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A $50,000 NEA "Our Town" Grant for Loch Haven Park!

Loch Haven Park in Orlando, Florida, was established in the 1960s and has become the region's premier cultural park. Its 45 acres are home to many of the city's arts and cultural institutions, such as the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, and Orlando Garden Club. The park, however, has developed in a piecemeal fashion, and the various organizations are not easily accessible from one another.

The City of Orlando, in partnership with the Friends of Mennello Museum and other local partners near the park, are planning to reposition the park as an international cultural tourism destination by improving the park design for walkability, fostering marketing collaboration between neighboring cultural institutions, identifying key connections to the new SunRail commuter rail project, and designing a small stage and seating area for outdoor events and festivals. Two unique public art installations will be sited in proximity to the park to create greater awareness of Loch Haven Park. The partners will also work with Lighthouse Central Florida to incorporate the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities into the park experience. The project will bolster Orlando's position as an arts hub in central Florida, home to 3.3 million residents as well as the 51 million tourists who visit the area each year.

http://www.arts.gov/national/ourtown/index.php

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Also don't forget tonight at Loch Haven Park:

July 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM will be the Dedication of the new Urban Trail.

Loch Haven Park

Near the Mennello Museum

900 East Princeton Street

Event Begins at 5:30 p.m.

Ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:15 p.m.

5K at 6:30 p.m.

Parking available Loch Haven Park in front of the Orlando

Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.

You will still be able to register for the FREE 5K at 5:30 today at the event.

For more information, visit cityoforlando.net

http://www.cityoforl...df/family5k.pdf

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A $50,000 NEA "Our Town" Grant for Loch Haven Park!

Loch Haven Park in Orlando, Florida, was established in the 1960s and has become the region's premier cultural park. Its 45 acres are home to many of the city's arts and cultural institutions, such as the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, and Orlando Garden Club. The park, however, has developed in a piecemeal fashion, and the various organizations are not easily accessible from one another.

The City of Orlando, in partnership with the Friends of Mennello Museum and other local partners near the park, are planning to reposition the park as an international cultural tourism destination by improving the park design for walkability, fostering marketing collaboration between neighboring cultural institutions, identifying key connections to the new SunRail commuter rail project, and designing a small stage and seating area for outdoor events and festivals. Two unique public art installations will be sited in proximity to the park to create greater awareness of Loch Haven Park. The partners will also work with Lighthouse Central Florida to incorporate the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities into the park experience. The project will bolster Orlando's position as an arts hub in central Florida, home to 3.3 million residents as well as the 51 million tourists who visit the area each year.

http://www.arts.gov/...rtown/index.php

This was a matching grant so the total is $100,000 from matching funds from

Florida Hospital and the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.

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This is exciting to see at long last! Poor Loch Haven Park has been a victim of indecisiveness for at least 70 years. It was originally slated to be a site for Orlando to host a large international exposition or World's Fair (which obviously never happened). The site assembled, thanks to Dr. P. Phillips and other local leaders, could have been every bit as significant as Piedmont Park in Atlanta or Centennial Park in Nashville, but infighting over the location of facilities (should they be used to save downtown or part of a cultural park at Loch Haven?) and turf wars with Winter Park mostly prevented any sort of coordination. Eola Park is a wonderful place but it really is too small to handle many of the civic activities that have taken place there over the years, especially with the renaissance of downtown (although I'm thrilled Eola is being used more and more these days, I finally had to give up running there due to the frequent congestion.) Over the years, many on these boards have wondered why Orlando didn't have a park that more closely resembled the large expanses in Chicago. Loch Haven always was here, you just couldn't tell by its lack of meaningful design. Hopefully, that is finally being addressed.

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This was a matching grant so the total is $100,000 from matching funds from

Florida Hospital and the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.

This is great. I think that the Bush Foundation also matched a $250,000 county grant for the Repertory theatre to improve their facility.

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I've been running through Loch Haven Park and noticed a couple of weeks ago the 20+ large dog statues throughout the park.  I am not sure if they are a permanent addition or not, but the museum says it's an exhibition through March.

 

http://www.mennellomuseum.com/special.html

 

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There is someone in College Park that has one of those in the front yard.  I wonder if it is the artist.

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There is someone in College Park that has one of those in the front yard.  I wonder if it is the artist.

 

I was too lazy to walk around the corner for a better shot, but the house is on Harrison Ave. I'm pretty sure the artist doesn't live there. 

 

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