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LAKELAND, FL (November 4, 2016) - A Parking for Heroes initiative will bring a dedicated combat wounded parking space to downtown Lakeland. The idea was borne by Downtown Lakeland Partnership Director Ellen Simms and has received the support from the Polk County Veterans Council. After the initial discussion, a number of veteran advocates started working closely with City of Lakeland staff to make the idea become a reality.

The combat wounded reserved parking space will be adjacent to Munn Park on the corner of Main Street and Kentucky Avenue (Diagram attached). The City of Lakeland Traffic Division approved of the concept and then set the plan in motion.

Gary Clark, Retired US Air Force Colonel and Chairman of the Polk Veterans Council said, “Less than 1% of the US population serve in military uniform. The sacrifices these service members make deserve to be recognized. A dedicated parking space for those who have suffered life long combat injuries is just one way the community can show that they appreciate the service for those that were wounded defending our freedoms.”

The dedicated combat wounded parking space will be clearly marked with a reserved combat wounded sign and unlike many of the spaces downtown, it will not have a two hour time limit. The sign will be installed on Thursday, November 10th and then covered. The sign will be unveiled as part of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 12th at approximately 12:30 p.m.


 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264



Powered by Zagster, Swan City Cycles Bike Share Launches in Lakeland
35 cruiser bikes at 7 stations make getting around fun, healthy and affordable

LAKELAND, FL/CAMBRIDGE, MA. (December 16, 2015) -  Zagster and the City of Lakeland have partnered to bring Swan City Cycles — a public bike sharing program. There will be a dedication ceremony on Friday, December 18th at 11 a.m. at the Munn Park location in downtown Lakeland.  Mayor Howard Wiggs and the Lakeland City Commission will be on hand to introduce the bike share program to the community.  There will be promotional material including FREE passes for your first Swan City Cycle bike share experience.

The Lakeland program includes 35 cruiser bikes that are available at seven locations around the City for riders to checkout for on-demand, local trips. Riders can become Swan City Cycle members by purchasing an annual, monthly or hourly pass. Rides for system members are free for up to an hour and a half, then $3 per hour after.  An annual pass can be purchased for $25.

The program is made possible by sponsorship from the City of Lakeland’s Community Redevelopment Authority, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, as well as: Lakeland Vision, Citrus Connection, , Polk Museum of Art, Lake Morton Neighborhood Association, First United Methodist and Florida Southern College.

“All of us who have supported Swan City Cycles understand that having a bike sharing system is a sign of a vibrant, healthy and engaged community,” said Julie Townsend, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. “We’re committed to making Lakeland a great place to live, visit and work, and the addition of bike sharing is a great new addition to our vibrant downtown.”

Riders can join by following the instructions on the Zagster Mobile App, available for iPhone and Android, or online at http://zagster.com/lakeland.  To use the Mobile App, riders simply enter the unique ID of the bike they wish to use and an access code for the lock box is provided. Alternatively, they can text the bike ID and receive the code in return. Riders can use the code throughout the duration of their rental to lock and unlock the bike anywhere along their trip. Once the bike is returned to any of the seven Swan City Cycles locations, the touch of a button ends the rental and releases the bike for the next rider.

“This public-private partnership is a great model for bringing bike sharing to communities like Lakeland,” said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “Our partnership model enables cities like Lakeland to have the amenities of major metropolitan areas without the cost and complexity.”

Zagster features the Breezer Uptown, an award-winning bike known for its lightweight yet durable construction, specifically designed for cruising in comfort. All bikes come with spacious baskets perfect for carrying groceries, take out or other personal belongings. With an attached flexible lock, riders can park their bikes wherever they want during their trips, allowing for convenience and flexibility.

About Zagster 

Founded in Philadelphia in 2007 and now headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the leading provider of bike sharing systems across the United States. Zagster is uniquely focused on working with communities across North America to make bike sharing programs available to residents, employees, students and visitors. A unique and highly efficient model allows Zagster to offer services in areas that traditional metropolitan bike sharing system providers can't reach. More information about Gagster’s programs and impact is available at  www.zagster.com.

 

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Phase II of Utility Undergrounding in Downtown Lakeland Begins Monday, October 5th

Phase II of Utility Undergrounding in Downtown Lakeland Begins Monday, October 5th

On Monday, October 5th, Lakeland Electric will commence Phase II of its Oak Street Utility Undergrounding project by opening the Oak Street/Tennessee Avenue intersection to through-traffic and closing the Oak Street/Kentucky Avenue intersection for a period of 30 days. During this phase of construction, McKeel Academy parents will be asked to enter the drop-off/pick-up car line on Peachtree Street from North Florida and Massachusetts Avenue. Periodic lane closures can still be expected at the Oak/Tennessee intersection outside of McKeel Academy's drop-off/pick-up times.

The construction project is scheduled for completion this fall. During and following construction, Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring traffic conditions and motorist blocking intersections and driveways will be subject to citation.

For information on this project, please contact Michael Vann at 834-6311 or www.lakelandgov.net.


REGGAE BAND AZWON TAKES THE STAGE FOR MUSIC ON THE PROMENADE IN SEPTEMBER
Multi-Cultural Festival Event

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 7, 2012) -- The City of Lakeland will play host to Music on the Promenade on Friday, September 21, 2012 when the reggae band Azwon takes the stage from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. during the FREE music series. The event is part of the Greater Lakeland Multi-Cultural Festival celebrating diversity, cultural differences and harmony.

Azwon is a very roots oriented reggae band.  Roots reggae is a sub-genre of reggae music which evolved in Jamaica and was made famous outside the Caribbean by the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Marley.  Azwon performs many popular songs from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaac and other major reggae artists past and present.  Although Azwon is reggae oriented, the band is equal to task when playing R&B or other Caribbean rhythms such as Soca and Calypso music.  The band is sure to entertain with a crowd pleasing mix of island styles from several Caribbean cultures.

 The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. There will be food and drink vendors on site so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under the stars.

Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center's parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264.