June 23, 2024


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Can’t wait for Bonnet Springs opening? Hit the website


Typically, I would dismiss an announcement that Bonnet Springs Park — the mammoth 168-acre tract amongst West Memorial Boulevard and George Jenkins Boulevard that has been under improvement for the earlier 6 years — is scheduled to open up.

Not this time.

Floor was broken for the park in March 2020, whilst scheduling begun several years prior to that. Since that time, the result of an opening-day announcement has always been the same: Announce the opening for the coming spring. Force the day again as wintertime ends to the starting of summer season. Summer nears, the opening turns to autumn. Autumn’s date lapses into winter. Repeat.

Driving by on Kathleen Highway, the development occasionally appeared of the two-measures-ahead-a single-move-back selection. Dust piled up one particular day would clean away the future. A steel body would spring up overnight, then stand barren for weeks.

The Harrell Family Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse at Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland.

But this time, there is a date, and it is a agency date: October 22 — the fourth Saturday.

Not only is there a organization date, but there are structures, a big treehouse, trails, benches, lights and drinking water attributes. With 119 days remaining, what is actually left to be done looks doable.

In a movie about the coming opening, Josh Henderson, CEO for the park, commences with “It is about time,” referencing the line that was repeated at the start of the video by many Lakelanders. It has, in fact, been a extensive time coming.



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