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Did you catch these interesting details within Kissimmee Lakefront Park?

Post Date:08/23/2018 3:31 PM
Lakefront Park Entrance Playground Kissimmee Lakefront Park 
Did you catch these interesting details within Kissimmee Lakefront Park?

One of the most visited locations in the City of Kissimmee is Kissimmee Lakefront Park. Known for its stunning sunrises, creative playgrounds and splash pads, fishing piers, and ideal event spaces, thousands of residents and visitors enjoy this award-winning park each day. Throughout the 30-acre park you’ll find parents enjoying time outside with their kids, photographers taking advantage of the gorgeous backdrop, friends and families holding events in one of our “old Florida” style pavilions, and plenty of birdwatchers, joggers, walkers, and bikers enjoying being active. With so much happening in this expansive park space, you might have missed these four interesting details within Kissimmee Lakefront Park.   

Lake Walk Oak Tree Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Rain Gardens

Have you wondered what those dry creek and pond spaces are around Kissimmee Lakefront Park? Our rain gardens are not only beautiful and unique, they also provide this park with one of most environmentally friendly stormwater systems in Central Florida. Rain gardens are superior to retention ponds in the way they filter water before it gets to our lake system. They also create a habitat for native plants and trees and foster an environment that allows for greater safety and mosquito control. So, enjoy the boardwalks over our rain gardens and know you’re in a green and clean environment.

Where is it? Spread out across the park, usually near an entrance point.  

Boardwalk Rain Gardens Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Time Capsule

Much has changed in this newly renovated park, but there is one walking space that hasn’t been altered in 35 years. On March 24, 1983, a time capsule was placed in Kissimmee Lakefront Park as part of the City’s centennial celebration. The current park design and construction was planned around the time capsule, so it was not moved or altered during redevelopment. This special nod to our community’s history will remain untouched for another 65 years until it is reopened on March 24, 2083.

Where is it? In Veterans Lawn, in front of a palm tree as you approach Lakeview Drive.

Time capsule and tree Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Bataan-Corregidor Memorial

Bataan-Corregidor Memorial is Kissimmee Lakefront Park’s original veteran memorial. Many people visit Kissimmee Lakefront Park to honor our veterans at one of the memorials located in the northern most section of the park, now called Veterans Lawn. Standing proudly along the edge of Lake Toho since 2005, the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial is dedicated to the Americans and Filipinos who served in the Philippines during World War II, especially those who lost their lives in the Bataan and Corregidor Death March. This historical location may be easy to miss as it sits in the northern most corner of the park, but it’s worth a visit during your next trip.

Where is it? Veterans Lawn, in the northern most point next to Lake Toho.

Bataan Corregidor Plaque Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Baffle Box

There’s something moving underneath Kissimmee Lakefront Park! Our community’s storm water drains lead right to Lake Tohopekaliga. Before it gets there, it must go through a filtration process to remove leaves and debris that could be harmful to the lake and the environment around it. That’s when baffle boxes come in. There are several of these handy filtration systems under the park, but there is one baffle box that you can see through a glass covered opening. Visitors can stop by the baffle box and learn about the process and even see it in action at any time during park hours.

Where is it? Veterans Lawn near the event stage.

Baffle Box Kissimmee Lakefront Park

 

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