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A New Playground Rises: The Groundbreaking Journey of Horizon West Regional Park

As the sun sets on the open fields of Horizon West Regional Park, a new dawn beckons with the promise of transformation. Nestled in the heart of Hamlin, this treasured park is on the cusp of a remarkable metamorphosis with the commencement of Phase 1 construction.

With the park’s closure scheduled for January 22, 2024, anticipation buzzes through the community. This initial phase, a substantial $10 million investment, is dedicated to establishing the vital infrastructure necessary for the park’s rebirth — including entry drives, park access, retention ponds, parking, and key facilities such as restrooms, a playground, and an event pavilion.

Yet, this marks the beginning of a larger, more vivid dream. The comprehensive master plan for Horizon West Regional Park foresees it as a bustling nexus of activity and leisure. Whether it’s the energetic bounce of tennis and pickleball on sixteen courts, the tranquil journey of a kayak through water, the playful barks from the dog park, or the precision of disc golf enthusiasts, the park is destined to become a mosaic of rich and varied experiences.

The significance of this undertaking extends beyond its vast 215-acre expanse; it lies in its capacity to become the beating heart of our community. The park’s proposed elements — including the Horizon West Branch of the Orange County Library System, multiple sports fields, two basketball courts, a community center, two playgrounds, an outdoor classroom structure, and meandering nature trails — embody a deep-rooted dedication to fostering an environment of inclusivity and health, crafting a refuge for residents, visitors, and nature lovers alike.

Join Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and District 1 Commissioner Nicole Wilson on Thursday, February 15, at 9:30 a.m. for the groundbreaking ceremony. This momentous occasion marks the first step towards an ambitious dream. It’s a celebration of progress, community, and the unyielding spirit of recreation. The event site is at Hamlin Groves Trail and Mann Road, Winter Garden. Directions

Should you have any inquiries or require additional details, please email [email protected] or call Parks Marketing at 407-836-6257

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