Expansion starts at Lake Eola Park in Orlando

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Florida Construction News staff writer

Work is underway in Orlando to expand and add green space to Lake Eola Park.

The .12-acre expansion will bring new features to the park, such as artwork, updated lighting, large sidewalks, new benches, shade trees and native landscaping. Construction will add more green space to downtown and provide another unique gathering spot for residents, workers and visitors.

The property was purchased through a partnership with the Orlando Land Trust that raised $3.25 million – in addition to $1.625 million in funding from the city’s downtown CRA – to purchase the small parcel, prevent future development and donate it to the city.

The long-term plan is for the city to acquire buildings surrounding the property when possible, knock them down, and expand Lake Eola Park to incorporate everything.

“It’s going to be an entryway into the park, and that is the ultimate goal –is to have a contiguous park experience,” Commissioner Patty Sheehan said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Construction at the park is expected to be completed this fall.

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