Our Town

City of Orlando

Orlando, Florida

$50,000

2012

Loch Haven Park in Orlando, Florida, was established in the 1960s and has become the region's premier cultural park. Its 45 acres are home to many of the city's arts and cultural institutions, such as the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, and Orlando Garden Club. The park, however, has developed in a piecemeal fashion, and the various organizations are not easily accessible from one another.

The City of Orlando, in partnership with the Friends of Mennello Museum and other local partners near the park, are planning to reposition the park as an international cultural tourism destination by improving the park design for walkability, fostering marketing collaboration between neighboring cultural institutions, identifying key connections to the new SunRail commuter rail project, and designing a small stage and seating area for outdoor events and festivals. Two unique public art installations will be sited in proximity to the park to create greater awareness of Loch Haven Park. The partners will also work with Lighthouse Central Florida to incorporate the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities into the park experience. The project will bolster Orlando's position as an arts hub in central Florida, home to 3.3 million residents as well as the 51 million tourists who visit the area each year.