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Sep 02

Around Town: Highlights in the Community August 2022

Posted on September 2, 2022 at 9:32 AM by Stacy VanCamp

City of Apopka Highlights for August 2022

New Traffic Light

A new traffic light was installed at the intersection of Jason Dwelley Parkway and Kelly Park Road to accommodate traffic and ensure the safety of students at the new Kelly Park School.  Planning began back in 2020 for the new light. A traffic study as well as design work were completed in 2021. Construction began in February 2022 and was recently completed. This traffic light is in addition to the new sidewalk, approximately 5,200 lineal feet in length, installed last month to eliminate a hazardous walking condition for students on Kelly Park Road heading to the new school.

New traffic light at the intersection of Kelly Park Road and Jason Dwelley Parkway

Apopka Youth Works Closing Celebration

Students participating in the Apopka Youth Works Program gathered for lunch with members of CareerSource Central Florida, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Apopka Commissioners, and local employers to celebrate another successful year for the program. Thank you to Seafood Station for catering this event!

Speaker at podium addresses audience of students and employers at closing ceremony

Magnolia Park Eco Education Center Grand Opening

City and County elected officials cut the ribbon on the brand new Eco Education Center at Magnolia Park located on the eastern shore of Lake Apopka. Additional improvements to the park include a newly rebuilt pier and a new, all inclusive playground. Mayor Nelson secured the funding for the improvements while he was a county commissioner in 2015 as a way to boost eco-tourism since the park is so close to the Wildlife Drive, a popular birding destination for residents and tourists alike.

Elected Officials cut the ribbon in front of the new eco education center at Magnolia Park in Apopka

Welcome Back School Bus Drivers

School Board Member Melissa Byrd, Commissioner Smith, and Mayor Nelson welcomed back school bus drivers with donuts and coffee on the first day of school at the Apopka bus depot.

School Board Member Byrd, Commissioner Smith, Mayor Nelson and others provide donuts and coffee

Cemetery Road Improvements

Contract work was recently completed at the Edgewood/Greenwood Cemetery. Improvements included repaving and adding roads to the cemetery.

Construction equipment with repaved road in front of the Veterans Memorial at the cemetery

First Watch Grand Opening in June

First Watch opened in Apopka. It is exciting to welcome another sit-down restaurant to the community. Be sure to check them out! The restaurant is located at 1510 W. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL, 32712. For more info, please visit their website at First Watch Apopka.

Mayor with First Watch staff toasting grand opening with coffee mugs

Harmon Road Extension Project Groundbreaking

The City of Apopka held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Harmon Road Extension Project. This project will extend Harmon Road to provide better access to the hospital and the soon-to-be-built Apopka Fire Station 6. 

Elected Officials and Community Leaders pose with shovels at groundbreaking ceremony