Recent Winter Park community visioning efforts as well as City Commission-led work sessions and directives have provided a general framework to create a new city park as a true destination for public uses on a portion of city-owned vacant property (former Progress Energy site), located at the intersection of Denning Drive and Orange Avenue. This transformation is envisioned to clearly express Winter Park’s quality of life attributes and convey the values and specific features of this gateway location that are such a key part of Winter Park’s unique natural environment and sense of place.
The City Commission has focused its discussions and directives on the importance of activating and integrating the new park (and surrounding properties) with small-scale buildings containing a village-style mix of uses, amenities and events for customers and surrounding neighborhoods. Decades of research have shown the best-used public park spaces act as a crossroads for food, street cafés, restaurants, community gatherings, eating outdoors, rooftop dining, small shops and collaborative work spaces. This is critical to generating great social interaction amongst pedestrians, workers and residents who feel invited and welcome to a socially active environment.