FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Allebaugh 407.246.3423
Cassandra Lafser 407.246.2182
Mayor Buddy Dyer Reopens Colonel Joe Kittinger Park
||Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 2 City
Commissioner Tony Ortiz and members from the Greater Orlando
Aviation Authority (GOAA) and the Orlando-Orange County
Expressway Authority (OOCEA) will unveil the City of Orlando’s
newly renovated Colonel Joe Kittinger Park on March 15 at 3:30
Colonel Kittinger will be honored in a ceremony prior to the
official reopening for his accomplishments as an aviation
pioneer and hero. He has been recognized with numerous world
records including one for his epic solo balloon flight across
the Atlantic Ocean.
The City has partnered with GOAA for the park’s development and
future maintenance, and OOCEA provided oversight of design and
Colonel Joe Kittinger Park had long been a place for people to
enjoy, but the nearby Florida State Road 408 Expressway
expansion and construction necessitated some much needed
improvements. Now the newly renovated Colonel Joe Kittinger Park
includes a refurbished playground, pavilion and pond. In
addition, the park features a loudspeaker system that allows
visitors to monitor the Air Traffic Control Tower conversations.
A future addition to the park will include a static display of
an F-4 Phantom jet, the same type that was piloted by Colonel
Kittinger during the Vietnam War.
||City of Orlando’s Families, Parks and
Colonel Joe Kittinger
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)
Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA)
||Tuesday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.
||Colonel Joe Kittinger Park
305 South Crystal Lake Drive