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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks a New Dawn for Horizon West Regional Park!

On a bright morning on February 15, 2024, the community came together in great anticipation for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Horizon West Regional Park, marking a significant milestone in the region’s growth and community development. This momentous event was not only a testament to our community’s resilience and ambition but also a celebration of future possibilities for the 215.25-acre expanse at Hamlin Groves Trail and Mann Road in Horizon West.

Development plan for the first phase of the Horizon West Regional Park.

The event was a prominent display of public interest and support, significantly attended by residents, whose eager anticipation was mirrored by community leaders and Orange County staff members and officials. Parks and Recreation Manager Matt Suedmeyer set the stage for the day’s proceedings with a warm welcome.

The inspiring words of Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and District 1 Commissioner Nicole Wilson resonated among the attendees. Mayor Demings revisited the park’s inception in December 2010, recalling the potential envisioned by past administrators for this sweeping tract of land. With a nod to steadfastness and anticipation, Mayor Demings reminded us that patience indeed begets rewards: “Good things come to those who wait. So, we are getting to that point. The best is yet to come,” he stated confidently, acknowledging the county board’s commitment to a $15.6 million park investment.

Commissioner Wilson highlighted the community-driven ethos behind the park’s design, acknowledging that every detail had been sculpted through the community’s voice and collective desire. She beautifully articulated the essence of what parks represent — health, wellness, beauty, and family — and her hopes for the park to serve as a crucible for joyful memories for many years to come.

Programs Director Patrick Panza, District 1 Commissioner Nicole Wilson, and Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings breaking ground at the ceremony.

Patrick, who is currently serving as the chairperson of the Orange County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board after being appointed in December 2022, was honored to take part of this event. As a key bicycle and pedestrian representative, his contributions to the advisory board have been significant, and his presence at the groundbreaking symbolized his dedication to improving community infrastructure and recreational spaces.