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Frequently Asked Questions

If you wish to learn more about The Highway Park Neighborhood Council (HPNG) and our community development activities in Lake Placid, Florida, please read our answers to some FAQs. You may also contact us for further inquiries.

What is the HPNG?

Since 2005, 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 an IRS recognized 501c3 in 2012 and is certified under Keep America Beautiful as the Keep Highway Park Beautiful Commission. Our Keep Highway Park Beautiful affiliate won the coveted National Bill Nash Award through Keep America Beautiful for excellence in program implementation and management. We became certified packagers with the USDA 502 Self Help Mortgage Program for low to very-low first-time home buyers in 2021. 

What do we do?

Work on behalf of Highway Park through grant writing, fundraising, special events, multiple community resiliency projects, health seminars, educational workshops, beautification projects, arts programs, poverty mitigation projects (job support, affordable housing program through USDA 502 Self Help as certified packagers, food distribution support) 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. Other short-term vacation rentals with great amenities and great rates are available within the Highway Park Community. 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 along with a very nice fishing pier. Mango, orange, papaya, and other fruit trees grow throughout the neighborhood. 

What else have we accomplished?

  • ONGOING: MLK Jr. Sports Field 2020 - 2022
  • PENDING: Community Demonstration Garden & Teaching Pavilion 
  • USDA 502 Self Help Housing - Certified Packagers
  • Helping Highway Park Cemetery (2019 - current)
  • US Hwy 27 S Veterans Memorial
  • U S Hwy 27 Place Signs identifying this community
  • Village Green Resource Center - 106 Washington Street, Lake Placid, FL 
  • Village Green mini-park - 104 Washington Street
  • Helped Highlands County procure a $727,000 FDOT beautification grant
  • Advocated for 1st sidewalks & paved parking
  • Advocated for fishing pier at Lake Huntley Boat Dock
  • Removed tons of debris in annual GAC
  • Health Fairs, arts events, etc. 
  • Food distribution & support

Who can join the HPNG?

Anyone with a desire to help others. All are welcome regardless of race, creed, religion, ethnicity, or abilities. Must be a resident or owner of property in Highway Park to serve on the Board of Directors. Any interested person with appropriate background/credentials can serve as an advisor to the Board.  Meetings are every 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30PM at 106 Washington Street, Lake Placid, FL or virtually (ZOOM).  Those members who live outside of the community may call in to the meetings. Contact us via email at, Facebook, call (863) 318-7481 or via our website. WE NEED YOUR HELP. See Privacy Policy below

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