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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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TEMPORARY SOUTHWEST LAKELAND FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPENS

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TEMPORARY SOUTHWEST LAKELAND FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPENS

 

WHO: Lakeland Fire Department

WHAT: Unveiling of new Fire Engine 71 at the Temporary Southwest Lakeland Fire Station located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

WHY: To provide fire and rescue service to Southwest Lakeland residents and businesses

WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 9 a.m.

WHERE:  In front of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal at 3900 Don Emerson Drive

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 7, 2013) – The Lakeland Fire Department will officially open the temporary fire facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Monday, June 10th at 9 a.m. with an unveiling of the new Fire Engine 71.  The temporary station will house Engine 71 and the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) unit that is dedicated to public safety inside airport property.    The temporary station will house six personnel on a 24-hour rotation with four dedicated to Engine 71 and two dedicated to the ARFF unit.

 

Engine 71 will be dedicated to serving residents and business in the Southwest Lakeland area.  The unit was delivered to the Lakeland Fire Department in early May and then it was outfitted with equipment to get ready for service.  Engine 71 was built in Appleton, Wisconsin by Pierce Manufacturing, a global leader in custom fire trucks and fire apparatus.  The unit is equipped with a 55’ sky boom to assist in elevated aerial firefighting and it will be staffed with at least one paramedic for rescue response.

 

The permanent Fire Station 7 is estimated to be completed summer 2014.  Once the facility is built it will house an additional fire fighting apparatus and 10 personnel on a 24-hour rotation.  Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Our design team is preparing the bid documents for Station 7 and we expect those packets to be ready later this summer.  We hope to break ground for the new facility by early fall of this year.”  He added, “We are very eager to start providing much needed service to the citizens in Southwest Lakeland and our temporary station will do that until we get our permanent facility built.”

 

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Road Construction Update

Message updated Thursday June 6th 2013

Let them work – let them live. The City of Lakeland Public Works Construction and Maintenance Division wants you to be safe. Speeding through construction and work zones puts you and the workers at risk, so please slow down. The workers might be your family, friends, or neighbors.

City of Lakeland Construction crews will be constructing new sidewalk along the South side of McDonald Street from Johnson Ave to Ingraham Ave.  No major delays anticipated, however, temporary lane closures might be encountered; flagmen will be available to direct traffic if needed. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate route if possible. Construction is scheduled for approximately four weeks.

Public works construction crews will be constructing a recreational path along the South side of Edgewood Drive between Buckingham Ave and Southington Ave. Construction will last approximately three weeks. No major delays are anticipated however, motorist should approach the work zone with caution. 


Crews will be removing the asphalt from Buckingham Ave between Edgewood Blvd and Demington Street and returning it to a brick street. Motorist can expect closures and detours between intersections. This project is expected to last approximately three weeks.

Contact Michael Whigham at 834-3300 with questions and continue to check this number (834-ROAD) for updated information.Contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin work on Prado Street. Milling of roadway will begin on Monday June 10, 2013. This work will take approximately one week to complete.

 


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