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!

 

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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!

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.

 

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday!

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Don’t forget: Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3

Rule: Daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November, with all time changes officially taking place at 2:00 A.M. local time.

Tips:

  • For convenience, turn all your clocks back one hour before going to bed for the night
  • Don’t forget the clocks in your car, stove, and microwave
  • For “smart” clocks check for software updates or troubleshooting issues with your devices’ manufacturers ahead of time change (smartphones, tablets, computers). If you usually rely on smart devices to wake you up, you may want to set a standard alarm Saturday night just in case there is a software bug.
  • Don’t miss clocks on your personal items, such as: watches, medical devices, exercise equipment, etc.

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.

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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.

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