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CITY CHALLENGE URBAN MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE

 

CITY CHALLENGE URBAN MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE

DOWNTOWN LAKELAND

 

LAKELAND, FL (April 15, 2014) -  Red Trail Racing of Lakeland will host the City Challenge Urban Mountain Bike Race in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.  The registration and head table for the event will be in front of City Hall on Lemon Street.  Registration for the event will start at 5 p.m. with a practice session starting at 6 p.m. before the racing starts around 6:30 p.m.

 

Ray Wells, promoter of the event said, “I’m excited and we have almost 150 racers that will be participating in this very unique urban mountain bike format.  In fact, I am not aware of any other urban mountain bike race in the nation and we started it all right here in Lakeland.” 

 

The urban criterium is a mountain bike race on asphalt and stairs that winds through the Iowa Street Parking garage and along Lemon Street in front of City Hall.  Spectators are admitted free and can view the outlined course along Iowa Street and the Iowa Street Garage from designated positions.  

 

The Iowa Avenue Parking Garage will be closed because it is part of the race course. The portion of Iowa Avenue between Lakeland’s City Hall and Lakeland Electric will be closed and a portion of Lemon Street will be closed for through traffic at Massachusetts Avenue.

 

Wells said, “This year we’ve added a cyclocross event where participants race their bike on the course backwards having to carry their bikes up the many stairs in the course instead of riding down them.”  

 

Visit www.redtrailracing.com for more information and to register for the Lakeland Urban Mountain Bike Race .

 

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LEMON STREET ART PART OF FLORIDA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION

LEMON STREET ART PART OF FLORIDA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION

VOTE FOR PEOPLE CHOICE DURING APRIL FIRST Friday EVENT

LAKELAND, FL (April 2, 2014) - Downtown Lakeland is now home to 10 new sculptures that are part of the 14th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Lakeland, Winter Haven and now Sebring are participating with the installation of new art to be enjoyed. In Lakeland, the sculptures are displayed along Lemon Street and there will be a chance for art lovers to vote on their favorite outdoor sculpture for the coveted “People’s Choice” award during the April 4th First Friday event that will take place in downtown Lakeland from 6-9 p.m.  The artist, the name of their pieces of art and the materials used to make the sculptures are listed below.

Jerzy Kedziora  – Feng Shui is coldcast bronze measuring 6’6” x 3’9” x 3’9”

Jack Howard – Valkyrie is galvanized and powder-coated steel measuring 9’9” x 9’8” x 8’

Gus Ocamposilva  – Dancer of the Wind 3 is aluminum and enamel measuring 12’5” x 6’8” x 1’3”

Adam Walls – POW is painted steel measuring 5’5” x 3’ x 6’

Wesley Stewart, Martinez  – For Us is steel measuring 11’6” x 5’2” x 5’

James Oleson, Jr – Reflecting is aluminum and steel measuring 5’4” x 2’11” x 1’1”

Glenn Zweygardt – Malachite Voyager is stone, glass and metal measuring 9’4” x 3’ x 2’8”

Hanna Jubran – Balance Point is steel, cast iron and paint measuring 9’ x 1’6” x 1’6”

Karen Adamek  –  Iron Horse Jumper is made from railroad spikes and measures 6’ x 8’ x 3’

Joseph Thompson – Archangel After Michael is made from steel and measures 7’2” x 2’8” x 2’8”

The sculptures are selected by a committee of comprised of community members and Polk Museum of Art staff for the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The sculptures are displayed for a year in downtown Lakeland, Winter Haven and Sebring. An independent judge selects the Best of Show, Second Place and Honorable Mention awards for the pieces of art.  The winners along with the “People’s Choice” award will be announced at the April 4th First Friday event.  There will be live music from the jazz band FreeTime who will be playing on Lemon Street from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. so come out and enjoy First Friday and vote for your favorite piece of art!


Kentucky Ave Rail Crossing To Close Jan 29 & 30th.

Kentucky Ave Crossing To Close Jan 29 & 30th.

CSX Railroad has scheduled the replacement of rails at the Kentucky Ave Crossing on January 29 & 30. 

Pedestrians and vehicular traffic are encouraged use the Tennessee or Massachusetts Ave crossings.

CONSTRUCTION ON LAKE BEULAH TRAIL BEGINS THIS WEEK

CITY TO START CONSTRUCTION ON

LAKE BEULAH TRAIL PROJECT

 

LAKELAND, FL (December 9, 2013) – During the week of December 9th, City of Lakeland crews will start construction on the Lake Beulah Trail project in Downtown Lakeland. 

 

The Florida Department of Transportation and the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) are funding the Lake Beulah Trail 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.

 

Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2014.  Periodic lane closures are possible throughout the duration of this project.  Motorists are asked to use caution and watch for construction workers within the project area.

 

For more information, contact Mike Whigham at (863) 834-3300. 

 

 

 

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