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Lake County is known for it’s 1,400 lakes and Leesburg is known as the best place to enjoy a day on the water. Set between three of the most picturesque and welcoming lakes, Leesburg invites residents and visitors to relax in natural beauty.
SPOTLIGHT: Downtown Clock
Nothing says “We’re proud of our heritage” like a four-face, cast-iron clock. And Leesburg is definitely proud of its storied past. That’s obvious from the placement of a 16 1/2-foot street clock on Main Street in front of Towne Square. The clock is a memorial to Marvin and Marie Bowden from Kiser Hardaway and family. Marie was the first woman president of the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce and a driving force in the creation of Leesburg’s first public hospital, Marvin owned Eddie’s Grocery Store and Pleasant Oak Trailer Park.
SPOTLIGHT: Main Street
In the 1970s, Leesburg’s downtown was decaying and dying, it’s life drained by urban sprawl. Today, downtown is vibrant and welcoming thanks to efforts of the Leesburg Partnership, Inc., the Florida Main Street Program, and the City of Leesburg and community volunteers. In 1997, the city commission approved a Tax Increment Financing district encompassing 105 city blocks to leverage public funds and promote private sector activity. Those funds make possible a 30-year, multi-million dollar phased development for Leesburg. in 1999, a $1.5 million streetscape project began. The streetscape project included planting 183 trees.
SPOTLIGHT: Farmer’s Market
Downtown Leesburg returns to yesteryear each Saturday when members of the community gather at the Saturday Morning Market for food, entertainment, gifts, arts and crafts, fresh produce and fellowship. The fun begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. Special events like the Annual Scarecrow Build Off, Community Trash & Treasure Sale, and free health screenings are held periodically.
SPOTLIGHT: Leesburg Lightning
Venerable Pat Thomas Stadium/Buddy Lowe Field in historic Venetian Gardens has a rich history. The Philadelphia Phillies trained there in the 1950s. Hank Aaron and Pete Rose played there. So did Hall-of-Famer Rollie Fingers (for Leesburg in 1965). The Leesburg Athletics won the Florida Stadium League championship there.
And now the Leesburg Lightning uphold the proud tradition of baseball excellence. Leesburg’s entry in the Florida Collegiate League, the Leesburg Lightning, won league championships in 2007 and 2009 and finished runner-up in 2010 and 2013. The league begins in June and ends in July. Admission to games is free.
SPOTLIGHT: Flick Night
Forty years ago, mom and pop loaded the kids into the station wagon for a memorable night at the drive-in. Today, Leesburg families make memories at Fun Food Flick Night on Saturdays in Leesburg’s Towne Square. Food trucks begin serving at 6 p.m., with movies starting at 8:15.