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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.

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Kevin CookDirector of Communications | 863/834-6264