Groundbreaking Ceremony kicks off construction for South Lake Regional Park

On Friday, April 6th, City and County officials and dignitaries gathered for the official groundbreaking ceremony ushering in the start of construction on what will be a state-of-the-art recreation area complete with a host of amenities. The park is the result of the growing need for athletic fields and recreational facilities to serve the residents of South Lake County.
The new South Lake Regional Park is a 141.29-acre, multi-use regional park located on south Max Hooks Road. The park will have eight softball fields, six baseball fields, soccer fields, cricket fields, eight multi-use fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, canoe launch, volleyball courts, pavilion, playground, equipment buildings, concessions, multi-use trail, parking lots and access drives.
Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH) was responsible for all civil design components of the project including the stormwater management system, lift station and water services. The Site design also includes a SJRWMD master site grading permit and an overall construction plan permit. A major design challenge was how to deal with the 50 plus feet of elevation change of the site. BESH was able to properly grade the site through design to meet all ADA requirements and create a user-friendly park for all.

The park will also give South Lake County an economic boost with tournaments and visitors spending money at local restaurants, hotels and stores.

Pictured are BESH’s Brad Bublitz (3rd from right) and Duane Booth, P.E. (second from right) throwing the ceremonial dirt.

BESH Project in the News!


Marion County held a ribbon cutting to kick off the official opening of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Greenway Trail Santos and Land Bridge phases.  Pictured to the far right with scissors in hand is Duane Booth, P.E. Principal/President of BESH.  He is the Engineer of Record for the Land Bridge Phase and BESH was the Prime Consultant for this project.

BESH’s scope of responsibility included survey, design, permitting, construction administration and quality control. The project  began construction the third week in April, 2017. Design elements include a tunnel design under CR 484, a temporary bypass road CR 484, coordination with all environmental issues (gopher tortoises, sand skinks, scrub jays, etc.), utilizing the existing lime rock road for the trail, where feasible to maintain cost control, and addressing safety issues at trail crossings with proper signage and flush curbs.

The Santos and Land Bridge phases are two of seventeen trail sections forming the Cross Florida Greenway. The Greenway crosses Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. John’s River with more than 300 miles of trail for biking, walking and other non-motorized transportation.

“This is a tremendous economic driver,” said Eric Draper, Director of the Florida Park Services. “People will come from all over the state to Marion County to enjoy this trail.”

The folks that were gathered to ride the trail were more enthralled, however, with the beauty and layout of the trail and were enthusiastic to have such a wonderful, local amenity to enjoy for years to come.

Below are a few links regarding the ribbon cutting and the project.

Long-term Employee Recognition

These two amazing women have worked for the BESH partners for 20 and 22 years respectively! Thank you for your dedication and hard work Amy and Stacey! We count on you every day!

BESH is in the Spotlight!