By Bill Tinsley
LAKELAND, FL – 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.
The media and public will have a chance to meet chosen park planner, Sasaki, hear firsthand their insight into a project of this scope as well as provide input for future design elements of the park. There will be a multi-station set-up and interactive activities during both available meeting time slots.
“We are anxious to engage with the Lakeland Community and share our Master Plan Design process. Citizen input is paramount to effective design.” says Gina Ford, who leads the Sasaki team.
Bonnet Springs Park is a privately-funded, 180+ acre planned 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, developed by local philanthropists and world-renown master planner/designer, Sasaki, will reside on the former CSX railyards and adjoining historic parcels that once occupied this tract.
Bonnet Springs Park is a 501(c)(3) corporation – d/b/a Windsong Park, Inc. – and has proposed plans including nature trails, an amphitheater, multiple playground areas, historically-themed areas, miniature trains, botanical gardens, bike paths, public art displays and much more. The park is slated to open by 2020.