Since the startup of the next
Trailblazer project is pending, the following is a recap of some of the
highlights of past projects:
Lake Mary Rinehart Road
The enhancement of the trail was
the organization's first project, and was a learning process for both
the city and the Trailblazers. Prior to the beginning of the
enhancement, the "trail" was considered a connector spur that would
eventually link the Cross Seminole trail with the soon to be constructed
suspension bridge crossing I-4. Because of it's relative unimportance in
relation to the overall trail system, the county had done little to
improve it. The trail was a 2.3 mile strip of blacktop, void of grass
and landscaping. It took almost three years of fund raising and
grant applications but when the project was finished, the trail had been
enhanced with $350,000 worth of landscaping, water fountains, bricked
rest areas with benches and planters and a 10 station exercise course.
The trail is now heavily used by local residents and is the site of the
city's annual 5K run which is jointly sponsored by the City of Lake Mary
and the Trailblazer organization.
Trailblazer Park is located at the
Lake Mary Sports Complex just north of N. Country Club Road.
It was chosen as the Trailblazer's second project because Lake Mary
lacked a major play facility for kids. From the beginning, the plan for
the park was that it was to be a state of the art facility, with
equipment that mixed fun with fitness and decision making. The completed
park, funded with $750,000 in donations and grants, opened in 2008 with
an oversized splash pad and a collection of modern play/exercise
equipment not found anywhere else in Central Florida. The facility
is very popular with both kids and adults, especially during the eight
months of the year that the splash pad is open.
The Lake Mary Museum
The Lake Mary Museum was a
different kind of project for the Trailblazers, since the museum was
already in existence. The museum was run by volunteers, but lacked
direction and a steady stream of funding for events and exhibits. The
trailblazer's first goal was to inventory the museum artifacts and
set up an inventory system. While the inventory was in progress, a
business plan was developed and a website was created to promote museum
exhibits and events. Once the business plan was in place and the website
up, the Trailblazers worked with the volunteers to refurbish the museum
and maximize the available exhibit space in the building. Today, the
museum has a cadre of trained volunteers, up to date equipment and
a revenue stream from a schedule of events that attract hundreds of
visitors throughout the year. For more information, visit their website
The Lake Mary Cemetery
The latest Trailblazer project,
the cemetery initiative is scheduled to start soon. The cemetery was
opened in the late 1890's, with the first burial taking place in 1901.
It is considered a historical site. Preliminary plans call for enhancing
the cemetery with landscaping and fencing and expanding the existing
burial plots and adding a columbarium to enable more Lake Mary families
to place their loved ones there. In conjunction with the improvements.
As was done with the cemetery, a business plan will be developed to
guide the future operation and marketing of the facility.
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