When I walked into Foundation, The Rolling Stones’ 1971 album “Sticky Fingers” was playing in the background. Peter and Alex Cohen, brothers and owners of the shop, lounged on chairs as they chatted with two customers who were flipping through their newest shipment. “We started to sell records on Instagram to fund the other stuff we […]
I love December in Orlando! While sometimes a white Christmas sounds appealing, I would hate to miss out on all our community offers at the holidays. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my grandkids at our City amenities. Did you know we have more than 40 miles of trails and more than 100 parks and community centers?
In March 2017, Orlando joined Orange County and other jurisdictions by charging a park impact fee on all new construction. This fee cannot be used to replace funds currently allocated for parks; it can only be used for new parks or recreation facilities or for enhancements to or expansions already existing ones.
This revenue, combined with $65 million Orlando is investing in neighborhood infrastructure improvements (none of which will come from general revenue or increase its debt service obligation), will allow for exciting future enhancements to our parks and recreation system.
Years ago, we surveyed residents about what they would like at Trotters Park and Lake Fairview Park and created a detailed master plan for the area. It has guided us as we’ve identified funding to revitalize and program the parks.
At Trotters Park, we cut the ribbon on a new restroom, storage and concession stand facility for current and future soccer fields to utilize.
We’ve earmarked dollars to begin planning and constructing the first phase of exciting renovations at Lake Fairview Park: reopening the shoreline to the public, creating a lakeside picnic area, installing sidewalk paths toward the water and installing a new playground.
I also appreciate the partnership with Florida Citrus Sports to enhance amenities at Lake Lorna Doone Park adjacent to Camping World Stadium, which plays host during the next two months to high school football championships, three college bowl games and the NFL Pro Bowl. Improvements include a lakefront pedestrian path, a splash pad and a new water feature in the lake.
For those who work, play or worship downtown, the corner of Orange and Robinson will be transformed into a public gathering place with a modern retail/eating component, a performance area and an open space.
In downtown College Park, a group of citizens approached the City about making Albert Park more user-friendly and a better central gathering place for our community. Watch for information about this vision as we gather input from neighborhood residents.
As the Creative Village and the downtown UCF/Valencia campus progresses, the City has worked toward relocating two popular amenities: the Pottery Studio and the Tennis Center.
Fortunately, the Pottery Studio has found a new, permanent home at the former Grand Avenue Elementary. Repurposing this campus into a youth and family recreational center lets Orlando provide great amenities while preserving a landmark.
Stay tuned to the College Park Paper for a big announcement about the relocation of the Orlando Tennis Center.
As always, thank you for your support of our College Park community and our great city.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas, happy holidays and best wishes for 2018!