Bonnet Park candies

People attending public information sessions today are telling the planners of Bonnet Springs Park which features they’d like to see by dropping colored candies into Mason jars.

Want to see an amphitheater? Drop one of your candies into the jar marked “Amphitheater.” The morning session lasts until 11 a.m., and the afternoon session will take place from 3:30 until 5. Both are at the Magnolia Building.

You get 10 candies and a choice of 30 jars. Or you can add a “wild card” if your idea isn’t on one of the labeled jars.

Bonnet Springs will be developed as a private park on 180+ acres west of Kathleen Road between Memorial Boulevard and George Jenkins Boulevard.

Bonnet Springs map

The most popular options at the morning session, based on candies dropped by 10:40 a.m., were: amphitheater, playground, picnic and shade structures, walking paths, bicycle trails, restaurants, event lawn and dog park.

If you can’t attend the meeting, fill out an online survey.

Organizers are planning a “community charrette” in September to share early plans and get more feedback and hope to present a master plan in late December.

The park is being developed by Windsong Park Inc., a non-profit organization whose officers include former Lakeland Parks Director Bill Tinsley, Realtors/community activists David and Jean Bunch and members of the Barney Barnett family.

Windsong has hired Sasaki of Boston to develop a master plan for the park.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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