City of Eustis Receives Grant for Recreational Facility Improvements
EUSTIS, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2016) – At the City of Eustis Commission Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 4, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) presented the City of Eustis with a ceremonial grant check for $150,000. The funds will be used to renovate and expand existing City recreational facilities at Carver and Sunset Island Parks.
Funds from the FDEP grant will be used in Carver Park for the resurfacing of the basketball courts. Other City-funded improvements to the Park will include parking lot resurfacing, construction of equipment and electric buildings and the installation of bleachers.
Sunset Island Park improvements include resurfacing of the parking lot, tennis court renovations and the installation of a new skate park. The $500,000 skate park project will be funded, in part by the FDEP grant and penny sales tax revenue. Pending Commission’s adoption of the City’s final budget, work on the project is due to start in fall of 2016 and be completed by the end of 2017.
“Recreational facilities are key to a healthy and thriving community,” said Robert Brooks, Park Manager at the Wekiva River Basin State Parks. “Citizens use them for social gatherings, exercise and competitive sports. I am proud to present this grant on behalf of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.”
This year, FDEP is investing more than $7 million in 137 recreational development projects in local communities around the state through its Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP).
“We are so thankful for the support of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and for their contribution to help us provide more recreational opportunities for our residents,” said Mayor Michael Holland. “Our outdoor recreational facilities not only provide residents and visitors with fun and health benefits, they also improve the quality of life in our community. This funding will further improve and enhance those experiences.”