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Major changes could be coming to Lake Manatee State Park, input meeting scheduled for Tuesday night

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MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) - Some major changes could be coming to one of our largest state parks.

The 616 acre Lake Manatee State Park could be getting a new look and some new amenities but before making any changes park officials are asking for the input of local park-goers. 

A 10 year plan for the park will be discussed during a meeting at the East Manatee Fire Rescue District in Lakewood Ranch Tuesday night. 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Division of Recreation and Parks is hosting a discussion of the park's 10 year plan that could change the way people enjoy the park.

Those changes are the expansion of group camping areas, fishing docks along the shoreline of Lake Manatee, additional pavilions for picnic and equestrian facilities for improved horseback riding at Gopher Trail-head.

Also the improvement and repair of 8 existing facilities, 600 feet of trail and point 25 miles of road are proposed in the 10 year plan.

So far the park can accommodate more than 13,000 people daily.

With the new changes, officials hope to accommodate at least 200 more users daily. 

Tuesday's meeting is from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the East Manatee Fire Rescue District in Lakewood Ranch. 

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