Clermont’s innovative stormwater system and 24th city park opened to a standing-room-only crowd of about 400 amid rave reviews recently.
The $10.2-million system, which is made up of a series of cascading ponds and lush, water-friendly landscaping, will treat most of the runoff from the western side of downtown Clermont and waterfront. Before Victory Pointe opened, property owners had to sacrifice part of their land for retention areas. Now they can fill in those areas for development and redevelopment.
The importance to potential economic development for Lake County’s largest city and the region has already started to be realized with high-end condominiums on the books next door and several popular restaurants either open or in progress within walking distance.
Victory Pointe has long been considered the linchpin to the success of the master plan. Now the city will focus on Legacy Loop, a spur off the Coast-to-Coast Trail that will go through downtown Clermont, and the Meet Us in the Middle Plaza, which will mark the center of the state’s much-anticipated trail that will run from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
Victory Pointe includes a walking trail, pier, 40-foot observation tower and event venue.
The event was capped off with a show on the Lake Minneola side of the park, featuring the Cypress Gardens Water Skiers.