Bicycle Maintenance Station at Lake Hollingsworth 

At Lake Hollingsworth,  a bicycle maintenance station was installed recently. There is an air pump and some repair tools. 

The station can be found just off the trail, east of the parking lot. Very handy!

 

New Park Bench on Trail



A new park bench has been installed on the Peterson Park trail. It is about halfway down the jogging path between the end of New Jersey Road and the walking bridge. What a nice view!

New Sign at Woodlake Park!

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New sign installed at Woodlake Park on the corner of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive. Other recent addition to the park is 6 pickleball courts and the pond was landscaped last year.

Woodlake Park is located at 3415 New Jersey Road. The park amenities include: tennis, children’s playground, pavilion, picnic tables, grills, green space, and pickleball courts. The park is landscaped with large oak trees, a landscaped pond, and other trees and bushes.

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Educational Signs at Lake Somerset Park

Two new educational signs have been placed in Lake Somerset Park boat ramp parking area. They can be accessed off Glendale Road.

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Woodpeckers at Lake Somerset Park

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Woodpeckers can be seen in Lake Somerset Park along with a variety of other song birds such as blue jays, red-winged blackbirds, sparrows, and mocking birds.

These quick little birds are fun to watch and to photograph while visiting Lake Somerset Park.

For more information, visit the Audubon Society’s webpage on woodpeckers.

 

Osprey Platform at Lake Somerset

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Osprey Nest at Lake Somerset

A pole with an osprey platform was installed on April 14th, 2014 in Lake Somerset Park adjacent New Jersey Road. Osprey have attempted to build a nest on a nearby relay station. The platform has been installed in hopes that the osprey will select the platform as a suitable nesting site in the future.

It seems that an osprey has taken notice of the platform and maybe making Lake Somerset Park his home.

Osprey are beautiful birds with a distinctive black eyestripe. They are superb fishers and prefer nesting in high locations.

For more information on osprey and their nests, visit: Osprey page at FWC.

Rookery News Update

According to the City of Lakeland twitter account:

“Staff recommends regulatory signage to protect rookery islands in Lake Somerset. Waiting on approval from FWC.”

https://mobile.twitter.com/lakelandgov/status/411517450178400256

Bicycle Friendly Community Video

Lakeland, Florida has been awarded a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists (LAB). This video demonstrates some of the improvements for bicyclists by the City of Lakeland, such as the Bright Green Bike Boxes at Lake Hollingsworth

This video, A Bike Friendly Community by Antwan Key, was posted by ylakeland.com.

Also see Woodlake’s page on for information specific to the Woodlake area.

Additional information and Videos
For a video specifically on Bike Boxes see: http://www.lakelandgov.net/Bicycling/BikeBoxes.aspx

City’s Bicycle Info:http://www.lakelandgov.net/Bicycling.aspx

Trail Maps: http://www.lakelandgov.net/Bicycling/TrailsFacilities.aspx

Edgewood Trail: http://www.lakelandgov.net/Portals/Root/WestEdgewoodDriveTrail.pdf

http://www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec/WhatToDo/Explore/JoggingandWalkingPaths.aspx

 

Woodlake Pond Landscaping

Woodlake Pond is in Woodlake Park at the intersection of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive. It is a stormwater pond managed by the Lakes and Stormwater Department of the City of Lakeland.

How was it landscaped?

It was landscaped with a variety of native plants that will help absorb excess nutrients from the water, keeping it a healthy and more natural environment. The plants will need about a year to become fully established. Some plants will be in bloom at different parts of the year. Certain native plants were selected to make the landscaping more beautiful.

What kinds of plants were selected?

What happened?

You may have noticed that the City of Lakeland cleaned out the pond on the corner of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive a few months ago. Then, grass was allowed to re-establish on the embankment. Finally, it was landscaped with a variety of native plants.

Why did the pond need work?

The environment in the pond had become a mono-culture: only one type of plant had taken over, preventing other plants from becoming established. The pond needed intervention to return to a diversified environment. The offending plant, Spatterdock (cow lily), was removed mechanically.

How can I help keep my neighborhood lakes and ponds landscaped and clean?

For more information, see brochure “Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood: Maintaining, Landscaping, and Improving Stormwater Ponds” and the Lakeland water flow map.

Download Brochure or Download Map
Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood

 

This brochure will tell you more about how to  landscape around ponds and lakes in your neighborhood. It suggests water plants that are easier to maintain and native. It also gives tips on preventing water pollution that can affect your neighborhood.

Lake Somerset Meeting Summary

Presentation by Lakes and Stormwater, C. Porterfield

Presentation by Lakes and Stormwater Department, C. Porterfield

Advisory signs have been posted at the Lake Somerset boat ramp and around the rookery. Additionally, educational signage will be installed near the parking area by the city. A safety issue was proposed that the lake has several blind corners on the water around the small islands.
Lake Somerset is an urban public access lake, managed by the city. Currently, there is not currently a supporting ordinance to regulate speed alone. The rookery has not been designated as a specially protected zone, but has many wild birds that nest there.
The city will follow up with the FWC to investigate the safety issue.
*Meeting notes were submitted by a Woodlake Garden Patio Homes Attendee.