What is the HPNG?
For almost a decade, this small group has rallied to the needs of the Highway Park community. HPNG was sanctioned by the Highlands County Board of Commissioners. The HPNG is now an IRS recognized 501c3 and is certified under Keep America Beautiful as the Keep Highway Park Beautiful Commission. Our Keep Highway Park Beautiful affilliate won the coveted National Bill Nash Award through Keep America Beautiful for excellence in program implementation and management.
What do we do?
Work on behalf of Highway Park through grant writing, fundraising, special events, health seminars, educational workshops, beautification projects, and advocating improvements with government officials.
Why Choose Highway Park?
Our quaint community has friendly people, excellent cooks, churches, and really great fishing. There are two nice hotels nearby and guests can rent lake front homes on line for short vacation stays. We are close to Disney World, the Seminole Reservation for gaming & airboat tours, fishing, a winery, an alligator farm, and the Everglades. Short drive to the east & west coasts. Still get the best "honey-drippers" (our version of Italian ices) and sweet potato pies found anywhere.
Located on one of the highest points in the area, our community directly fronts US Hwy 27 with viable land for businesses. Taxes are low so your home would be more affordable than in surrounding areas. A portion of our community overlooks lovely Lake McCoy and we have boat access to beautiful Lake Huntley. Mango, orange, papaya, and other fruit trees grow throughout the neighborhood.
What else have we done?:
- Highlands County awarded a $727,000 FDOT beautification grant for Hwy 27 (2015 - 2016 budget cycle) with our support
- Raised over $60,000 through events and sponsorship. Funds used to complete the restoration of a vacant building to become the Village Green Resource Center & Park at 106 Washington Street, Lake Placid, FL
- Hosted Annual Founders' Day Celebrations each October
- Hosted Summer Movies in the Park
- Painted the Star Center
- Purchased paint for two buildings in commercial district - owners actually painted
- Removed broken concrete from in front of these buildings
- Level 100 x 160 feet of property for park
- Cleaned the historic cemetery
- Awarded a $4,000 grant from Keep Highlands County Beautiful, and
- A fishing pier added to the boat dock on Anderson Street..
- Our fishing pier is listed on the Highlands County Tourist Development website .
- The HPNG continues to seek grants and raise funds.
- We are currently restoring a vacant building to serve as an office and community resource center,
- continuing community clan-up,
- developing 1st community sponsored public space,
- conducting educational workshops,
- fundraising, and
- advocating for highway street lights.
Who can join the HPNG?