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This is the official blog of the City of Lakeland, Florida. Check back frequently to stay up to date with all that going on in our beautiful city!


 

The City of Lakeland's Parks and Recreation Department is getting a new stock trailer for our nursery’s annual flower bed route and we want YOUR help! Comment below, send us a private message, or email communications@lakelandgov.net to officially submit your ideas for our trailer's new slogan.

 

Deadline: Must be submitted by Friday, September 2nd, 2016.

 

Rules: Keep it short & sweet (& tasteful) and related to flowers in some way.

 

The winner will be chosen by our Communications team and will receive a #IAMLAKELAND t-shirt!


Grand Opening August 3rd at 10:30am

LAKELAND, FL (July 27, 2015) - The City of Lakeland’s Webster Park has received a facelift thanks to a $190,000 donation from Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company and a $17,000 donation from the Midtown CRA.  Improvements include a new playground with several themed pieces of equipment that features a full range of slides, climbers, ladders and play activities. A grand opening of the new park will take place August 3rd at 10:30 a.m.  The public is invited to attend.

The new playground has elements for preschoolers and elementary aged children.  Renovations to the park also includes swings, two picnic pavilions, a drinking fountain, fencing, benches, trash cans, resurfaced basketball court, basketball backboards, bike racks and ADA access. 

Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company has an iconic red elephant as their logo and the new Webster Park uses a number of zoo animals as a theme including a red elephant.

Pam Page, Deputy Director of Parks said, “The City of Lakeland was able to replace Webster Park’s playground equipment that was originally installed in 1994 with brand new equipment designed to enhance the experience for those visiting the park.”  She added, “We thank Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company for their generous donation to make the vision become reality.  We could not have completed the park without their assistance and as a thank you, the public will see the red elephant prominently displayed in a piece of playground equipment.  We also are very grateful to the Midtown CRA for their support as well.”


LAKELAND SKATEPARK WILL CLOSE AT 8 PM STARTING FEBRUARY 29TH

LAKELAND, FL (February 23, 2016) - Starting Monday, February 29th, the Lakeland Skatepark at Fletcher Park on Lake Bonny will close at 8 p.m.  The park’s new hours will be 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

City of Lakeland staff met with members from the Lakeland Skate Alliance on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 to discuss issues that are taking place at the park.  Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “We have fielded a number of complaints from parents regarding illicit behavior taking place after sundown.  We’ve had staff members that have been threatened when trying to enforce the rules.”  He added, “We met with representatives from the Lakeland Skate Alliance and the group is in concurrence that closing the park at dark is the first step in curbing the behavior.”

The Lakeland Skatepark is owned and operated by the City of Lakeland. It opened on May 18, 2013 at a cost of $1.3 million.  The 22,500-square-foot facility has quickly gained notoriety as being one of the best skateparks in Florida. Donahay said, “We designed the park to be free and user friendly with the idea that it would not have a full-time attendant.  Unfortunately, because of the bad behavior from a few, we are having to modify the hours of operation as a last resort before looking at the possibility of having a full-time attendant at the park.” Donahay elaborated, “With today’s budgeting process, we would have to charge users in order to pay the attendant.  We don’t want to do that and we are hoping the behavior will stop.”

This skate park is unsupervised and all users assume full risk in entering the facility. Helmets are required for all skaters under the age of 18 and on-site adult supervision is required for all skaters under the age of 12. Skaters are asked to adhere to the following rules and guidelines when using the Lakeland Skatepark:

  • Helmets and pads are required for anyone under the age of 18.
  • Be patient and wait for your turn in the park.
  • Be courteous to others.
  • Exercise caution in wet areas they are slippery.
  • Food or drink is not allowed in the skate able areas.
  • Illegal drugs, tobacco or alcohol are NOT allowed in the park.
  • Keep the park free of litter and graffiti.
  • Those using profanity, abusive language, or fighting will be asked to leave.
  • Skating is only allowed during the posted hours of operation. 

 

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The Lakeland Public Library System offers two monthly book discussion groups, Books Sandwiched In and Discussions at the e.  Books Sandwiched In (BSI) is a monthly book discussion group, which meets every first Tuesday in the Main Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) meeting room at 12:15 p.m. Discussions at the E (DATE) is a monthly book discussion group, which meets at the elibrary South Lakeland on the first Thursday of every month at 12:30 p.m.

 

Each month’s selected book can be purchased for $2.00 at the respective libraries during the preceding month while supplies last. Coffee/tea and books are underwritten by the Friends of the Library. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.

 

Books Sandwiched In

 

July 7

Bee Season 

Myla Goldberg

 

August 4

Birds of Paradise

Diana Abu-Jaber

 

September 1

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

 

October 6

Enchantments

Kathryn Harrison

 

 

Discussions at the e

 

July 9

The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides

 

August 6

Compulsory Happiness

Norman Manea

 

September 3

Girl Reading

Katie Ward

 

October 1

TBA

 

 


The programs at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brenda Patterson at (863) 834-4276 and Brenda.Patterson@lakelandgov.net or visitwww.lakelandgov.net/library/classes-events/adult-programs and www.facebook.com/lakelandpubliclibrary.

 

To request a sign language interpreter at any library event or program, please contact Brenda J. Patterson at (863) 834-4276 or Brenda.Patterson@lakelandgov.net at least 7 business days prior to the event.