The City of Winter Park will hold two meetings for residents to have a say in the future of Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

The city has hired GAI Consultants of Orlando to come up with a plan for the 26-acre park, which includes a softball facility, soccer fields, a community playground, walking paths and the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center.

The consultant’s suggestions include adding an open lawn event space on the southeast side of the lake, installing a water feature and creating an area for teens and young adults that could include a rock-climbing wall.

City planners will give an overview of the park to help attendees understand the opportunities and constraints for development and identify the public’s wishes for park development.

The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on April 25 and May 2 at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd. Both meetings will present the same information.

The park is the future site of the new Winter Park Public Library and convention center, which was tied up in litigation for more than a year after a political action committee questioned the location. Circuit Judge Jennifer Harris ruled in March that Winter Park citizens voted to approve the construction of the library and civic center in MLK Park, thus validating the city’s authority to begin construction.

Both meetings will focus on MLK Park and will not include discussion regarding the new library and events center.

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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