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LAKELAND SKATEPARK GRAND OPENING

 

WHO:   Skateboarders, City Commission, City Administration & Citizens – BRING YOUR BOARDS!

 

WHAT: Lakeland Skatepark Grand Opening Celebration

 

WHEN:   Saturday, May 18th 10 a.m.

 

WHERE:  Lakeland Skatepark located at Lake Bonny Park (800 US 98 South).

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 14, 2013) – The newly built Lakeland Skatepark located at Lake Bonny Park, 800 US 98 south will officially open on Saturday, May 18th at 10 a.m. with a grand opening ceremony that will include music, demonstrations and plenty of time for skaters to get familiar with the design elements of the park.

 

The park was built by world renowned Team Pain who specializes in custom concrete skate park facilities.  Team Pain has over 30 years experience with professional riders and they are known for their challenging “first-ever” structures that push the limits.  The company has been providing design and construction experience to municipalities around the globe in concrete park facilities since 1997.

 

The park was designed with the input from local skaters who attended a series of workshops during the planning phase of the park.  A number of skaters and City of Lakeland staff also visited a number of skate parks in the Central Florida area to look at designs and get direct feedback from skaters on what elements they liked about certain parks.

 

The park features a deep bowl, flow course, snake run and a freestyle/street course.  For more information, contact Pam Page, 863/834-6088 or Kevin Cook, 863/834-6264.  See you on Saturday!

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

kevincook

Director of Communications | City of Lakeland

228 S. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6264 (PH) | www.lakelandgov.net

Twitter @lakelandgov

 

 

HORTICULTURE AT HOLLIS GARDEN

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 8, 2013) - On Saturday, May 11th Hollis Garden will feature a series of horticulture lectures and presentations from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The day will include informative, hands-on tutorials on gardening, landscaping, orchid care and proper bonsai techniques. Hollis Garden is located at 702 Eat Orange Street,  Lakeland, FL 33801

 

Horticulturist, John King will conduct two presentations:

·         Vegetable Gardening in Florida at  11:00 a.m.

·         Designing the Edible Landscape at 4:00 p.m.

 

The Ridge Orchid Society will conduct presentations on: Repotting Orchids, Orchid Pests and Diseases & General Maintenance.  Zeke Wendtz with the Orchid Society will give the presentations at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. They will also have Membership information for The Ridge Orchid Society available.

 

The Bonsai Club will be doing demos all day and Terry Adkins will give a presentation at 1:00 p.m. Membership information for The Bonsai Club will be available for those that are interested. Carolyn Wilson with the Greater Lakeland Garden Club will be giving a presentation at 3:00 p.m.

 

Edward Murawski with The Native Plant Society will do a presentation on Native Plants and Their Use in the Landscape and there will be general information available for those interested in native plants.

 

Presentation Schedule

   

    11:00-11:45:  John King; Vegetable Gardening in Florida

   

    12:00-12:35:  Zeke Wendtz; The Ridge Orchid Society

   

    1:00-1:40:      Terry Adkins; The Bonsai Club

   

    2:00-2:35:      Zeke Wendtz; The Ridge Orchid Society

   

    3:00-3:45:      Carolyn Wilson; Greater Lakeland Garden Club

  

    4:00-4:45:      John King; Designing the Edible Landscape

  

    5:00-5:45:      Edward Murawski; The Native Plant Society  

   

    6:00-6:45:      Zeke Wendtz; The Ridge Orchid Society

  

*ALL presentations will be held in front of the Koi Pond at Hollis Garden*

 

Hollis Garden is a formal 1.2 acre botanical garden donated to the City of Lakeland by the Hollis Family. The garden is located on historic Lake Mirror accessible from the Frances Langford Promenade and Orange Street. The garden contains several water features and displays thousands of flowering plants, ornamental shrubs, historic trees, herbs and vegetables. The beautiful layout of Hollis Gardens is set in a neo-classical architectural environment complete with patterned flower beds, public art and ornamental fountains.  For more information on Hollis Gardens, please visit www.lakelandgov.net and click on the Parks and Recreation navigation.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications | City of Lakeland

228 S. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6264 (PH) | www.lakelandgov.net

Twitter @lakelandgov

DOWNTOWN LAKELAND FIRST FRIDAY EVENT

CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK 

LAKELAND, FL (April 29, 2013) - The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will be celebrating the American Public Works Association national Public Works Week (NPWW) from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on Friday, May 3, 2013, along with Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday event. During this event shops and restaurants will stay open with music and entertainment along the streets including a classic car show.

 

The NPWW celebration will be In Munn Park featuring displays from each of our Public Works divisions.  Some of the feature displays include: heavy duty equipment, Lakes & Stormwater awareness campaigns, pedestrian & bicycle safety, recycling materials and much more! Along with these events, there will be children’s activities, give-a-ways and fun for the whole family!

 

Everyone is invited to the Downtown Lakeland First Friday and the celebration of National Public Works Week. Parking is free beginning at 5:00pm the evening of the event in the Main Street parking garage. Additional free parking is also available in the Bay StreetLot, the Oak Street Park & ride and old fire station lot located at 400 E. Main St.

 

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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.