We love parks … but, some parks were created a little less equal than others. Festival Park in the Milk District [Gmap] is one of the largest parks in the City of Orlando, but it also happens to be one of the ugliest.
Kept spartanly clean with a mow and blow maintenance plan, the 16-acre park is generally used to host strangely dichotomous outdoor events like VegFest or the Bacon Festival and left vacant for the majority of the year. A basketball court to the Southwest of the property sees mild use and a volleyball court in the north section is fairly popular, but the most interesting spot of the park (our opinion) is the community garden, which happens to be one of the nicest such gardens in town (again, our humble opinion).
We wish we could build on the success of the garden by spreading its programming across the space and creating the city’s first urban orchard/giant community garden. Mature fruiting trees that would provide shade for events as well as edible landscaping and hundreds of garden plots could make this one of the largest public gardening spaces in the state.
The plot could host a community apiary or a demonstration chicken coop as part of the City’s Backyard Chicken program. Local farmers markets and community events could still happen there, but instead of a flat lawn and handful of old oaks and palm trees the canopy would be pomegranates and citrus.
What do you think? What do you wish this was?