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CITY TO CONDUCT PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON LAKE BEULAH TRAIL PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

           

CONTACT:

Chuck Barmby

Transportation Planner

863/834-6011

 

 

  CITY TO CONDUCT PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON LAKE BEULAH TRAIL PROJECT

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 21, 2013) - The Florida Department of Transportation and Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) are funding improvements around Lake Beulah in order to beautify this gateway into Lakeland and the surrounding neighborhoods and to improve conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit patrons.  Through this project, the existing five-foot wide concrete sidewalk will be replaced with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt multi-use trail.  This project also includes the installation of decorative lighting along the trail, landscaping and transit stop improvements including the construction of a new transit shelter at the Hartsell Avenue intersection.

 

The City of Lakeland will conduct a public information meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) Offices located at 1212 George Jenkins Boulevard, Lakeland.  The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format with no formal presentation, allowing attendees to view the displays at their convenience.  Materials on display will include illustrations of the proposed improvements and project schedule. City staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns.

 

For more information, contact Chuck Barmby, Transportation Planner, at 863/834-6011.

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Road Construction: Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Belmar St

On Monday June 24th City of Lakeland crews will be begin intersection improvements at Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Belmar Street. The concrete island will be removed, new curb alignment and pedestrian crossing improvements will be constructed. 

Belmar Street will be closed East bound to thru traffic for approximately two days. Motorist are encouraged to use alternate routes. Construction will continue beyond the two days, however no closures and only minor delays will be encountered for the remainder of the project. The project should be complete within two weeks, weather permitting.


SIMPSON PARK GYMNASIUM TO BE DEDICATED IN HONOR OF COACH MAC

SIMPSON PARK GYMNASIUM TO BE DEDICATED IN HONOR OF COACH MAC

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 12, 2013) -- At 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th the City of Lakeland will dedicate the gymnasium at Simpson Park in honor of Sylvester Douglas McArthur, known by many as Coach Mac who passed away February 2011 at the age of 75.  McArthur dedicated over 40 years to the betterment of his community through coaching and mentoring at risk youth. 

 

He was employed by the Polk County School Board for 26 years and the City of Lakeland for 15 years.  It was during this tenure as coach and recreation supervisor that he helped shape the lives of numerous young men and women. McArthur taught many children how to swim at Simpson Park Pool. He also was a football and basketball coach at Rochelle High and Lakeland Senior High.

 

Marquis Roberts, Recreation Supervisor II at Simpson Park Recreation Complex said, “I use to come to Simpson Park as a kid and I had some great positive role models like Coach Mac.  I saw how he dealt with the kids and I knew then that I wanted to be like him.”  He added, “Coach Mac was definitely an influence that helped shape me to be the man I am today and now I’m a Recreation Supervisor at the very same place where Coach Mac helped guide me.”

 

McArthur was a pillar in the African American community and a faithful member of Rose Heights Lodge 318. He was a major influence for a number of athletes from Lakeland to attend college and he assisted many to attend his beloved Bethune-Cookman University.

 

For all Coach Mac’s hard work and dedication to the City of Lakeland the Gymnasium will be dedicated in his honor on June 15, 2013 at 1 p.m.  The Simpson Park Community Center is located at 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. 

 

For more information regarding the City of Lakeland and the Parks & Recreation Department, visit www.lakelandgov.net.  Follow the City of Lakeland through social media by searching City of Lakeland once you are logged-into Face Book or follow us on Twitter @ lakelandgov.

 

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MERRITT VS. TROLLER - CITY OF LAKELAND COMMISSIONERS BATTLE IN WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION

MERRITT VS. TROLLER

CITY OF LAKELAND COMMISSIONERS BATTLE IN WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 10, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland recently initiated a weight loss program for employees as part of an overall corporate wellness initiative that also includes health screenings and a dedicated clinic for City employees.  Commissioner Troller and Commissioner Merritt are both participating in the weight loss program and they have proposed a friendly bet on who will lose the most weight.  The losing Commissioner will donate $100 to the charity of choice of the other Commissioner.

 

The weight loss program started May 1st and will run through the end of October with the final weigh-in taking place November 1st.   Commissioner Troller said, “We have had two weigh-ins and I’ve lost over five pounds in four weeks by reducing my intake of fast food and by walking at least 10,000 steps a day per my pedometer.”  He added, “I’ve replaced sweets with fruit and soda with water.

 

Commissioner Merritt said, “I’m very eager to help promote a healthier community and I believe the Walk Lakeland initiative where I invite members of the community to walk with me on the 1st Tuesday of each month is doing exactly that.  I would like for people to get off the couch and exercise.”  Merritt said, “The friendly bet with Commissioner Troller has given me the little incentive to watch what I eat as I try to exercise more.”

 

Troller said, “I wear my pedometer every day. May the skinner man win and I’ve already identified my charity of choice to Commissioner Merritt because I’m confident that I’ve got this.” Commissioner Merritt said, “On the first Tuesday of each month I meet up with walkers at a destination around Lakeland for a brisk walk. No timers, no medals, just an opportunity to get up, get out and start walking.”

 

The next Walk Lakeland event will take place at Lake Hunter.  Walkers will meet at the Lake Hunter Boat Ramp located at 650 Sikes Blvd. on Tuesday, July 2nd at 6 p.m.  Keep track of where the next Walk Lakeland event will take place on the City’s website at www.lakelandgov.net or receive updates through social media by searching City of Lakeland once you are logged-into Face Book or follow us on Twitter @ lakelandgov.  All ages and fitness abilities welcome.

 

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