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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, FL (July 27, 2016) - Frescos Whisky Green at the Heights will be ending its operation at Cleveland Heights Golf Course on July 31st.  Tina Calhoon, Owner & Executive Chef of Frescos said, “We will serve our last brunch on Sunday, July 31st at the Cleveland Heights location but we want everyone to know this decision has nothing to do with our downtown Lakeland and Café operations.” 

Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “Frescos came to Cleveland Heights and assisted us during a time of transition.  In fact, Frescos Whisky Green started operating at Cleveland Heights on September 15, 2015 and they helped us move from Ovations Food Services to more of a classic food and beverage type operation.”  He added, “We now find ourselves in a different transition as we move Cleveland Heights away from the stand-alone enterprise business model and shift operations under the Parks & Recreation budget. The facility is now treated like a park amenity.”

Calhoon said, “Due to the change in restructuring Cleveland Heights from an enterprise fund to park operations, the current business model will not work for us.”  She added, “This was a tough decision for everyone. We have enjoyed our time at Cleveland Heights and we learned a great deal but now it’s time to concentrate on the successes of our other operations.  We will use our experience to enhance Frescos downtown, our Café at the Lakeland Automall and our future endevours.” 

Frescos is owned and operated by Tim and Tina Calhoon. The couple opened Frescos in 2009. Since then the restaurant has grown into a downtown Lakeland destination serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Frescos is well known for their full catering division, handling events from intimate dinner parties to elaborate receptions to large fundraising galas.  The couple also operate Frescos Café located at Lakeland Ford.

Cleveland Heights golf course originally opened in the spring of 1925. In the late 1920’s the City of Lakeland purchased Cleveland Heights and added nine holes to the original eighteen-hole layout in the early 1980’s. Today Cleveland Heights is truly a unique golf experience. The 27-hole facility, is a Division of the Parks and Recreation Department and offers golfers a chance to step back in time enjoying a classic course with modern amenities.

CONTACT

Kevin CookDirector of Communications | 863/834-6264


LAURIE SMITH NAMED MANAGER OF LAKES & STORMWATER

LAURIE SMITH NAMED MANAGER OF LAKES & STORMWATER

LAKELAND, FL (June 29, 2016) - The Public Works Department is pleased to announce that Laurie Smith has been named Manager of Lakes & Stormwater.  Smith has more than 20 years of experience in overseeing environmental compliance, construction management, and natural resource management programs.  Prior to joining the City of Lakeland, Smith began her career in 1995 as an environmental consultant for Marin Environmental, overseeing contaminated property assessment and redevelopment projects.

Smith worked for Kleinfelder from 2002 through 2012 as a Senior Project Manager overseeing environmental compliance and remediation programs.  She was the Florida Regional Manager for PM Environmental until 2013, when she joined the City of Lakeland as the Senior Environmental Specialist with the Lakes & Stormwater Division, where she oversaw programs necessary for compliance with the City’s stormwater discharge permit and coordinated stormwater capital improvement projects. 

Director of Public Works, Heath Frederick said, “Laurie has been serving as our Senior Environmental Specialist with the Lakes & Stormwater Division for the past three years.  She has done a great job leading projects and focusing on educational programs.”  He added, “With her education, background and institutional knowledge, we know that Laurie will continue to carry the Lakes & Stormwater division into the future.”

Smith said, “I am very excited to continue my career with the City of Lakeland as the next Lakes & Stormwater Division Manager and I look forward to carrying on the Divisions mission to maintain, protect, and enhance our lakes and stormwater systems.”  Smith has a Masters of Environmental Science from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University. Smith’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, hiking, fishing, and golfing.  Her start date was June 27th and her annual salary is $77,037.42.

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Public Notice
Holiday Garbage Collection

City of Lakeland offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day.   Solid waste collection will not take place on Monday, July 4th.  All City of Lakeland solid waste customers will have their garbage collected one day after their normal pick-up.  

  • Monday customers will be collected on Tuesday, July 5th 
  • Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday, July 6th 
  • Thursday customers will be collected on Friday, July 8th 
  • Friday customers will be collected on Saturday, July 9th