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Sculpting Lakeland’s Rail Yard into Bonnet Springs Park

By Sara-Megan Walsh Found on TheLedger.com. Click here to view. LAKELAND — Six trucks can be seen transporting sand and dirt across the future site of Bonnet Springs Park as it undergoes a rapid transformation. Bonnet Springs Park officials said construction of the roughly 170-acre private park is on an “aggressive schedule” to open in 2020. Bill …

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Alice in Wonderland

Spring Forward

By Leslie Perrez, Associate Asla On a Florida Brownsfield site, Sasaki Rehabilitates and eroded slice of urban wilderness. There are 38 named lakes in Lakeland, Florida, but as far as Bill TInsley knows, only one freshwater spring. A small seep spring, it bubbles clear, 72-degree water our of Florida’s sandy soils just west of downtown, …

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Bonnet Springs Park rendering by Sasaki Design

Bonnet Springs Park on LALToday

Picture this: It’s a Saturday morning. You’re kayaking in Lakeland with your friends on the glistening waters of Lake Bonnet, snapping photos of wildlife in a vibrant botanical garden, and thinking of the live oak exploration + orange grove walk you’re planning to take later. Can you envision it? We can. Enter: Bonnet Springs Park – a new public …

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Lakeland’s favorite gator reinvented as giant jungle gym

By Kimberly C. Moore Found on TheLedger.com. Click here to view. LAKELAND — Blinky the Alligator is returning to Lakeland, but this time at Bonnett Springs Park where he will be reincarnated as a 100-foot-long, interactive jungle gym with lights and sounds and a slide for a tail. “There’s a certain fascination about scale,” said the alligator’s …

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Bonnet Springs Park to be a New Central Park for Lakeland, Florida

Ecological “jewel” The site certainly was far from “community ready” when the project began. For years the park site remained a vacant brownfield from prior industrial use as one of Central Florida’s major railroad centers, the Lakeland Railyard. Sasaki now faces tough remediation and ecological conditions with 84 acres of land that contain arsenic and petroleum hydrocarbons. The team is using creative, complex remediation strategies and design tactics to convert this damaged land into the “Central Park of Lakeland.” In a bold early move, they will utilize a variety of remediation strategies including creatively stockpiling the most contaminated material into large hills that act as landscape elements completely transforming the park’s future typography.

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Explorations V Children’s Museum Named as Anchor Institution at Bonnet Springs Park

At Explorations V Children’s Museum’s annual event, Night at the Museum, Board President, Joe Lauk, announced the Children’s Museum has been named the anchor institution at Bonnet Springs Park.

Bonnet Springs Park is a new development on 180 acres of land purchased from CSX by the nonprofit organization, Windsong Park, Inc. The Park is spearheaded by retired director of City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation, Bill Tinsley, long-time real estate developer, David Bunch, and Board President, Barney Barnett.

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Three concepts revealed for mega park coming to Lakeland

The planners have spent the last couple of months soliciting feedback on what it should look like. David Bunch is one of the people behind the development of Bonnet Springs Park. It’s going to be a 180-acre park with a lake, part of it a former rail yard and the rest a heavily wooded area that’s been largely left untouched.

Design Concepts Unveiled for Massive Urban Park

The team designing a massive urban park west of downtown Lakeland unveiled three concepts today and asked community members to let them know which features they prefer.

People attending two sessions today about Bonnet Springs Park were asked to give feedback via a scorecard, and those who weren’t able to get there will be able to review the plans (below) and fill out an online survey, expected to be available later this week via the park website and Facebook page.

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.

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.

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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