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Project Update: Lancaster Ranch

Post Date:04/03/2018 4:17 PM
Naturally Kissimmee

One of the greatest gifts the City of Kissimmee has been given is the natural environment around us. We are fortunate to rest on the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga where hundreds of residents and visitors enjoy fishing, walking, riding, and playing each day. Our City is also home to a stunning segment of Shingle Creek. With trails, boat access points, and natural parks, this part of our City feels like an escape from the Central Florida hustle and bustle.

Shingle Creek Regional Trail

The City of Kissimmee’s “Back Yard”

That’s why we’re so excited to reveal the first renderings for the Lancaster Ranch Project. This 150-acre area just south of Downtown Kissimmee is ripe for a wide-open, natural park space. If Kissimmee Lakefront Park is the front yard of our City, consider the Lancaster Ranch Project the back yard. This park would add open green space, miles of walking trails, beautifully natural scenery, and recreation space for all to enjoy.

Lancaster Ranch Renderings City of Kissimmee park project

 Planning Together

To help determine how to best develop this area, residents were given the opportunity to fill out a survey or attend a public workshop. Our goal was to hear what residents would and would not like in this type of park. What we found out was that people want to see native plants in the park as well as to preserve historical and environmental elements. There was a lot of support for active access to Shingle Creek, which runs as the southern border of the park, as well as space for pavilions and a recreation center/fieldhouse.

Boat Ramp access shingle creek

 More Updates to Come

Our desire is that our residents and visitors will have the chance to enjoy the natural beauty around them while still receiving the opportunities and amenities that the City of Kissimmee offers. The Lancaster Ranch Project is currently in the engineering and design phase which is projected to take approximately two years. Construction will then run in phases over the following three years pending the allocation of funds by the City Commission. Stay tuned for more project updates on Lancaster Ranch as it continues to develop.

 

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