The New Jersey Road and Sylvester Road area will be undergoing some improvements. Here are the highlights so far:
- The intersection of New Jersey Road and Sylvester Road will become an “ALL-WAY” Stop.
- For the next three weeks, improvements will be made for drainage along New Jersey Road in preparation for the next phase of the New Jersey Trail project.
- Later this summer, the New Jersey Trail will help complete the park trail system that joins Three Park Trail, Lake Hollingsworth and Crystal Lake Trail.
See details and maps on the links below:
New Jersey Trail
Three Parks Trail Map
New Jersey Road Construction
According to the City of Lakeland twitter account:
“Staff recommends regulatory signage to protect rookery islands in Lake Somerset. Waiting on approval from FWC.”
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
What: Food Truck Rally Anniversary
When:November 14, 2013 6:00-9:00pm
100 S. Kentucky Ave Lakeland, 33801 United States
What happens at the rally?
LAKE WIRE HYDRILLA REMOVAL
PROJECT SCHEDULED TO START NOVEMBER 18TH
LAKELAND,FL (November 7, 2013) – The City of Lakeland has partnered with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) to remove the hydrilla in Lake Wire. Hydrilla is an invasive water plant that found its way into Florida waterways following release from aquariums in the 1960’s.
The contractor working for the City of Lakeland, Texas Aquatic Harvesting will be on site at Lake Wire November 15th with actual hyrdrilla removal starting the week of November 18th. The work is expected to take up to 30 days from the start of the project.
Roadways around Lake Wire will not be blocked during the project. Sidewalks will remain open with very minimal impact as hydrilla is hauled away. ITW was the owner of the former Florida Tile property located on the west side of Lake Wire. The hydrilla harvesting program and work plan for Lake Wire recently received approval from the FDEP and incorporates an agreement between ITW and the City. ITW will pay $22,500 each year for the next three years to have the invasive water plant harvested from Lake Wire as a mandated lake clean-up effort.
Hydrilla has not been removed from Lake Wire since 2004. The invasive species is a great water filtering plant but it has a tendency to choke water ways with its rapid growth. As an invasive species, hydrilla has become the most serious aquatic weed problem for Florida and one of the most serious for most of the United States.
The City of Lakeland’s Division of Lakes & Stormwater will be overseeing the hydrilla harvesting project. For more information, call Curtis Porterfield, Manager of Lakes & Stormwater at 863-834-8439.
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?
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
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.
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.