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August 2018 Newsletter

August has been an extremely busy month of engagement. We have held focus group meetings and tours, yielding new and exciting information to support our mission. Focus on food service, public art, solar energy, and educational programming have been validated through a wonderful collection of potential volunteers and supporters who share our vision for the park.


Lakeland’s Explorations V Children’s Museum to join Bonnet Springs Park as ‘anchor institution’

Bonnet Springs Park organizers selected Lakeland’s Explorations V Children’s Museum to be the central cultural and scientific partner for the planned, 180-acre park project.

Being located within that park land will benefit the museum and its mission, the museum’s executive director, Kerry Falwell said.


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.


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.


Massachusetts firm to design Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland

The Bonnet Springs Park planners have selected Sasaki, a Massachusetts-based landscape architecture firm with an international reach, to design the proposed 180-acre privately funded park.

“The team we’ve selected has done major waterfront-type parks — urban waterfront parks have been their niche and specialty,” said Bill Tinsley, a former Lakeland Parks and Recreation director who is volunteering his time to the park-building effort.


Sasaki To Hold Two Public Meetings Regarding Bonnet Springs Park Design

The initial phase of public meetings on the proposed design for Bonnet Springs Park will take place Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Magnolia Building located at 205 East Orange Ave. in downtown Lakeland from 8:30AM – 11:00AM, with another opportunity from 3:30PM – 5:00PM.


International Firm Chosen to Design Bonnet Springs Park

A Boston company known for its work planning urban parks has been chosen as lead designer for Bonnet Springs Park, a privately funded recreation space planned for 180 acres west of downtown Lakeland.


Bonnet Springs Park to be Built Near Downtown Lakeland

Local philanthropists are developing a new 160+ acre, privately-funded urban park between West Memorial Boulevard and George Jenkins Boulevard on the east side of Lake Bonnet for the residents and visitors of Lakeland. The planned project – called Bonnet Springs Park – will reside on the former CSX railyards and adjoining historic parcels that once occupied this tract.


Local philanthropists want help creating Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland

It will take a community effort to realize Bonnet Spring Park, the name chosen for the 160-acre, privately funded park intended to be a centerpiece amid Lakeland’s inevitable west side growth, organizers said Wednesday.In the future, residents and visitors will be able to take a swan boat ride across Lake Bonnet, walk the park’s trails, play on its playgrounds and enjoy a meal by the shore, Wesley Barnett said, speaking for his family alongside his brother, Nick Barnett.