January Park Update
Behind the scenes with President Bill Tinsley
As 2020 moves into our rearview mirror, it’s exciting to celebrate the progress the Bonnet Springs Park team has made as we work toward our aggressive opening date. It’s with tremendous gratitude that we think of all the volunteers that found ways to keep the momentum and the contractors and suppliers who have delivered consistently despite the many interruptions of supply chains. Life for many this year has changed, and possibly the way of doing business has changed forever, but the need for outdoor family recreation has become even more important. December brought more flying steel on-site as the Hollis Family Welcome Center rose out of the ground near the George Jenkins Boulevard overpass. Final connections are being welded and inspected in preparation for the second-floor slab. Work at the 47,000 square foot Exploration’s V Children’s Museum continues as elevators, stairs, and the 40-foot retaining wall that will hold back the Franklin Family Mountain on the south end can be seen from Kathleen Road. Our wonderful friends and neighbors in Crescent Heights Subdivision have patiently watched as the heavy grading and pipework for Bonnet Springs Park Boulevard progresses toward its mid-late January opening.
The City of Lakeland and Bonnet Springs Park continue to work cooperatively towards another real game changer for Northwest Lakeland. As co-applicants for a HUD mitigation grant through the State of Florida, our teams are tirelessly working with the City consultant AECOM to acquire a grant that would significantly improve the watershed in the area around Lake Bonnet. If successful, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will have a huge economic, social, and environmental impact.
Thank you for joining our monthly update. We look forward to you following along with us as we continue to build this legacy Park into 2021.
Bonnet Springs Park Pop-Up Event at Black & Brew
Thank you to those who came to Black & Brew to support Bonet Springs Park!
We are incredibly thankful for all of the support you showed us during our week-long pop-up event. We had an amazing week showing you our vision for Bonnet Springs Park! If you missed out on purchasing an engraved brick or bench or becoming a Friend of BSP at the event, you can still do so on our website. We can’t wait to host future community events at the Park!
Give a Charitable Annual Gift to Bonnet Springs Park
If you are looking to make a charitable annual gift to start off the new year, consider the variety of giving opportunities available at Bonnet Springs Park! Since we are a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3), all gifts made to the Park are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Your support will enable us to enrich our community through nature, culture, recreation, and education while offering public spaces that serve the needs of many. Thank you for being a part of this journey!
With your generous contributions and endless support, we can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for Bonnet Springs Park. You can donate through our text-to-give campaign by texting ‘EXPLORE’ to 501-55 or through our website.
Give a Gift of Friendship
As a Founding Friend, help us grow our membership! A Founding Friends annual household membership is ONLY $30.00. It also makes a great gift!
Give a Founding Friends 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.