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I think the City of Orlando should really try to buy up all the remaining land for Lake Eola Park. The Fifth-Third Building on the NW corner. The cluster of buildings on the SW corner. And the World of Beer Building (?) in the South Center. It would cost a lot of money, but I think it would be money well spent. Lake Eola Park might be downtown's biggest asset.

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8 minutes ago, orange87 said:

I think the City of Orlando should really try to buy up all the remaining land for Lake Eola Park. The Fifth-Third Building on the NW corner. The cluster of buildings on the SW corner. And the World of Beer Building (?) in the South Center. It would cost a lot of money, but I think it would be money well spent. Lake Eola Park might be downtown's biggest asset.

Make your donation now to the Orlando Land Trust to add the lots at Central and Rosalind to the park!

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1 minute ago, spenser1058 said:

Make your donation now to the Orlando Land Trust to add the lots at Central and Rosalind to the park!

Which buildings are being considered on that corner? It looks like there are four. The Rosalind Club building, 7-Eleven building, City Centre building and that thing that looks like a house.

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15 minutes ago, orange87 said:

Which buildings are being considered on that corner? It looks like there are four. The Rosalind Club building, 7-Eleven building, City Centre building and that thing that looks like a house.

The first to be purchased will be the 7-Eleven. The sevvie can relocate to the old Delta ticket counter at the Metropolitan (corner of Washington and Rosalind) for those who can’t seem to live without their Big Gulp fix.

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Isn't there two businesses operating on that corner already?  7/11 can move into the empty spot in Moderna if they want the corner so bad.

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3 minutes ago, codypet said:

Isn't there two businesses operating on that corner already?  7/11 can move into the empty spot in Moderna if they want the corner so bad.

I thought they got zapped in the protests last summer but I’m sure the crowd at the sevvie and the UC would have a fine time together also!

Or heck, they could even build a brand new brick 7-Eleven on the empty lot at Rosalind and Washington. There could be  gas pumps downtown!

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Can't wait to see what GAI comes up w from all the public meetings to create the new 'Master Plan' for improvements to the park.

One of the bigger things I think gets overlooked is there really isn't anything to tie together the history/different areas around the park. You mention the Ting and amphitheater, wouldn't it be cool to share the story of how this is the 4th amphitheater on the lake ? There's the 'Sister Cities' sign by WOB but it's in the middle of some grass and idk if there's anything to read there about how those cities are tied to Orlando.

If you take the entrance into the park across from Publix  there are two plaques to the left and right, the one on the right is so far in you have to go into the landscaping to really see it and both just seem really random. The marble from Taiwan and the bridge over nothing by Rosalind either go overlooked or leave people with a big question mark. At least the busts along the bridge they built in the 90s have info you can read about them, but also seem dropped in the park without much purpose to their location that's now mainly (only?) really used for the farmer's market.

I think an online walking tour of the city's history as it's represented around the lake would be really awesome. Maybe have QR codes to a map of items in the park, then each item have a QR to it's info. A sign somewhere to teach my mom how to use QR codes would also have to be placed. Lol

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The Mayor Marks and the Linton Allen markers were closer to the sidewalk prior to Mayor Bill’s 1987 redo that added the seating on the incline leading up to Central. The main path used to be hidden along that stretch as there was simply a wall holding the earth in between it and the street. A lot of naughtiness used to occur along that stretch. The restrooms were also stone “bunkers” that weren’t particularly safe.

In fact, iirc, the Centennial Fountain marker was on the side of the fountain’s old pump house which was replaced.

The concrete path along the lake was doubled (and the brick shoulders added), which also had to do with some of the relocation.

Nevertheless, almost 35 years later, it’s definitely time to revisit the issues you mention. The sculptures along the “international bridge” (it opened in time for World Cup in ‘94, I think) are an interesting case. If the Confederate statue was removed because of civil rights issues, some of those sculptures would likely have their own issues if scrutinized by today’s standards.

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Some of the art in Lake Eola Park.

NOTE: Yes. I got most of these pictures from Google Maps. So sue me. I'm not driving all the way over there right now. lol

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5 hours ago, Jernigan said:

Turrrible 

Not to worry. St. Buddy cometh down from high atop the Dome with a tablet and sayeth “It is good.” So it must be OK, right!?!

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One other fun thing I’ve thought about - if Lake Eola’s so unimportant, why exactly is it not only on the official city seal and the city flag, but also just about everything else to do with the city?

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10 hours ago, spenser1058 said:

One other fun thing I’ve thought about - if Lake Eola’s so unimportant, why exactly is it not only on the official city seal and the city flag, but also just about everything else to do with the city?

What else were we going to put on the seal & flag? A strip mall?

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5 hours ago, F-L-A said:

What else were we going to put on the seal & flag? A strip mall?

Mickey ears. Or “visit Orlando.” Bottom line, Lake Eola Park is immensely important to the city and its resident, as evidenced by attempts to preserve and expand. It is downtown’s crown jewel. Any argument otherwise is silly and facetious.

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