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Starting April 29th Common Ground Park will be closed for approximately three weeks while a new artificial playground surface is installed. Common Ground Playground opened in February 2009. The playground surface in the park is artificial turf specifically manufactured for playgrounds by ForeverLawn.

The play surface at Common Ground has failed after four (4) years into the eight (8) year limited warranty provided by ForeverLawn.  ForeverLawn has determined that the failure is not due to excessive wear and tear, misuse or abuse of the turf. They feel that the fiber deterioration is uncharacteristic of their product and unique to our site, leading them to believe that there was a production problem with the particular run of turf received. Therefore they have agreed to warranty the entire ½ acre of artificial playground surface in the park.

The original cost of the material and installation of the artificial playground grass was $224,425. ForeverLawn has agreed to replace the turf product at a cost to the City of $22,000. They will remove and install the new turf for an additional cost of $25,000. Staff has recommended a product upgrade to a more durable material at an additional cost of $13,200. The upgrade is treated with antistatic technology and antimicrobial protection which was not available when the original product was obtained. The upgrade also has a secondary layer of heat set textured nylon monofilament which provides a higher yarn count and additional face weight that should make the product more durable.

The limited warranty for the replacement turf is six (6) years from the date of installation. Turf replacement funds were obtained from the Common Ground Endowment Fund that is held at the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland.  Signs have been posted at the park announcing the closure.  For more information regarding City of Lakeland Parks go to www.lakelandgov.net.

 


LAKELAND, FL (April 10, 2013) - The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department will begin registration for Camp BLAST, the summer recreation program for elementary students who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade, at Kelly Recreation Complex on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Parents must bring two matching proofs of City residence and a copy of each child's most recent report card.


Those living outside the city limits will be able to register beginning Saturday, April 20, 2013 starting at 8:00 a.m.  Camp dates are Monday, June 17th – Friday, August 9th, 2013.  Full Registration for the 8-week program is either $350 for Camp Explore Program (in town trips) or $500 for Camp Adventure (in and out-of-town trips). Due at the time of registration is $200 per child. Fees are payable by cash or check only. Enrollment is limited and camp participants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  


For more information, please call the Kelly Recreation Complex at (863) 834-3284.


MEDIA ADVISORY

Governor Scott to Make Jobs Announcement in Lakeland

LAKELAND – Today, April 10, Governor Rick Scott will make a jobs announcement in Lakeland.

                        WHAT:           Jobs Announcement

                        WHEN:          10:30 a.m.

                        NOTE: Media check in at the airport will be at 10:00 a.m.                       

LOCATION:  Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

3900 Don Emerson Drive

Lakeland, FL  33811

NOTE:           Please R.S.V.P. with Samantha Blaschke [pronounced Blash-key] by calling 863-860-1612


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications

City of Lakeland

863/834-6264

Twitter @lakelandgov

 

LAKELAND ELECTRIC RECEIVED APPA HIGHEST DESIGNATION

Reliability, Safety, Training and System Improvement




LAKELAND, FL (April 5, 2013) - Lakeland Electric recently received the highest designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) as part of the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) platinum award program. Lakeland Electric was one of six utilities nationwide that received the highest APPA designation at Diamond Level for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.  Lakeland Electric had a perfect 100% score.

“Lakeland Electric is proud to be recognized as having one of the best operating records in the public power industry,” said Joel Ivy, General Manager at Lakeland Electric. “This recognition is a reflection of our continued commitment to deliver safe, reliable power to our customers as efficiently as possible.”

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, training and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices, and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

“We have one of the best reliability ratings in the industry and at this time we have one of the lowest rates in Florida,” said Ivy. “Receiving the RP3 designation is a reflection of our commitment to our customers and it’s an honor to be recognized on a national level for the work we are doing in Lakeland.”

In order to attain Gold designation, a utility must earn at least 80% of the possible points. Utilities that meet 90-97% of the program criteria receive Platinum designation. Diamond designation is awarded to utilities that meet 98-100% of the program criteria.

Brent McKinney, Manager, Electric Transmission & Distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on March 25th during the Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Kissimmee, Florida.

More information and a full list of the 90 designee – recognized in three categories – are available at www.publicpower.org.