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Construction begins on improvements to Apalachee Regional Park

A new $3 million vision for a 10-year-old park
Posted at 6:57 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 18:57:18-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County leaders broke ground to begin the process of major-upgrades in Apalachee Park.

Friday, Leon County leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony at Apalachee Regional Park, to celebrate the start of construction on major improvements.

County commissioner Brian Desloge said the $3 million investment will allow the county to host larger sporting events, add new hiking and biking trails, sidewalks, multi-use stage, bathrooms, wildlife viewing areas, and a permanent finish line structure for the cross-country course.

According to the county, the former landfill site opened as a park in 2009, and has hosted more than 50 regional, state and national cross-country championships bringing in tens of thousands of runners, and millions in economic impact to Leon County.

During construction, a section of the park, including the cross-country course, will be temporarily closed to the public.

Construction will be completed in December 2020.