Ferran Park is the first public park constructed in the City. It is named after Eustis pioneer and local businessman, Edgar L. Ferran. The park began with the purchase of land between Clifford Avenue and Orange Avenue in 1913 and the construction of a bulkhead (a concrete retaining wall) 250 feet out into Lake Eustis, extending approximately 950 feet along the shoreline. Once the bulkhead was completed, the area was filled with sand from the bottom of Lake Eustis to create the park that is present today.
The Alice B. McClelland Bandshell, built in 1926, is located on the north end of the park. It originally faced Magnolia Avenue, but was relocated to its present site and enlarged in 1936. It was refurbished in 1992 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior on June 23, 1994.
Just north of the Bandshell is the Eustis Aquatic Center and the beginning of the Eustis Lake Walk that extends northward 1/4 mile to the Community Center. Ferran Park proper is approximately 4.5 acres and the community uses the area for various citywide events such as First Friday and Georgefest.
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Ferran Park Master Plan rendering.
The City Commission and City Residents have recently voiced concern over the antiquated facilities and design, recommending taking a fresh look at ways to revive the park to allow for maximum public use. Over six months of research and input regarding alternatives and options for improving Ferran Park to maximize public use and revitalize the lakefront area have gone into the master planning. To date, the following actions have occurred:
The Consultants first met individually with City Commissioners, City staff, and a cross section of stakeholders including business owners, civic leaders and residents to understand the various interests and ideas for improvement.
The City then held a widely advertised Public Input Meeting on May 24, 2012, at the Community Center. Approximately 75 citizens attended and participated in discussions regarding the future direction and amenities of the park. Most of the discussion and recommendations involved the following enhancements:
Enhancement of the band shell viewing area, with provisions for shade
Need for a skateboard park somewhere in the City
Upgrading of the swimming pool to increase usage
Expansion of the pool deck
Inclusion of a water feature, such as a splash pad or water park
Improvement of the park entrance with better visibility from Bay St.
Connectivity to the existing Lake Walk
Enlarging and/or relocation of the children’s playground to encourage more participation
Provisions for special events
Expansion of the park to include all of the public lakefront area and connect to Bay St.
For more information about the Ferran Park Master Plan, call Joe LaPolla, Director of Parks & Recreation, at (352) 357-7969.