground structure will sail in and be moored at the playground docks as the original ship sails away into retirement, according to an announcement from District Property Management. The new pirate ship includes traditional slides and climbing features to encourage physical development and fitness.

The new playground area also will feature an array of colors; American with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible features such as play panels at ground level, musical instruments and cognitive play components; a newly installed rubberized play surface; and an engineered shade structure to further enhance the playground experience.

The area is expected to be closed for construction until the project is completed in late January.

The second project involves rebuilding the Wilkerson Creek Waterwheel, located between the Bass Factory Outlet and Chop House at Lake Sumter on Wilkerson Creek, DPM announced. Not only will the waterwheel be replaced, it will be back in operation to emulate one of the largest waterwheels (28 feet) east of the Mississippi River.

A portion of the parking area behind Bass, as well as some of the walkway, will be closed to the public until the project is completed later this month.

For more information on these projects, call DPM at 352.753.4022.

 

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