Excitement Grows ahead of Auburndale's New Water Sports Complex Groundbreaking

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There is a lot of excitement surrounding USA Water Ski Foundation’s initiative to create a world class water sports complex within Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. An official groundbreaking ceremony is set for Wednesday September 28th.

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“We are excited to have reached this point and look forward to the wonderful opportunities this complex will create for the City of Auburndale and all partners involved,” said USA Water Ski Foundation Executive Director Tracy Mattes.

There is a lot of excitement surrounding USA Water Ski Foundation’s initiative to create a world class water sports complex within Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. An official groundbreaking ceremony is set for Wednesday September 28th.

The multi-million dollar water sports complex, which includes the Elite Cable Park, operated by world renowned Aktion Parks; three tournament ski lakes; a new headquarters for the Foundation, USA Water Ski, the Water Ski Hall of Fame & Museum and a waterfront café will bring a whole new “on the water” dimension to the sports park.

New events and water sports are expected to fill the center with plenty of action. The center is also expected to bring more business to the city.

“I am so proud of the partnership that has formed between the Foundation and the City of Auburndale and am so pleased that the USA Water Ski Foundation has chosen to relocate their expanded facility to the City of Auburndale and the Lake Myrtle Park,” said City Manager Bobby Green. “We are looking forward to working further with them on their expansion and look forward to the groundbreaking.”

“We are excited to have reached this point and look forward to the wonderful opportunities this complex will create for the City of Auburndale and all partners involved,” said USA Water Ski Foundation Executive Director Tracy Mattes. “There are great synergies that create a win-win for everyone while creating unique opportunities to introduce new audiences of young people to fun, healthy, family oriented water ski and wake sports.”

Aktion Park’s Director of Operations Andrew Albury sees the new water sports complex as a major draw to water sports enthusiasts on local, national and international levels. “Aktion Parks is proud to be a partner with the USA Waterski Foundation, the City of Auburndale and all the partners involved in bringing this exciting project forward and taking another step in our mission to grow the sport of wakeboarding in a family friendly environment. “

The ceremonial shovel-turning, featuring representatives from partners including the USA Water Ski Foundation, Aktion Parks, City of Auburndale, Polk County, Visit Central Florida, USA Water Ski, Five Star Family Growers, Rodda Construction, JSK Consulting and some of the world’s greatest water skiers and wakeboarders, will take place on the USA Water Ski Foundation property on the South end of Lake Myrtle.

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About USA Water Ski Foundation: Established in 1968, the USA Water Ski Foundation has been an integral part of the history and fabric of water skiing and all towed water sports in the United States. The USA Water Ski Foundation raises funds to preserve and celebrate the history of all towed water sports and to promote and grow these sports through marketing and educational program initiatives. For more information visit http://www.usawaterskifoundation.org

About Aktion Parks: Aktion Parks: a subsidiary of Correct Craft, delivers customers an active watersports lifestyle that is safe, healthy, family friendly, and environmentally conscious. Aktion Parks owns and operates both Miami Watersports Complex and Orlando Watersports Complex, two of the largest cable wakeboard parks in the U.S. and two of the most recognized parks in the world. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit http://www.aktionparks.com.

About Lake Myrtle Sports Complex: Lake Myrtle Sports Park is home to the Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing Headquarters, the governing body for Visit Central Florida and Central Florida Sports Marketing. Lake Myrtle also hosts the Florida Sports Hall of Fame and is the home of the Florida Youth Soccer Association Headquarters. Lake Myrtle Sports Park is owned by the City of Auburndale and managed by Auburndale Parks and Recreation department. Lake Myrtle Sports Park boasts nine (9) collegiate baseball fields and eleven (11) soccer fields that can host a variety of other sports, such as: lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, rugby, flag football, etc. For more information visit http://www.lakemyrtlesportspark.org.

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