We are committed to investing in neighborhoods because our residents deserve more amenities and enhanced infrastructure. In the past year, the City of Orlando has broken ground on East Airfield Park and Laureate City Park, opened the new fitness trail at the Park of Americas, renovated Malibu Groves Park, opened a new fire station in Parramore and opened the new police headquarters.
As we continue to set our priorities with the goal of enhancing the quality of life and safety of our residents, our plan of action includes:
Creating an Orlando Bicycle Beltway
The Orlando Bicycle Beltway will be a total of 8.25 miles, creating a loop, from Downtown to the Fashion Square/Colonial area and back. Creating a beltway involves connecting our existing trail network by filling gaps and ultimately connecting Downtown to the region’s trail system.
Renovating Lake Lorna Doone Park in partnership with Florida Citrus Sports
Lake Lorna Doone Park, located in the West Lakes neighborhood, will be renovated to enhance the amenities at the park. Improvements include a complete lakefront pedestrian path, splash pad, improved multi-purpose fields, barrier-free playground, a community garden, better parking, replaced basketball courts, a new open air pavilion and water feature in the lake.
Expanding the Rosemont Neighborhood Center to include a new gymnasium
The Rosemont Neighborhood Center serves more than 400 residents everyday, including more than 100 students enrolled in after–school programs. This new gymnasium will provide an expanded space for athletic and senior programming.
Enhancing the Dover Shores Neighborhood Center with relocated tennis courts and a new shade structure
Dover Shores Neighborhood Center serves more than 800 residents each day. The new shade structure and relocated tennis courts will provide new spaces for youth and senior programming.
Building New Fire Stations
The City of Orlando is investing in three state-of-the-art replacement fire stations over the next five years. These new stations include Station 6, 9 and 11.
Improving Constitution Green with a dog wash and enhanced lighting
As part of the Project DTO Vision Plan, Downtown’s first public dog run was opened in 2016. The City of Orlando is further investing in this dog run to add a dog wash and lighting, allowing our four-legged residents more time to safely play and a place to clean up when they are done.
Cleaning up Lake Notasulga
Earlier this year the City of Orlando acquired Lake Notasulga, named after the birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston. After years of neglect from the previous owners, the City of Orlando is committed to restoring this environmentally–sensitive area. The enhancements in the area will also include stormwater drainage and enhancing pedestrian safety with new sidewalks in the Harrelston Estates neighborhood.
Building a new home for the Orlando Tennis Centre
With the development of the Creative Village, the City of Orlando is dedicating funding to construct a new home for the Orlando Tennis Centre to serve our residents and patrons at a new location to be determined.
Repurposing Grand Avenue Elementary to preserve this community landmark
Repurpose Grand Avenue Elementary to a youth and family recreational center, this will include the relocation of the Pottery Studio and programming currently at the Downtown Recreation Center. Visit cityoforlando.net/grandave.
Adding green space at Orange Avenue and Robinson Street
The corner of Orange and Robinson will be transformed into a modern interactive public gathering space that will include a unique retail/eating space. The area will serve a range of uses including a multi-media viewing space, impromptu performance space and open space.
Each project has a different time frame. This announcement initiates the process to start design and construction on the projects.
- The City of Orlando is investing approximately $65 million in neighborhood infrastructure improvements.
- The funding will come from a variety of sources, including the Stormwater Fund, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Fund and the issuance of a capital improvement bond.
- This dedicated funding will not increase the City’s annual General Fund debt service obligation.
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