“As grandmas, we knew grandmothers would do anything for their grandchildren and we were right. So many grew up with Lake Eola and still visit it today so there is a huge support for preserving the park which truly is the heart of our wonderful city.”– EUGENIA SEFCIK
The Orlando Land Trust (Website), in partnership with the City of Orlando’s Community Redevelopment Agency, will host a press conference at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 23 to announce that it has successfully raised enough money to purchase property adjacent to Lake Eola Park, to be used as future park and open green space.
The Orlando Land Trust is a non-profit that was founded by two Orlando residents, Lynn Long and Eugenia Sefcik, powered by local philanthropist Ted Haddock, nearly two years ago to purchase property on the corner of Central Boulevard and Rosalind Avenue, to prevent it from further development.
The campaign has successfully raised $3.25 million to purchase the property and has donated it to the City of Orlando’s Community Redevelopment Agency, with the requirement that it be used solely as park and open green space, in perpetuity.
The buildings on the property currently house a locksmith, a barbershop, and a 7-Eleven. Their current leasing information was not available at the time of this post and a timeline on when the buildings will be demolished to construct the new park space is not public at this time.