Lake Hollingsworth


If you’ve lived in Lakeland long enough, you’ve seen several efforts to place restrooms on Lake Hollingsworth for the comfort of people who walk, run, bike, skate or otherwise travel the 3-mile path that circles the lake.

In the past, city officials have sided with those who oppose restrooms because of cost or fears that it will attract vagrants.

Now comes Rich Wills, a runner and owner of Lakeside Village fitness gear store Fitniche. He’s leading a new effort to install restrooms, pointing out that the nearest public facilities are nearly a half-mile from the path and across a busy road.

WFLA Lakeland reporter Holly Bounds talked with Wills, as well as path users on both sides of the issue, as well as City of Lakeland spokesman Kevin Cook, who noted the issues of cost, maintenance and homeowner opposition.

Here is her report:

WFLA News Channel 8

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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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