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
People enjoy the city’s Cypress Youth Sports Complex. But there are 600,000 reasons why they’ll be able to enjoy it even more. That’s how many dollars Mike and Kathy McGee are donating to the city to help cover the cost of additional fields and upgrades to the facility. More
A strip of pasture fronting Lakeland Highlands Road north of the Polk Parkway is transforming into a place for college athletes to practice and play. Southeastern University says it plans to place athletic facilities on 36 acres donated by Ed and Mary Jane Holloway just north of Sam’s Club, The Ledger reports. That land abuts a parcel where Florida Southern College has placed a practice field for lacrosse and soccer and plans a future athletic complex. And Holloway Park just to the east has become a premier site for track and field events.