Since it’s renovation over 30 years ago, Lake Eola Park has become a destination for residents and visitors alike. It is home to countless events each, an award-winning farmer’s market, and has been a key component of the resurgence of downtown Orlando into the vibrant city center that it is today. Today, Lake Eola Park is showing wear from the millions of annual visitors that have frequented the park.
As a result, the city has determined that it is time to re-envision the park in anticipation of the next 50 years. To address this, work has commenced on a master plan that will not only determine the physical changes needed but will help to guide the park’s place in the context of the larger downtown, city, and region.
In addition to re-envisioning the park, Orlando Land Trust has committed to preserve, protect and expand Lake Eola Park. The mission of the Orlando Land Trust is to protect and improve green space for a healthier Orlando. To realize this goal, the Trust is collaborating with The Trust for Public Land to acquire the Murrell property on the southwest corner of Lake Eola Park and convert it into public green space.
Additionally, the city is looking to create a park on the corner of Orange Ave. and Robison St. Sitting on 0.28 acres at the intersection of Orange Ave. and Robinson St., the future Orange Robinson Park will contain amenities that include a two-story container structure with café, art gallery, stage, and seating. In addition, A/V equipment will be located throughout the park’s footprint; there will be space for two food trucks (semi-permanent and revolving); hammock rentals; green space for scheduled activities; and a downtown gateway feature.
In Creative Village, the 2.3-acre, $5.3 million Creative Village Park will provide opportunities for students, residents, and visitors to gather, play, and enjoy the outdoors. The park will include a level open space area for events or unorganized recreation, landscaped areas shaded with canopy trees, various types of seating, functional and decorative lighting, and hardscaped areas for performance, and/or future art installations. The park will also include a large artistic circular trellis that will serve as the aesthetic cornerstone of the park and provide additional shaded area for park patrons. Construction on the park is expected to begin this fall and be completed in October 2021.