Public Invited to a "Deep Dive" Online Wednesday Afternoon for Lake Wales Envisioned

Zoom Event Will Examine "Big Green Network" Conservation Element


Last updated 6/19/2023 at 4:21pm

Courtesy Lake Wales Envisioned

A large-scale map of the Lake Wales Region depicts the topography and environmental resources of the area and serves as a base map for a large team of experts attempting to identify future parks and conservation targets, wildlife corridors, and water resources.

The interconnectedness of the Lake Wales Ridge and surrounding public and private lands will be the focus of an online "Deep Dive" presentation Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Those lands are the subject of detailed study as part of the Lake Wales Envisioned planning ongoing, which will address "Olmsted's Garden City in 10, 25, and 50 Years,"

The in-depth discussion of the draft "Big Green" and "Little Green" land conservation and open space concepts under evaluation will be shared with the public, seeking input will help a team of ecologists and conservation experts refine the plan ideas.

This is one of two online sessions planned for the upcoming weeks, and will include a brief presentation. Discussion and will be recorded and posted on the Internet following the meeting.

Other upcoming presentations by the team led by Dover, Kohl and Partners will include an online "Deep Dive: Complete Streets & Mobility" on June 29, and an in-person "Lake Wales Envisioned Community Update" from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on July 11th.

Registration for the two online events can be made at the Lake Wales Envisioned website.

Courtesy Lake Wales Envisioned

The Envisioned planning process is an attempt to manage the waves of development expected to impact the Lake Wales area in coming years. The process is taking into consideration all lands within an enormous surrounding area which may one day call upon the City of Lake Wales for municipal services.

The planning process has statewide implications and has attracted a host of co-sponsors and boosters, including 1000 Friends of Florida, the University of Miami, Rollins College, The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and Bok Tower Gardens, among others.


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