|Published:||Jan 20, 2014 10:08 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 20, 2014 10:10 AM EST|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fl. - Dirt is moving on a one-thousand acre plot of land in Eastern Punta Gorda. It's all to make room for an outdoor recreation and live entertainment park.
The park is called Floirida Tracks and Trails and will be located on Bermont Road.
Right now, Bermont Road is a convenient cut through for truckers and drivers.
"You know State Road 31 goes to Fort Myers so some people go down that road, and they use Bermont," says resident Jill Shively.
But with crews clearing the way for 'Florida Tracks and Trails,' Eastern Charlotte County will soon be a destination for visitors, and a nice economic boost for the area.
"This actually became a dream of the owners almost 20 years ago," says Rachael Ketterman, Director of Marketing and Events.
Ketterman says later this year, that dream will be a reality, one they can share hopefully with 20-thousand visitors a day.
"Sport enthusiasts will come and stay and practice for the whole weekend and sometimes longer so we've gotten a huge response form everyone all over the country with just when are you going to open, we can't wait, we can't wait," she adds.
The park will include a 15,000 seat ampitheatre, miles of ATV trails, paintball fields, zip lines, and campgrounds to name just a few of the attractions. Ketterman says they plan to employ about 200 people.
"We have a 5-lane entrance that has to go in, we have 3.5 miles of roadway, designated road for emergency and fire that will encompass the property, we also have 350,000 yards of dirt to move... so we've got our work cut out for us," Ketterman adds.
"I think it's wonderful for families to have things to do together," Shively adds.