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National PAL Mentoring Day

Join Us on May 2nd at the Tigertown Complex

Join the Lakeland Police Department and departments across the nation on May 2, 2015 in celebrating National PAL Mentoring Day. A community celebration will take place from 10AM - 2PM at the Tigertown complex. The day will be filled with many activities and guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the Lakeland Police Department PAL Program. 


Activities and Performances Include:

  • Mighty Marching Lions 
  • Live Bands 
  • Basketball Shootout 
  • LPD Displays and Activities 
  • LFD Fire Engine 
  • Horse Rides 
  • Rock Climbing Wall 
  • FREE FOOD and much more! 

PAL seeks to promote and safeguard the interests and general welfare of the youth of the community; to instill good health habits, good sportsmanship, and high morals and civic standards in the youth of the community, to help fulfill the need for recreational, educational and social activities that are designed to rehabilitate youthful first-time offenders and prevent their return into the criminal justice system. 


The Lakeland PAL is located at 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. 


The club is for boys and girls ages 4 to 17. For more information on the program, please go to the PAL website


The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation division is currently registering children ages four to ten years old for Tee Ball / Baseball leagues. Children who participate will practice once per week and play in a game every Saturday. All practice sessions and games will take place at the Simpson Park field.

The cost to register is $20.00 per child and a uniform shirt will be provided. Children will need to their own baseball glove. Registrations are being accepted at the Simpson Park Community Center. If additional information is needed, please contact Angela Williams at 863.834.2577.

The Orange Cup Regatta Boat Race Going on This Week - Possible Traffic Delays

On Saturday and Sunday from 730 AM to 6PM, there will be partial road closures/lane shifts on Lake Hollingsworth Drive from Cleveland Heights Blvd to just east of Buckingham. There will also be heavy traffic on Buckingham from competitors traveling to and from their equipment being stored a short distance away.

If you are not attending the event as a spectator or competitor, you may consider finding an alternate route to avoid potential delays. Parking for the event can be found at other locations around Lake Hollingsworth to view the races.





Kevin Cook

Director of Communications

City of Lakeland

Twitter @lakelandgov





LAKELAND, FL (March 3, 2015) - Fencing is currently being installed in preparation of a City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater project on the north side of Lake Hollingsworth at Southern Landings (across from Florida Southern College).


The City of Lakeland is planning to complete repairs to the stormwater detention pond along the boardwalk at the Southern Landings. The activities planned include the removal and replacement of a failed concrete weir structure.  The replacement of the weir is essential for the stormwater pond to function properly. 


Weirs are designed to alter flow characteristics of water bodies. In most cases, weirs take the form of obstructions that pool water behind them while also allowing the water to flow steadily over their tops. Weirs are commonly used to prevent flooding and measure discharge.


Construction activities will take place beginning early March 2015.  In order to protect the safety of the public, fencing is being installed around the perimeter of the work site, as well as at the entrance to the boardwalk to restrict access to the construction area through the duration of the project. 


The fencing is being installed on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and will be removed as soon as the construction activities are completed. The construction project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.  The City of Lakeland apologizes for any inconvenience the project may have because of the boardwalk being closed to the public during the time of construction.