Ferran Park located in Eustis, Florida is one of the areas oldest parks. Recreational development of the 4.5-acre park began sometime between 1918 and 1921. There is the perfect mix of year-round activities, history and a beautiful view of Lake Eustis.
Lake Eustis was named for the first commander of U.S. Army Forces in Florida, Colonel Abraham Eustis. This remarkable lake is around 12 square miles and has an average depth of 12 feet.
In the park you can relax in one of the many gazebos or benches and watch the activities. You are welcome to fish from the shore; boats are welcome in the lake as well. There are a few fishing tournaments held throughout the year on Lake Eustis. You’ll see sailboats, fishing boats, jet skis, kayaks and more on the water. If you’re more of a landlubber the park also features a jogging trail.
Ferran Park is home to one of Eustis’ most well known historic places. The Alice McClelland Memorial Bandshell, also known as the Eustis Bandshell, is two story stucco Spanish Colonial Revival building. Built in 1926 and restored by a state restoration grant in 1992. The bandshell was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
The Eustis Bandshell, one of only two in the state, is still used to host entertainment for all ages. Directly behind the bandshell is the Aquatic Center with year round swimming in the heated 6 lane training pool. The facility is city owned and offers such activities as swimming lessons for all ages, water walking classes, lap swim, first aid and CPR, community water safety and special events.
The Eustis Lake Walk a quarter mile walk offers four gazebos with benches and 20 boat slips. The walk parallels the shoreline of Lake Eustis. From there you can see some of the historic sites as the Clifford House home to the Eustis Historic Museum and the Citrus Museum.
There are four entrances to the Lake Walk. Each of the streets leading to the entrance ramps were named for the first Town Council after the town was incorporated in 1883. Those early shapers of Eustis were Charles. H. Bates, Joseph De V. Hazzard, Augustus Gottsche, and Guilford D. Clifford.
Ferran Park and the Eustis Lake walk have much to offer any visitor. As well as being the host to many of the city of Eustis’ events. So why not spend a lazy day in the park?