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Winter Park's vision is to be the best place to live, work and play in Florida for today’s residents and future generations.

quick facts about Winter Park

Known as the City of Culture & Heritage, Winter Park has several museums & galleries for you to enjoy. You can also experience Winter Park charm with outdoor cafés, bistros & upscale specialty shops & boutiques. Plus, the second oldest golf club in Central Florida has much in store for beginning to expert golfers.

  • Nestled among the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, a series of lakes interconnected by a series of navigable canals.

  • The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation's oldest, largest juried outdoor art festivals, rated among the top shows.

  • The city is home to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass.

  • Within the city is the Mead Botanical Garden which is a 47.6 acres park that encompasses several Ecosystems.

Winter Park

 City Unveils Touch Screen Kiosks

The Winter Park Community Redevelopment Agency will unveil four-touch screen kiosks that will provide a directory of businesses on Park Avenue. Information will be updated regularly by the city’s communications office.

“We’re looking for a July 4 target date,” said Kyle Dudgeon, the city’s economic development program manager.

Breath Free Promotes Smoke-Free Winter Park

Leaders of Winter Park’s health and business communities have gathered support around an initiative aimed at banning smoking on restaurant patios. About 30 Winter Park restaurants, including Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen, 4 Rivers Smokehouse and Bosphorus, have joined Breathe Free in the hopes of limiting the effects of secondhand smoke.

“We think our guests appreciate a clean and healthy environment in which to enjoy our specialty coffees and espresso drinks,” Jonathan Smiga, CEO of Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen, said. “Breath Free Winter Park is a breath of fresh air.”

20th Anniversary, 4th of July Celebration

The Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration will be extra special this year as the city celebrates 20 years of this Winter Park tradition. A presentation by Mayor Steve Leary followed by a live patriotic concert from the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble will be held at Central Park.

Other activities will include Clydesdale horse-drawn wagon rides and a bicycle parade. Guests can also enjoy free admission to both the Charles Hosmer More Museum of American Art and The Winter Park History Museum. Free bike valet services, hot dogs, watermelon and water will be available for all to enjoy.

Scholarships for Women in STEM Fields

The Winter Park, American Association of University Women have awarded scholarships to women who plan on pursuing a degree in a STEM field – science, technology, engineering and math. Five local women, who have all maintained close to a 4.0 grade point average, each received $1,000 to aid with their tuition.

“These scholarships reinforce the importance of higher education and gender equity in school and the workplace,” said Linda Macdonald, the association’s public relations coordinator. “It’s been a top goal for the association to get more women into these math and science-related careers.”

Winter Park selected as 2015 Playful City Honoree

Sponsored by the Humana Foundation, KaBOOM officials work with local elected officials, parks and recreation departments, school districts and community leaders to address any “play deficit” they might find. Winter Park has been called a leader in “playability,” as the city makes it easy for children to find balanced and active opportunities to play, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

The city’s First Historic Preservation Awards

On July 13th, a ceremony was held in honor of those who have contributed to the historic preservation of Winter Park. Four awards were given to both residential and commercial properties. The Excellence in Residential Renovation award went to Rick and Wendy Hosto who own the Annie B. Johnston House and the Excellence in Adaptive Reuse award was given to the Kummer-Kibbourne residence, home to the Keewin Real Property Co. offices. The Excellence in Commercial Renovation was given to the owner of The Coop, John Rivers. Lastly, the Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation was given to the family of the late John Spang. Spang is known for the East India Clothing Store and the Ice Cream Parlor as well as the landmark Park Plaza Hotel and Park Plaza Garden restaurant.

 

“This is tremendous,” said Mayor Steve Leary. “It’s the people of the city who make this city work.”