fbpx
Newsletters

December 2019

Equipment to Build a Park

Provided by Bill Tinsley, CEO

We thought you may enjoy a brief focus on a few of the pieces of equipment involved in building BSP. The skilled staff and specialized equipment who are implementing Sasaki’s design are enabling the transformation of this historic site.

Equipment 1

Efforts to reroute damaging drainage to preserve the upland tree canopy brought in larger equipment.

Equipment 3
Equipment 4
Equipment 5

Even Larger equipment was brought on board by the contractors to begin the process of moving almost 315,000 cubic yards of soil.

Equipment 6
Equipment 7
Equipment 8

Land sculpting began in earnest. These GPS operated machines are able to provide the data necessary to create the grades efficiently and accurately.

Equipment 9
Demolition of buried infrastructure required big and rugged specialized equipment for success.
Equipment 10
67 test wells were installed or existing on site as the site was prepared for construction.
Equipment 11
Occasionally this equipment has to stop and be repaired.

Equipment 12
The lagoon, now under construction, requires even more specialized hauler to remove the soils in tough conditions.

Leading Farm Lender, AgAmerica, Partners with Bonnet Springs Park

AgAmerica is announcing the inauguration of the AgAmerica Heritage Gardens scheduled to open in 2021

AgAmerica, one of the largest, non-bank agricultural lenders in the United States for farmers, ranchers, and landowners, today announced a new partnership with the Bonnet Springs Park in Downtown Lakeland, Florida, set to open in the Spring of 2021. Both organizations are teaming up to highlight Central Florida’s rich history through the inauguration of the Bonnet Springs Park, which will feature the AgAmerica Heritage Gardens, within.Once the park opens, visitors will first encounter the six-acre AgAmerica Heritage Gardens within the 180-acre Bonnet Springs Park. These beautiful gardens will sit atop a repurposed former rail yard and pay tribute to the farmers and railway men and women who established this community. Prior to its reclamation, the rail yard was the economic engine for the growth of Polk County in the late 1800’s, and the largest train repair yard in the state of Florida. Bonnet Springs Park aims to enrich the community by combining and promoting the use of nature, culture, recreation, and education in the area. The AgAmerica Heritage Gardens will support the community by providing a space to escape, engage, and explore the area all while visitors learn about the extraordinary history of agriculture in Central Florida.

“Through design and content, Heritage gardens will pay tribute to the historical influences of railroads and agriculture. We are thrilled to have AgAmerica’s participation in this Legacy Project. AgAmerica, its wonderful leadership team, and employees are the perfect partners for Bonnet Springs Park in pioneering Central Florida’s new 180-acre park.”

Bill Tinsley, CEO of Bonnet Springs Park

“Through d“AgAmerica’s mission is to celebrate the critical role of the American farmer and to champion all the hard work they do in feeding the world. To work with another group of individuals that share our values, is not only remarkable, but guarantees this project was a great fit and will come together to honor our farmers.”

Brian Philpot, CEO of AgAmerica

The project will feature native plants and grasses that will bring both beauty and function to the space. The diversity of the plants in the AgAmerica Heritage Gardens will convert the space into a living classroom for visitors. By seeing the rich flora and fauna, guests will learn about the history and landscape of Central Florida.
For more information on Bonnet Springs Park, and the latest updates on the project, visit their website here.

children at play

About AgAmerica

AgAmerica Lending was founded with roots in agriculture and an entrepreneurial spirit, offering a spectrum of loan solutions that supports long-term production and success for farmers, ranchers, landowners, and investors. AgAmerica focuses on agricultural real estate financing for the 2.1 million family farmers by providing flexible loan solutions that allow the farmer to thrive in good times and sleep well during tough times.AgAmerica has a boots-on-the-ground approach to working with farmers across the U.S. to reduce their ag loan payments, finance new operations, purchase land, consolidate and refinance farm debts, upgrade farm equipment, and increase working capital. Learn more about AgAmerica’s product offerings and company culture by visiting www.agamerica.com.


As a Founding Friend, help us grow our membership!

A Founding Friends household membership is ONLY $30.00. It also makes a great gift!

Give a Founding Friend membership as a birthday, graduation or wedding gift! Be an advocate for the park and be sure to tell people everywhere that you go about the great work that is being done to bring this amazing resource to the community. There are still so many people who haven’t yet heard about Bonnet Springs. Be sure to tell your friends, acquaintances, co-workers and fellow members at the organizations where you belong, such as PTA, sports teams, church groups, social and civic clubs to go to www.bonnetspringspark.com and become a Founding Friend!

Founding Friends is a unique group of individuals and families who have demonstrated their support of Bonnet Springs Park prior to the Grand Opening. 

January 2020

January 17, 2020
Colors of Development Both the North and South mountains have been completed in the remedial phase of the site work. With nearly 38 feet of…

November 2019 Newsletter

November 1, 2019

August 2019 Newsletter

September 10, 2019

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. 

Scroll to Top