For immediate release - February 25, 2011
Leesburg Honors John Christian
City, school and community leaders joined together Thursday evening to recognize Leesburg City Commissioner John Christian for his tireless efforts to build the Leesburg Recreational Complex – a symbol of his heartfelt passion to improve the quality of life for his local neighborhood.
A new, bronze plaque was placed just outside the front door of the recreational complex in dedication to Christian’s vision and leadership. Children and parents busily filed through the front doors of the building as Leesburg Mayor Bill Polk, Lake County School Board member Rosanne Brandeburg, community activist Les Johnson and others paid their respects to Christian.
“I pray that this place remains a safe haven for area youth and their families – a place where fathers embrace their sons and daughters, mothers cheer on their children’s teams and where friendships and relationships become stronger, and sportsmanship transcends wins or losses,” Christian said. “Today is not a day for John Christian, but a day for Leesburg, Florida.”
The 11-acre, 14,000-square-foot Leesburg Recreational Complex at 1851 Griffin Road is one of only two municipally owned gymnasiums in Lake County featuring two regulation basketball and volleyball courts, restrooms, administrative offices, outdoor basketball courts and a children’s playground. The city facility is very popular among local residents and also hosts regional athletic tournaments and other activities.
Thursday’s event and plaque dedication were organized by Dr. Erika Jasper and the City of Leesburg.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.