|Common Ground Playground Will Close December 6th – 10th For Tree Trimming And Park Maintenance|
Common Ground Playground, located at Publix Charities Park (1000 East Edgewood Drive), will close December 6th through the 10th to complete much needed tree trimming. The Parks & Recreation team will also work on other maintenance projects in the park space during the closure.
Director of Parks & Recreation, Bob Donahay said, “We know the park will be heavily utilized during the Christmas holiday break so this a good time to get this maintenance work done. We have some trees that really need to be trimmed for the health of the trees and for safety reasons. Our crews will also complete routine maintenance on some of the equipment and park amenities during the five-day closure.”
|UPCOMING HOLIDAY EVENTS|
|Thursday, December 2 • 7PMDowntown Lakeland||Saturday, December 4 • 5-9PMFrances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror|
|Saturday, December 11 • 7AMCleveland Heights Golf Course||Saturday, December 11 • 10AM-1PMHollis Garden|
|Lakeland History And Culture Center: Fundraising Campaign Ending Soon|
The Lakeland History and Culture Center is currently being constructed at the Lakeland Main Library (100 Lake Morton Drive). Once completed, the new 1,400 square foot space will feature visually appealing exhibits with narratives that tell Lakeland’s story. The Inaugural exhibit, opening in Spring of 2022, will outline the importance of the railroad and how it was a core component that helped shape Lakeland’s early history.
The self-guided story will be told using display graphics, artifacts, narratives, and interactive touch screens. A portion of the Lakeland History and Culture Center’s curated budget for displays is sponsorship driven with charter organizations and members of the community contributing to the space. The Lakeland History and Culture Center Committee has been busy fundraising and the group is very close to reaching their goal. Charter members who contribute $500 or more to the project will have their name or company’s name on the donor wall that will greet visitors as they enter the Lakeland History and Culture Center. The deadline for being a part of the donor wall is December 31, 2021.
|Cops for Kids Toy Donations Now in its 15th year, the Cops for Kids toy donation program, with the help of generous community donors, allows families to provide their children with a happy holiday. New unwrapped toy donations for children up to 12 years of age can be dropped off at any of the following locations:Lakeland Police Station / 219 N. Massachusetts Ave. Lakeland Libraries (Main & Jackson Branch) / 100 Lake Morton Dr. and 1700 N. Florida Ave.City Hall / 228 S. Massachusetts Ave.Lakeland Electric / 501 E Lemon St.Kelly Recreation Complex / 404 Imperial Blvd.|
Monetary donations are also accepted and can be mailed to:Attn: Crime Prevention UnitLakeland Police Department219 N Massachusetts AvenueLakeland, FL 33801
Please notate Cops for Kids on the memo line of your check or money order.
|YOUR CITY NEEDS YOU! Serve on a Board or Committee today!|
Advisory groups play a critical role in municipal government. Some boards are required by state law and others were created by the Lakeland City Commission to be advisors in specific areas. Citizens play a major role in local government by serving on a board or committee. Board members make key decisions from reviewing construction requirements and design review in the Historic Preservation Board to deciding on the types of development taking place in the community through the Planning & Zoning Board. The City of Lakeland has 19 City Boards & Committees that focus on a number of topics that include: arts, beautification, development, design review, code enforcement, historic preservation and more. Go to www.lakelandgov.net/boards to learn more about each board and how you can make a difference by lending your voice to local government. The web link also has an application and a list of current board openings. Time commitment varies, but most committees meet once per month and a term is held for three years. Residents are encouraged to participate in these groups or nominate those who want to serve.