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August 2022 Newsletter

Behind the scenes with President Bill Tinsley

Wow! It is so great to get the opportunity to report the final stages of work that are going on at Bonnet Springs Park. With just weeks left until the October 22 Grand Opening, the Rodda Construction team has all eyes on the Park. Final paving and striping are underway from George Jenkins Boulevard to the Event Center at the north end. The Crenshaw Canopy Walk, a spectacular experience in the canopy of the old oak tree forest along the Blanton Family Lagoon, is in final installation with handrails and seating underway.

The Event Center
The Event Center
Blanton Family Lagoon
Blanton Family Lagoon

Butterfly gardens are being installed, along with final plantings and landscaping, taking advantage of lots of sunshine and summer rains. Dredging of the lagoon, a several weeks-long process, is actively underway. This final step in the lagoon construction is a key component in establishing the wildlife corridor in the transitioning wetlands to Lake Bonnet.

On the building front, most of the buildings have received their temporary certificate of occupancy, signaling their substantial completion. Creative Arts, our exhibit designer is bringing the railroad and agricultural history of this land to life in the Watson Clinic History Gallery and in full production of the GiveWell Nature Center Gallery.

The nature gallery will allow students and visitors to better appreciate their environment through the story of algae, pollinators, plants, animals, birds, and all wildlife residents of the Park. Educational opportunities throughout the park are aimed to entertain while making us all better stewards of the environment.

Watson Clinic History Gallery
Watson Clinic History Gallery

The logistics to the finish line are making each day exciting as the talented team of designers and contractors work with the Bonnet Springs Park team to bring this jewel to you. Through the generosity and vision of our board this true miracle is closer each day to your opportunity to experience this amazing place. We look forward to seeing you in October.


Behind the scenes with CEO Josh Henderson

The dog days of summer are upon us. Very soon the dog days of BSP will be here as well. Our staff is very passionate about our four-legged friends and how they will enjoy the Park…after the grand opening weekend. Yes, our grand opening is going to be one for the ages, but due to anticipated crowds, we are asking everyone to leave their pets at home. After the crowds have dwindled a bit, we know Bonnet Springs Park will be an ideal place for a healthy dog walk. Here are a few tips to remember for you and your pup this summer.

1. Remember that asphalt and concrete get very very hot in the summer. Check the ground temps and please protect their paws.

2. Stay hydrated. Portable water bowls are a great idea for dogs, but we recommend Bonnet Springs Park’s reusable water bottles for humans.  

3. Morning and evening walks are easier due to less heat.

4. Seek shade whenever possible.

We are counting down the days until we can welcome you and your furry friend to the Park. See you soon!

Bonnet Springs Park

Grand Opening Weekend! 🌿

Grand Opening Weekend

Grand Opening Weekend is only a few short weeks away! Have questions about what to expect? Check out our website for more information. Stay tuned for more exciting grand opening weekend updates!


Let’s Get Married! 🌿

wedding

Are you looking for a venue rich in history with modern flair? Look no further than Bonnet Springs Park! Century old trees, classic Florida foliage, and state of the art amenities are just a few things the Park has to offer. With several locations to choose from, BSP is excited to host future weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, and more. Contact us for your venue rental needs and a member of our team will reach out to you!

📸: Dan Austin Photography


Friends of Bonnet Springs Park Update! 🌿

The new Friends of Bonnet Springs Park membership tiers are here! When you become a Friend of Bonnet Springs Park, you will be a part of ensuring the lasting legacy of the Park for generations to come. Join us and become a friend today!

Each tier has its own perks. Check out our annual membership options. New memberships are available for purchase now, and the perks of your annual membership will start on November 1, following the October 22 Grand Opening!

Friends of Bonnet Springs Park

Kiwanis Cares for Kids Treehouse 🌿

Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Cares for Kids Treehouse is soon to be the coolest birthday party spot in Central Florida. With a winding ramp, the treehouse will be fully accessible to anyone who wants to explore! Check out our recent video to see what awaits you on October 22! 


Volunteer With Us! 🌿

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends or even spend time with the friends you have. Check out all of our volunteer opportunities and register to make some memories with friends new and old!

Volunteer

Leave Your Mark on the Park! 🌿

Brick

Looking to leave a lasting legacy at Bonnet Springs Park? We’ve got you covered! Visit our site to learn more about sponsoring engraved bricksBricks purchased after 9/30/21 cannot be guaranteed to be placed by the grand opening. For more information, contact Hannah at hannah@bonnetspringspark.com.

Donate

Bonnet Springs Park is a privately developed public park that depends solely on public support. There are several ways that you can help make this dream for Lakeland's future generations become reality, and make it possible for friends and families to create endless memories at the park.

Volunteer

There are many ways you can help in the enabling of this magnificent regional park, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities. Bonnet Springs Park is looking for volunteers, sponsors, patrons, and professional services to help in the design and implementation. 

Donate

Bonnet Springs Park is a privately developed public park that depends solely on public support. There are several ways that you can help make this dream for Lakeland's future generations become reality, and make it possible for friends and families to create endless memories at the park.

Volunteer

There are many ways you can help in the enabling of this magnificent regional park, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities. Bonnet Springs Park is looking for volunteers, sponsors, patrons, and professional services to help in the design and implementation. 

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