ORLANDO, FL.– Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart joined Dr. Phillips Charities in laying the foundation stone for the Packing District’s new 66-acre public park.
The park, located in the new Packing District and built by Dr. Phillips Charities, will serve as the new home for the Orlando Tennis Center and will feature biking and walking rides, green areas, a water pond regional rainfall and preserved wetlands. A large outdoor pavilion with space for artistic presentations will also be added.
“This new park solidifies our commitment to invest in our neighborhoods to provide our residents with more facilities and improved infrastructure,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are grateful for the partnership with Dr. Phillips Charities in the development of the Packing District and for the opportunity it gives us to improve the quality of life for our residents with more recreational options and green spaces.”
The new Orlando Tennis Center will have 11 clay courts and 6 concrete courts for a total of 17, as well as a modernized clubhouse with the latest technology. In addition, the park will have a 101-space parking lot, a tennis center and a 10-foot-wide path, which will extend along Orange Blossom Trail, Princeton Avenue, Texas Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue, facilitating access. pedestrians and cyclists. The park’s regional stormwater pond will provide a visually pleasing landscape for visitors and improve water quality throughout the area by collecting and treating stormwater runoff.
“I am grateful to Dr. Phillips Charities and Mayor Dyer for their leadership on a project in which both the public and the environment will benefit,” added Commissioner Stuart. “Much like when the municipality partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation on the 2008 Dubsdread golf course renovation, this park will provide the opportunity to conduct a unique stormwater runoff treatment and create a green space. for the enjoyment of the residents. I am excited about the amenities that both the park and the Packing District will bring to our community.”
“Dr. Phillips Charities has a long history of working with the City of Orlando and leadership to improve Orlando. Mayor Dyer, Commissioner Stuart, Commissioner Hill, and city employees have been instrumental in bringing this vision to life. Big cities have excellent facilities and this park is one more example of Orlando’s continued progress, “said Dr. Phillips Charities President and CEO Ken Robinson.” The park will provide a healthy environment for our community in many ways, such as improved quality of water, safe trails to enjoy a bike ride or jog, a place for families to grow, learn and explore together or just relax in the pavilion.
Construction of the park is scheduled to be completed in late summer / early fall 2021.