EUSTIS - After weeks of construction, a greatly improved playground is ready to open tomorrow. The ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm will feature hot dogs and slushies for the kids while supplies last.
The new playground was part of phase one of the planned Ferran Park improvements which also included replacing sidewalks, installing new irrigation and landscaping. Phase two improvements are set to begin later this year and will include beautification of Park gateway entrances, additional parking, landscaping and signage.
The Ferran Park Master Plan aims to revive the park to allow for maximum public use. Some ideas suggested by the public for future improvements include expansion of the pool deck, inclusion of a water feature, such as a splash pad or water park, connectivity to the existing Lake Walk and possibly, a skateboard park. Ferran Park is the first public park constructed in Eustis. It is named after the city's pioneer and local businessman, Edgar L. Ferran. The Park began with the purchase of land between Clifford Avenue and Orange Avenue in 1913. It is also home to the Alice B. McClelland Bandshell, built in 1926, which is located on the north end of the Park. The Bandshell was refurbished in 1992 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.