Reed: Hickory Point is a fine place for a stroll
TAVARES - Hickory Point is more than a park - much more. It is a true recreational facility. It's also a great place for a walk.
When it was being built in the winter of 1991, people driving past the construction project underway on State Road 19, just north of the Howey Bridge, thought it was going to be some type of commercial property. Maybe a subdivision. Or a mall. Or maybe even an apartment complex.
The people couldn't have been more wrong. It is loaded with facilities for all sorts of recreational activities.
When thinking about the park's highlight my mind goes from one feature to the next, to the next. It has 12 boat ramps, a multi-slip day-use marina, fishing pier, observation deck, two-story picnic pavilion, 21 sand volleyball courts, five lighted soccer fields, a playground and open-field play areas, outdoor picnic areas, horseshoe pits and a swimming beach.
This property is owned and operated by the Lake County Water Authority.