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City Reveals Plans For Park Under I-4

With the revitalization of The Citrus Bowl there has been interest in rebuilding the city around it.  Mayor Buddy Dyer mentioned in this years State of Downtown address that the city would be working with the Department of Transportation to create a common ground between the East and West sides of I-4 in an effort to build up the community in the Paramore area.  In this case the common ground is going to be an Urban playground.  The plans are still in the conceptual stage but the city has released a sketch of what the park under I-4 would look like.

Dyer spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser says-“This is a long-term project and as construction under I-4 happens and that area changes, that vision and specific plans for the area will further formalize and we will know more specifics then,” Lafser says in an email. “In the meantime, we will continue to work with FDOT to envision what this will look like and how we can connect the Downtown neighborhoods on both sides.”

The Bridge District Under-I Project Will Help Rebuild The Community

The land for the Bridge District currently belongs to FDOT and there is no partnership agreement in place for the development of the park or designated funding for it.The plans haven’t been approved yet but the City Of Orlando is hoping that giving the FDOT a visual will help them see the big picture.  The unofficial plans for the project for the Bridge District are being called the “Under-I” with designs including five distinct areas:

The Market Walk: Located in front of Church Street Station and off of South Garland Avenue, this section has a boardwalk that connects the east and west; digital information kiosk; vendor kiosks, tents and pavilions; and a historic Church Street mural.

Events & More: Next to The Market Walk, this area would include a “walk of light,” with specialty LED lighting and projections; pop-up event spaces; life-size chess board; a skateboard/ bike play area that would have obstacles, ramps and jumps; dog run; a rally square; picnic tables and seating; and table sports like chess, checkers, dominoes, etc.

Family Time: This area is currently in front of existing surface parking off Pine Street, which the city labeled as a “future redevelopment opportunity.” Family Time would include a splash pad, accessible tot lot, playground, food truck staging, more picnic tables, LYNX super stop, sandbox, open play area, interactive sculpture garden and musical super swings.

Urban Athletics: The biggest section of the five, this area would include shuffleboard/bocce courts; track loop; food truck staging; seating, multi-purpose hard courts, including ones for basketball and volleyball; administration pavilion; and indoor soccer fields with artificial turf.

Parramore Neighborhood Gateway: The last area, off Washington Street, is the smallest section. It will include a Parramore Heritage Walk that will highlight significant Parramore figures; a Parramore Heritage Mural that depicts the history of the area; and an urban trail from Westmoreland to Lake Eola.