West Lake Parker Drive’s historic art walk in Lakeland, FL

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Rendering of West Lake Parker Drive multi-use path | Photo by Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency

Ah, the 1920s. The decade that brought Louis Armstrong’s jazz, Mickey Mouse’s steamboat, and Amelia Earheart’s flight. And now with a new art walk coming to the city, you can roar yourself right into these bygone days. Introducing the city’s first time machine. Well, kind of.

In partnership with the Polk County School Board, the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) is constructing a mile-long multi-use path along West Lake Parker Drive that will feature artwork depicting significant events in Lakeland’s history from 1920-2000.

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Rendering of West Lake Parker Drive multi-use path | Photo by Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency

Here’s the gist:

  • Location: The multi-use path will be located along West Lake Parker Drive for bicyclists and pedestrians alike.
  • Artists: Created by students from 10 Polk County Schools, some of these depictions will include Lakeland’s royal swans + SUN ‘n FUN.
  • Size: The (150) tiles are 12x12 in. each with larger panels showcasing bigger themes in history.
  • Timeline: The project is expected to begin during the ‘19 + ‘20 school year with the goal to have the artwork completed by May 2020.
  • Cost: The LCRA has budgeted $820,000 for the project.

And for all you bigger picture thinkers: The multi-use path is part of the city’s larger plans to increase bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

– LALtoday team (Jessica + Kaylee)

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