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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.”


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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LAKE MORTON SHORELINE STABILIZATION PROJECT 

INCLUDES AQUATIC PLANTS AND UPLAND PLANT SPECIES

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 16, 2016) - The City of Lakeland will be planting aquatic plants and grasses along an area of shoreline on Lake Morton as part of an ongoing shoreline stabilization plan.  Approximately 160 feet of shoreline on the southwest side of Lake Morton (across from E. Palmetto Street) is in need of immediate repair.

 

A low-profile fence that currently encloses a planting zone on the north shore of the lake is being dismantled and erected at the new planting area.  Due to an abundance of waterfowl on Lake Morton and the extremely high pressure on new plants, a green vinyl chain link perimeter fence will be installed for approximately one year. This perimeter fence is needed to ensure successful plant growth. 

 

Native aquatic and upland species of plants will be used as a natural shoreline stabilizer very similar to other areas around Lake Morton that have already been established.   A portion of the geofabric that is in place now will be removed so visitors around Lake Morton may see a piece of heavy equipment in the area for a few hours before the fence is installed.  The project will start in July and be completed by August 2016.  The approximate cost of the project is $3,000 and is being funded out of the City of Lakeland Stormwater Utility Fund. 

 

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RED WHITE & KABOOM
BIG FIREWORKS AND AWESOME MUSIC


LAKELAND, FL - (June 14, 2016) - T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Sunday, July 3rd from 5:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m.  after Clemons Road and opening act FOUNT entertain the crowd. 

This is a FREE event but we are asking that everyone who is attending to please bring at least one non-perishable food item.  Chow for Now will be collecting canned food items that will be donated to VISTE.

 

Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring opening act FOUNT who will get the crowd started with their own brand of Americana.  FOUNT will take the stage at 5 p.m. The eight-piece band will set the mood for the start of a great Independence Day Celebration.  Fount is a folk/americana band hailing from Lakeland and they started as an outlet for songwriters Tosh Sergeant and Jeremy Hearn. It soon blossomed to a band of eight dedicated musicians who weave carefully orchestrated songs about love, faith and hope. Fount gives the folk tradition a modern reboot. 


At 6 p.m. the energetic Clemons Road Band will command the crowd blending country music with an island feel.  The band pulls their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Zac Brown Band. They keep heads bobbing and toes tapping with their own blend of beach country. Clemons Road features an extremely talented and charismatic front man, Grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown on lead vocals and guitar.  Keeping up with Red, White & Kaboom tradition, there will also be a watermelon eating contest that takes place around 7 p.m.  The contest is limited to school aged children and there will be members from the Parks & Recreation Department to assist with sign-ups.

 

Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country and it is free to the public.”  

 

This year there will be an exceptional fireworks show.  Because of the construction at Joker Marchant Stadium there will be no July 4th celebration at Tigertown.  The fireworks that were pre-purchased for that show will now be included in the Red, White & Kaboom celebration so it really will be Red, White & KABOOM!

 

During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation.  The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake.  The evening is free to the public and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one food item to benefit Chow for Now/VISTE. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom. For more information go to www.lakelandgov.net