Victory Pointe groundbreaking set in downtown Clermont

The city of Clermont is ready to move forward with the linchpin of its waterfront master plan. The groundbreaking for Victory Pointe is scheduled for 10am June 14 on Victory Way beside the Clermont Historic Village, 490 West Ave.

Victory Pointe (shown in artist’s rendering) is an estimated $8.6 million stormwater management site combined with an ecological public park and event space. It is part of an economic development plan that is expected to generate millions of dollars from new revenue, new construction, and higher property values, city staff says.

A new stormwater pond and a filter marsh will be constructed on a 10-acre site that extends from Lake Minneola to south of Minneola Avenue in the downtown area. The event space will host many of the city’s festivals and athletic competitions, and trails will link the area to downtown businesses.

The project will be funded through grants, Lake County Tourist Development Council funds and public investment, city staff says. Construction is expected to last 12 to 18 months.

Victory Pointe is one of several prime development sites within the city’s master plan, which is designed to move many city-sponsored events and activities west closer to the 8th Street pier and Clermont Boathouse to help connect downtown with Waterfront Park on 3rd Street, a news release states.

Major summer events at Waterfront Park include the Red, White & Boom celebration July 4, when the city plans to create the largest human American flag, along with staging a patriotic pet parade and fireworks display. In addition, the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships begin Aug. 2.

Champions Splash Park and the city’s swimming pool at the Clermont Arts & Recreation Center, 3700 S. Highway 27, are also open. For details, go to www.clermontfl.gov or call 352.394.3500.

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