USA Volleyball to Meet with Residents about Proposed Sports Complex

Representatives from the Florida Region of USA Volleyball will meet with local residents on Friday, March 8, to share their proposal for a beach sand volleyball complex at Leesburg’s Ski Beach on Lake Harris. 

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the East Room of the Leesburg Community Center, 109 E. Dixie Avenue. 

The sports facility is targeted to expand Ski Beach’s 3 existing volleyball courts to a total of 16 and also add other amenities. The courts would be used mostly on weekends and host an average of two tournaments each month between March and September. 

Construction funding is available through a grant from Lake County government. Florida Region of USA Volleyball would contribute a percentage of event revenues to help maintain the facility. 

The competition courts could create more sports-related tourism for Leesburg, attracting new tournaments with players from around the country. That would benefit local restaurants, stores, hotels and other businesses. 

The Florida Region of USA Volleyball organizes 150 indoor and outdoor volleyball events a year with beach tour stops in five of Florida’s biggest beach areas. The largest of those competitions can attract 1,200 people including 800 athletes. 

The organization’s high-performance all-star beach program also helps to identify athletes for collegiate and Olympic competition. For more information, visit www.floridavolleyball.org/ski-beach-sand-volleyball-complex-info.html

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.