Preserving a Piece of Old Florida
Horizon’s West has been named as one of the 25 best neighborhoods to live in Central Florida. Coming in at number 4, Winter Garden has been named one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. With the historic downtown district, the many natural lakes and famed West Orange Trail, Winter Garden has been attracting visitors nationwide who have decided to make this their new home.
City officials have recently announced new plans to use a $1.7 million grant to preserve a part of old Florida, known to locals as Tucker Ranch. According to City Manager, Mike Bollhoefer, “This is going to be one of the biggest and best projects we’ve ever done in Winter Garden.” The new park has plans to open in 2018 and is about 20 miles west of Orlando.
The park will have a 12-acre farm where they plan to grow fruits and vegetables to be sold at the city’s Farmers Market. It will also provide a new recreation spot close to Avalon Road and State Road 50 that features launches for canoes and kayaks, nature trails and a campground close to John’s Lake. Mary Burroughs, who lived on Tucker Ranch from 1954 until 1979, said her late mother, Corinne “Sweet Pea” Tucker, would be pleased with the city’s plan for their former home.