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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.


 

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LAKELAND ENTERS PUBLIC/PRIVATE AGREEMENT FOR ADDITIONAL PARKING IN DOWNTOWN


LAKELAND, FL (April 29, 2016) - The City of Lakeland has reached an agreement with Trinity Presbyterian Church located at 301 North Florida Avenue to utilize 60 paid parking spaces in the lot that faces Tennessee Avenue through a public/private solution to increase parking spots in downtown Lakeland. The City Commission is scheduled to vote on the agreement on May 2nd.  Once approved, the 60 parking spaces will be available to the general public starting May 9th.  

 

The Church will provide 60 parking spaces that the general public can use at the rate of $1/hour.  The City of Lakeland will provide enforcement, accounting, administration and a payment solution through the Park Mobile app available on all mobile platforms and through http://us.parkmobile.com.  Paid parking for the general public will be available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Parking will be FREE on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

 

City Manager Tony Delgado said, “This is a great solution to increase the parking space inventory in downtown Lakeland.  It would cost taxpayers over $1 million to build a parking facility for 60 plus spaces.”  He added, “This public/private partnership is a much cheaper alternative so it is a win-win for both parties.”

 

Frank McCaulley, Director of Operations, Trinity Presbyterian Church said, “We have seen the demand for parking downtown grow remarkably without even reaching its peak. Partnering with the City of Lakeland allows us to use our parking and bless our neighbors with it. Our vision is “A City Transformed” and this partnership with the City is a step toward that vision. We are thankful for the City’s lead in managing the parking inventory for the benefit of all.”

 

The total upfront cost for the City of Lakeland is about $150 and the cost of enforcement is approximately $20 per day according to Angelo Rao, Manager of Traffic Operations for the City of Lakeland. Rao said, “We have been exploring various alternatives to add more parking to the downtown area because businesses and patrons have expressed their concerns.  This option creates much needed general public parking spaces at little or no cost to the City of Lakeland and Trinity Presbyterian Church benefits because of the 50/50 agreed upon split of the collected parking fees.”

 

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The Lakeland Center Implements 
Changes to Event Parking Policy

 

Lakeland, FL –By order of the Lakeland City Commission The Lakeland Center is restructuring their event parking fees and guidelines. Event parking for regular-sized vehicles will increase by one dollar to $8 per vehicle, per entry. Parking for oversized vehicles and overnight parking will increase by five dollars to $15 and $35 respectively per vehicle, per entry. The new rates take effect November 10, 2013 and fees  may vary for select event. A full day/multiple entry parking pass may be purchased for $10 regular vehicles and $19 oversized vehicles.

 

The rate changes reflect several improvements made by The Lakeland Center to better serve patrons and guests. A new point of sale system has been installed at the parking kiosks accepting credit and debit purchases for the first time allowing for greater customer convenience and speedier transactions. The Lakeland Center also provides parking patrols and is continuously maintaining the lots for the comfort of all guests. The new rates are reflective of those charged at similar Central Florida facilities.  

            
            “Making changes to the rates was challenging and this decision was not taken lightly by our staff or the City of Lakeland Commissioners. However, this allows The Lakeland Center to offer improved customer service and an overall better experience for our guests. We strive to provide proper staff supervision and maintenance in our lots providing guests a pleasurable experience,” said Executive Director Michael LaPan when asked about the rate restructuring decision. 

 

            The Lakeland Center is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit our website at www.thelakelandcenter.com. Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughwww.thelakelandcenter.com or by calling 888-397-0100.  

 


LAKELAND, FL (September 26, 2013) -- Starting in October downtown Lakeland will soon see a new type of metering system in the parking lot at Munn Park and Lot D located at 200 N. Kentucky Avenue.  The pay by space meters are solar powered and they make paying for parking more convenient than ever. The new pay by space meters accept nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills but they also accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards.  

The pay by space meters are now installed.  However, they won’t go live until the morning of October 7th and during the first week of operation, warning citations will be issued to those that receive violations in the two pay by space lots.  Enforcement will begin October 14th.  It must be noted that traditional coin operated meters located in other parking lots will continue to be enforced during the one week grace period.  The grace period only pertains to the pay by space systems located at Munn Park lot and Lot D.

At each pay by space meter location there are "Pay Here" signs that direct patrons where to pay for their parking.  When using the pay by space meter, a visitor needs to enter the assigned parking space number into the meter along with the method of payment.

Pay Here Meter Directions
1.      Park your vehicle and note the number located at the rear of each parking space
2.      Proceed to Pay by Space meter
3.      Pay for desired time (coin, cash, credit/debit) 
4.      Note expiration time limit, once total desired time is paid 
5.      To extend your parking time, go to the pay by space machine
6.      Enter your parking space number and choose the “Add Time” option
7.      Select the additional amount of time needed and pay
8.      Note expiration time limit, once total desired time is paid