City parks and trails in Lakeland will re-open gradually, starting Friday, city commissioners decided today. Openings will focus on “passive” parks where social distancing can be maintained, including walking trails, lake shores, tennis courts, boat ramps, Munn Park and the Cleveland Heights Golf Course. Still closed: playgrounds, athletic fields, basketball courts, recreation centers, the skate park.More
Retired Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland reminisced about the last time he saw Hall of Famer Al Kaline, who died Monday at age 85; it was about a month ago over dinner at the Terrace Grille in Lakeland during Spring Training. “He said, ‘Thanks for being my friend all these years. It felt like he was saying goodbye.’ “
One week after closing most city parks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Lakeland City Commissioners today moved to reopen some by Thursday. Parks that will reopen include open-air facilities that commissioners feel can accommodate social distancing: trails, tennis courts, dog parks, boat ramps and the Cleveland Heights Golf Course.More
The city of Lakeland has taken to Facebook to counter rumors. Parks facilities will NOT be open for public daycare or camp while public schools are closed the next two weeks, according to a Facebook post. City staff does not have the capacity to handle unsupervised children, the post said. Any updates on city facilities will be posted to the city’s coronavirus info page.
With Spring Training suspended and the start of the Major League Baseball season delayed because of coronavirus concerns, Detroit Tigers players voted to stay in Lakeland to continue working out starting Monday.
This story is so uncommon that you might one day see it on TV — or a bigger screen. It’s a most unusual combination: 15 or 20 homeless men running for miles on the streets of Lakeland.