Leesburg Cleanup Focuses on Recreational Areas

Leesburg Cleanup Focuses on Recreational Areas
Posted Date:9/24/2014
A large team of city employees converged on historic downtown Leesburg this week, sawing tree limbs, cutting overgrown grass, washing facilities and filling bags of litter in a collective effort to improve the appearance of public recreation areas. 

In all, nearly 50 people worked for five hours Thursday to remove 220 cubic yards of landscape debris from the Fountain Lake and Magnolia trails. Truckloads of material was hauled away to Leesburg’s former landfill on Neely Drive, where it will be converted into environmentally friendly landscaping mulch available for free to the public. 

Leesburg’s Public Works Department organizes the large cleanup once a year to complement the city’s regular maintenance of public facilities. Recent years focused on Venetian Gardens – the city’s 64-acre park on the north shore of Lake Harris. 

Public Works includes various city divisions such as water, wastewater, storm water, solid waste, fleet services and facilities management. 

The scenic Fountain Lake Trail is a paved path for runners, walkers, cyclists and other kinds of recreation extending nearly a mile from North Canal Street to U.S. Highway 27. The trail runs along former railroad access and passes by a historic train depot and Leesburg’s popular Fountain Lake Park. 

The Magnolia Trail is more than half of a mile long between 12th Street and South Canal Street. It passes through quiet residential neighborhoods that include Leesburg’s Historic Mote-Morris House at 1195 W. Magnolia Street. 

Last year, Leesburg added another 3.5 miles of recreational trails in the area. 
The Leesburg-Wildwood Trail runs a total of 2.7 miles from just south of the Palm Plaza Shopping Center on U.S. 27 west to Jones and Veech roads near County Road 44. More than half a mile of the Gardenia Trail branches off north to the Griffin Road. 

The overall Leesburg Greenway Trail system is proposed for 553 acres and will include – among other things - several trail segments spanning 24 miles, connecting neighborhoods throughout much of Leesburg. 

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 21,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.