A proposed recreational trail along the west side of Lake Hunter should use boardwalks to take walkers, joggers and bicyclists over the water instead of hugging the shoreline next to a busy roadway, even if it means the city of Lakeland supplements the project’s state funding, Mayor Bill Mutz said Friday. More
The project to turn 168 vacant acres west of downtown Lakeland into the showcase Bonnet Springs Park is on schedule to open this spring or summer, the park’s developers say. More
The city of Lakeland is exploring the idea of converting the sidewalk along Sikes Boulevard adjacent to Lake Hunter into a multi-purpose trail. More
Lakeland entrepreneur Rich Wills has sold his three FITNiche stores to North Carolina-based Fleet Feet, which has 190 running-store stores in 37 states, The Ledger reports. Wills is retaining FITNiche Events Inc., which times races, and he is working to bring a line of barefoot-style running shoes to market.
After saying for years the city needs to add recreation in fast-growing southwest Lakeland, city commissioners are now pondering a land deal: $7 million for 101.5 acres to house a community park southwest of Lakeland Linder Airport. More
Gov. Ron DeSantis came to Bonnet Springs Park this morning to announce $148 million in infrastructure projects around the state. The biggest award is $42.9 million to the city of Lakeland for a collaboration with Bonnet Springs Park to clean Lake Bonnet and improve drainage, 10 Tampa Bay reports. The funds are part of a federal allocation to help communities affected by recent hurricanes, including Irma, become more resilient to future emergencies. | ALSO: The Ledger | City of Lakeland news release More
Florida Southern College has joined a growing number of U.S. campuses offering a rock-climbing wall as a recreational amenity for students. FSC’s 22-foot wall at the Nina B. Hollis Wellness Center was introduced with a grand opening Jan. 26. More
Five years after recovering from prostate cancer, 76-year-old Alan Grofe of Lakeland has qualified to run a 5k in the national senior games, ABC Action News reports.
Plans to link the Bartow-to-Lakeland Fort Fraser Trail with the city of Lakeland’s recreational trail system got a boost today when Polk County commissioners accepted two land donations just south of the Polk Parkway. More