Imagine a floating playground in the middle of Lake Nona. That’s what the Tavistock Group plans to build in what is becoming Central Florida’s sports tourism destination.

Tavistock has filed plans with the City of Orlando to build a floating water park by WitBit Sports, a German company that has built modular sports parks in New Zealand, Hungary and the Bahamas. The parks include obstacle courses, inflatable slides, trampolines and climbing walls.

It will be placed in the man-made lake south of the Orlando VA Medical Center. The plans also include a five-story climbing tower near the lake, a cable-supported wake boarding facility, four soccer fields and a clubhouse with a snack bar, pro shop, covered seating and bleachers.

Tavistock has been marketing the Lake Nona area as a sports-oriented community that already has the USTA National Campus, a training facility for Orlando City Soccer Club and a new golfing range under construction in its Lake Nona Sports & Performance District. The 17-square-mile district integrates athletics and innovation bringing together world-class athletes, medical researchers and innovative companies to encourage health and wellness.

Tavistock did not return phone calls about the proposed park.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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