The City of Orlando is committed to investing in our neighborhoods to provide residents with amenities and enhancements to our infrastructure.
- Three new state-of-the-art replacement Orlando Fire Department stations will soon serve the Rosemont, Baldwin Park and Engelwood neighborhoods. These modern facilities will help firefighters continue to deliver top-rated fire and medical service to the community.
- Orlando is home to more than 100 parks. Through the creation of a new citywide parks master plan, we have committed to building more parks and creating better access to the parks we already have.
- The city’s main street districts have received national and international acclaim. These unique districts have created vibrant neighborhood centers that offer a diverse array of local food and retail options.
As we continue to set our priorities with the goal of enhancing the quality of life and safety of our residents, our plan of action includes:
Restoring our Brick Streets
The City of Orlando will invest increased funding towards street rehabilitation efforts – specifically targeting roads most in need of repair based on the City’s Pavement Condition Index. The majority of these roadways are brick streets and through $10 million in dedicated funding, the City will move forward a multi-year effort to repair and rehabilitate many of these.
Creating an Orlando Bicycle Beltway
The Orlando Bicycle Beltway will be a total of 8.25 miles, creating a loop, from Downtown to the Fashion Square/Colonial area and back. Creating a beltway involves connecting our existing trail network by filling gaps and ultimately connecting Downtown to the region’s trail system.
Renovating Lake Lorna Doone Park in partnership with Florida Citrus Sports
Lake Lorna Doone Park, located in the West Lakes neighborhood, has been renovated to enhance the amenities at the park. Improvements include a complete lakefront pedestrian path, splash pad, improved multi-purpose fields, barrier-free playground, a community garden, better parking, replaced basketball courts, a new open air pavilion and water feature in the lake.
Expanding the Rosemont Neighborhood Center to include a new gymnasium
The Rosemont Neighborhood Center serves more than 400 residents everyday, including more than 100 students enrolled in after–school programs. The new gymnasium opened in 2021 and provides an expanded space for athletic and senior programming.
Enhancing the Dover Shores Neighborhood Center with relocated tennis courts and a new shade structure
Dover Shores Neighborhood Center serves more than 800 residents each day. The new shade structure and relocated tennis courts will provide new spaces for youth and senior programming.
Building New Fire Stations
The City of Orlando is investing in three state-of-the-art replacement fire stations over the next five years. These new stations include Station 6, 9 and 11. Stations 6 and 9 have been fully renovated while Station 11 will soon be under construction.
Improving Constitution Green with a dog wash and enhanced lighting
As part of the Project DTO Vision Plan, Downtown’s first public dog run was opened in 2016. The City of Orlando further invested in this dog run by adding a dog wash and lighting, allowing our four-legged residents more time to safely play and a place to clean up when they are done.
Cleaning up Lake Notasulga
Earlier this year the City of Orlando acquired Lake Notasulga, named after the birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston. After years of neglect from the previous owners, the City of Orlando is committed to restoring this environmentally–sensitive area. The enhancements in the area will also include stormwater drainage and enhancing pedestrian safety with new sidewalks in the Harrelston Estates neighborhood.
Building a new home for the Orlando Tennis Centre
With the development of the Creative Village, the City of Orlando is dedicating funding to construct a new home for the Orlando Tennis Centre to serve our residents and patrons at a new location to be determined.
Repurposing Grand Avenue Elementary to preserve this community landmark
Repurpose Grand Avenue Elementary to a youth and family recreational center, this will include the relocation of the Pottery Studio and programming currently at the Downtown Recreation Center. Visit orlando.gov/grandave.
Adding greenspace at Orange Avenue and Robinson Street
The corner of Orange and Robinson will be transformed into a modern interactive public gathering space, known as Art2 (pronounced art squared), that will include a unique gathering space to include a café, art gallery, stage, seating and more. The area will serve a range of uses including a multi-media viewing space, impromptu performance space and open space.
Each project has a different time frame. This announcement initiates the process to start design and construction on the projects.
- The City of Orlando is investing approximately $65 million in neighborhood infrastructure improvements.
- The funding will come from a variety of sources, including the Stormwater Fund, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Fund and the issuance of a capital improvement bond.
- This dedicated funding will not increase the city’s annual General Fund debt service obligation.