The Leesburg Community Building – a longtime favorite for meetings, weddings and other events – is celebrating nearly 60 years of service with several new updates as part of the city’s improvement program for the Venetian Gardens recreational area.
Completed updates include a new roof, an updated exterior façade and bright new paint. New sidewalks surround the Community Building and the adjacent Venetian Gardens Pool.
The city repainted interior walls, replaced old carpeting and cleaned ceiling tiles. New cabinets, sound and video projection systems will be added soon. Bathrooms will be updated next month.
Most of the changes are part of $61,000 Leesburg budgeted to improve the look of the Community Building and to better accommodate events.
The facility at 109 E. Dixie Ave. in downtown Leesburg has served almost six decades as a popular location for special activities and presentations. The last major renovation was 30 years ago.
“We are very proud of the Community Building - it has been the heart of our community for many years and hopefully will remain vibrant for years to come,” said Leesburg Mayor David Knowles, whose uncle W.A. Knowles also served as mayor when the Community Building originally was built in 1954.
Leesburg recently updated and repainted the exterior walls of buildings at the adjacent Venetian Gardens Pool. The roof and doors of the pool pump house were replaced, and a decorative fountain at the facility was refurbished.
Earlier this year, the city completed the rebuilding of six wooden bridges connecting the 65-acre Venetian Garden’s tranquil islands. The $339,000 construction project wrapped up nearly three months ahead of schedule. Leesburg also removed overgrown and invasive aquatic plants from the shoreline surrounding Venetian Cove.
Venetian Gardens – originally created in the 1930s - is located along the north shore of Lake Harris. The historic park features tranquil, meandering canals surrounding six islands, Pat Thomas Stadium, the Leesburg Community Building, the Leesburg Boating Club, Venetian Cove Marina and Ski Beach.
For more information about renting the Leesburg Community Building and other city facilities, contact the City of Leesburg at (352) 728-9885.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.