Lake Lorna Doone Park Grand Reopening Celebration

Last updated on July 01, 2021

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill and Florida Citrus Sports Celebrate Grand Reopening of Renovated Lake Lorna Doone Park   

July 1, 2021 – ORLANDO, FL – Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill and Florida Citrus Sports celebrated the grand reopening of newly renovated Lake Lorna Doone Park. 

Located next to Camping World Stadium in the West Lakes neighborhoods, the 12-acre park has been renovated into a space where residents can gather to exercise, play, relax and connect to create community. Lake Lorna Doone Park is now home to the first inclusive playground for use by children of all abilities and water spray splash pad area at a City of Orlando park. Improvements to the park also include a walking loop and the installation of fitness stations, a pavilion and two basketball courts.   

“For the City of Orlando, providing park spaces that residents can enjoy is a top priority,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are thankful for such great partnerships to ensure this renovation became a reality and we can provide a great place where people can gather, children can play and where residents can build community." 

The renovation was made possible through a partnership with the City of Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports. Corporate and philanthropic partners including the National Football League, the Orlando Magic, The Collage Companies, Wayne Densch Charities, OUC-The Reliable One, the Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation and the College Football Playoff Foundation also contributed to the improvements. 

"It has been an honor to work closely with the residents of West Lakes, the City of Orlando and some amazingly generous donors to develop Lake Lorna Doone Park into an asset our region can enjoy and be proud of for years to come," Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said. "We talk often about the impact we can make in our community through investment in people, places and partnership, and this project is evidence of what is possible when we decide to listen, learn and work together as caring, connected neighbors." 

The park has long been a fixture in the community. It originally opened in 1925 when the city’s Recreation Committee suggested on July 1st of that year that the land owned by the city near Lake Lorna Doone be made into a park and picnic area. It was also the site of the first integrated Little League baseball game played in the south in 1955. Lake Lorna Doone Park is one of 113 City of Orlando parks.   

Images from today’s event can be found here


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