#ComingSoon: Lakeland’s first outdoor recreation complex

Introducing 144 acres (not including bodies of water) of recreational activities | Photo by @thelaltoday

Bows ahead. 🚣 Early this October, the Lakeland Crago Outdoor Recreation Complex (525 Lake Crago Dr.) – aka, the City of Lakeland’s first outdoor recreation complexopens to the public

Before we dive into all the deets, know this: The complex is the only public kayaking and canoeing facility in the city + residents will be able to rent vessels for water-related activities. Water sports programming (like fishing tournaments) are also being planned. 

Quoteworthy: “We will have kayak tours that showcase the incredible five lakes that connect into a paddling trail where you and your family can spend an entire day experiencing Florida native environments. Finally, Lakeland has a facility that puts Lakes in Lakeland!” – Pam Page, the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation 

A preview of the space | Giphy by @thelaltoday

Here’s what you can expect, by the numbers. 

  • $7 million. The cost of the project. The Principle Architect was John Kirk (known for projects like The Yard on Mass + Haus 820) and design inspiration came from Pam Page, the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation.
  • 12,000 (sq. ft.). Approximately the size of the recreation center. Inside the center are two classrooms (an educational one + recreation-inspired one, which will offer new classes like yoga and Zumba) + a banquet room, which can fit up to 120 people and has giant window views of Lake Crago. Bonus: All rooms have smart screen TVs and Wifi.
  • 5. The number of rooms available for rent. Along with the banquet room + classrooms, residents can also rent the covered patio and educational amphitheatera revenue stream for the City.
  • 29. The number of natural species (plants, flowers + trees) used in landscaping that surrounds the park.
  • 70. The acreage of Lake Crago – which the recreation center overlooks.
  • 144. The acreage of Lake Crago Park, not including bodies of water.
  • 20. The number of years ago officials began discussing plans for the previously state-owned land.
  • 2011. The year the park was negotiated via a land swap with the state. A dog park and a boat ramp were opened at the park in 2015.
  • 5. The number of lakes the park is bounded by – including Hour Glass Lake, Little Lake Parker, Lake Parker, Tern Lake, and of course, Lake Crago.
  • 3. Phase three of the park is bringing on future amenities including three baseball fields, three multi-purpose fields, a concession stand, picnic pavilions, a boat dock on Hour Glass Lake, a playground, a few walking paths, a rental building, and a disc golf course

Take a sneak peek inside of the space, by clicking the button below.