It's been a very long road, so to speak. Tavares is finally ready to celebrate the completion of its Ruby Street Stormwater Beautification Project downtown. The project was originally scheduled to be completed in October, 2017.
The comprehensive project was designed to improve and protect the water quality of Lake Dora, which was designated as an impaired lake by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to the implementation of new stormwater technology, Tavares replaced 80-year old drainage pipes and outfalls, which are expected to resolve the flooding issues that plagued Ruby Street during heavy rains. From a series of new “ponds” and wooden bridges, an 8-acre, walkable Ecological Park was created, which will serve as a sustainable stormwater treatment area. Floating flower and fauna mats will fill the ponds, which will also contribute to removing pollutants. This cutting-edge stormwater treatment “park” will create a scenic green space addition to downtown.
ABOVE: Rendering of beautification to Ruby Street.
The conclusion of the project includes beautification and streetscape of Ruby Street with hand-laid red brick and comprehensive landscaping.
The street party will take place on January 11 on Ruby Street across Sinclair Avenue at 6:00 p.m. with a ceremonial laying of the bricks and a shower of fireworks. Entertainment will follow which includes stilt walkers, karaoke, a strolling piano and live music featuring the 12-piece Blonde Ambition and Beemo, an indie rock-folk band.