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Florida's latest urban park: Bonnet Springs Park
« on: November 28, 2022, 07:37:40 AM »
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Completed in late October 2022, Downtown Lakeland's Bonnet Springs Park is a $110 million public space funded one hundred percent through donations from local businesses, organizations and residents. The park was developed on the site of a Seaboard Coast Line rail yard that operated between 1906 and 1982. Bonnet Springs Park is a great example for groups seeking to improve public spaces in their respective cities, neighborhoods and communities.


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Re: Florida's latest urban park: Bonnet Springs Park
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2022, 08:56:00 AM »
This one is crazy to me. Lakeland isn't a big place. They just spent 9 figures on what looks like an incredible public space.

Goes to show you that businesses will contribute....if you develop a solid plan so they know what the money is going towards.

Any idea how long it took them to raise the money?

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Re: Florida's latest urban park: Bonnet Springs Park
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2022, 10:58:12 AM »
^^ Yeah that is an insane amount of money to raise privately, particularly in a city of that size.  100% private financing for a park is pretty rare as well, regardless of the amount.   
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Re: Florida's latest urban park: Bonnet Springs Park
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2022, 04:03:26 PM »
I believe the park concept was initially proposed around 2015 or so.
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Re: Florida's latest urban park: Bonnet Springs Park
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2023, 01:26:03 PM »
This one is crazy to me. Lakeland isn't a big place. They just spent 9 figures on what looks like an incredible public space.

Goes to show you that businesses will contribute....if you develop a solid plan so they know what the money is going towards.

Any idea how long it took them to raise the money?
The fundraising for Bonnet Springs started in 2017.  There were several major donors that contributed to the park in addition to the tremendous public support.  Having visited the park back in January, I must say that I'm impressed and anticipate that open space to look even better once the newer foliage starts to mature.