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Under an impressive, centuries-old oak, Wesley and Nick Barnett were joined this morning by Realtor David Bunch and retired Lakeland Parks Director Bill Tinsley in announcing plans for Bonnet Springs Park, a privately funded, 160+-acre urban park west of downtown Lakeland. Read on for sketches, photos, a video of this morning’s announcement and the presentation shown to the dozens who attended.
Bunch, who is assembling the property, much of it formerly owned by CSX, is working with Tinsley, who will coordinate park design, and members of the Barney and Carol Barnett family, who are providing initial funding. Community donations will be sought for the project, expected to cost $50 to $60 million.
The developers’ plans call for mitigating environmental damage at the former Florida Tile site, above, and develop it as a commercial and residential mixed-use community. (Concept sketch below.) Proceeds will go toward funding Bonnet Springs Park, Bunch said.