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Bonnet Springs Park Opens in 2022 in Lakeland – Become a Founding Friend or Buy a Brick or Bench

Friends of Bonnet Springs Park Lakeland

Imagine a park where you can stroll along a canopy walk under the oak trees, explore the nature trails, play at the brand new Florida Children’s Museum, attend a concert on the great lawn, smell the flowers in the sensory gardens, learn about Florida wildlife in the nature center, paddleboat on a lagoon, meet a friend for lunch at the cafe, host an event in the event center or treehouse, watch your children play on the nature playgrounds… sounds amazing right??

That is ALL coming to Lakeland with the creation of Bonnet Springs Park!

Bonnet Springs Park will open to the public in 2022. If you’ve driven along Memorial Boulvard or George Jenkins Boulevard in recent months, you may have noticed the large mountains of dirt taking shape and the buildings under construction. That is where Bonnet Springs Park will be located – 1025 George Jenkins Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33815.

Bonnet Springs Park will be FREE – there is no cost for admission! Unlike most of our other local parks, Bonnet Springs Park is a privately developed public park that depends solely on public support from the community.

Learn More – Bonnet Springs Video

Wondering how you can help make this amazing park a success?

The community is invited to join in the BSP mission to reconnect our community with history, with nature, and with each other. There are multiple opportunities to support Bonnet Springs Park at various giving levels – you can make a donation, sponsor a brick, or purchase a personalized bench.

The opportunity I’m most passionate about is Friends of Bonnet Springs Park. As a Board Member of FBSP {and somehow Vice-President – not sure who made that decision!} I have been part of the planning process to determine the financial foundation of our Friends group that will allow us to support park projects and event programming for years to come.

Will you join me as a Founding Friend of Bonnet Springs Park?

As a Founding Friend you join a unique group of individuals and families who have demonstrated their support of Bonnet Springs Park prior to the 2022 Grand Opening. Take an active role in supporting Bonnet Springs Park at the ground level for only $30. (Yep – only $30!) It also makes a great gift!

The Benefits

  • Recognition as a “Founding Friend of Bonnet Springs Park”
  • Friends of Bonnet Springs Park Magnet
  • “Welcome Certificate” to the Park and letter of appreciation
  • Monthly Bonnet Springs Park Email Newsletter
  • Knowing you are one of the original supporters of this brand new park that will be enjoyed by our children and grandchildren!
Bonnet Springs Park Rendering

What is expected of you

Nothing! We would love for you to learn more about Bonnet Springs Park and share your excitement with neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family as you tell them about this amazing project. Follow along with our progress during construction, and help spread the word as BSP becomes a place for our community to escape, engage, and explore.

Planning to wait and join when the park opens?

The opportunity to join as a Founding Friend will be available only during park development. As we approach the 2022 opening, our membership structure and pricing will change to include additional benefits, volunteer opportunities, and park events.

While we would love for you to become an annual member when the park opens, I encourage you to join now for only $30 and show your support as a Founding Friend of Bonnet Springs Park.

Bricks + Benches Campaign

For a limited time, you can also sponsor a personalized brick or bench to be placed in Bonnet Springs Park. This is a great way to Leave your Mark on the Park and share your support. Order through September 20, 2021.

Personalized Bricks are $200 each and include up to 3 lines of text. Bricks will be placed at the Welcome Center near the park entrance.

Personalized Benches are $2500 and include up to 3 lines of text. Benches will be placed through the park. Imagine surprising your children, your parents, grandparents, or other loved ones when you take them to sit on a bench with their name on it!

Bonnet Springs Master Plan and Map

To get an idea of the size of the park and see a map of the park, visit the Bonnet Springs website. Features of the park include brand new buildings like the Welcome Center, Florida Children’s Museum (formerly Explorations V Children’s Museum), The Depot, an Event Center for wedding receptions and events, a Greenhouse, and a Nature Center on the lagoon next to Lake Bonnet.

Outdoor features include the botanic gardens, heritage gardens, family lawn, boardwalk, canopy walk through the trees, butterfly conservatory. Looking for playgrounds? There will be multiple including the family playground, nature playground, and train playground.

This brand new park is located in the City of Lakeland, but it will improve the quality of life for all of Polk County and will be a place for everyone in Central Florida to escape, engage, and explore.

Important Links

Bonnet Springs Park is going to be a place to
• Escape •
• Engage •
• Explore •

Look for more coverage from Lakeland Mom on Bonnet Springs Park as we get closer to the park opening. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in supporting this brand new park in our community!

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