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Florida parks offer FREE admission for International Literacy Day

Florida parks offer FREE admission for International Literacy Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service will celebrate National Literacy Month with special events at state parks statewide. The month will be celebrated in conjunction with International Literacy Day on Sunday, Sept. 8 and National Library Card Signup Month.

Chief chat next Monday, September 9

Chief chat next Monday, September 9

Lakeland, Florida - Lakeland Police Department's next Chief's Chat will be held on Monday, September 9.

It will be held in the community room of the Lakeland Police Department from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.

Chief’s Chat is an open forum offering citizens  the opportunity to discuss topics of interest in the community with Chief Lisa Womack.

New boat ramp installation completed at Lake Sears

New boat ramp installation completed at Lake Sears

Winter Haven, Florida-- Winter Haven locals can look froward to using a new boat ramp at Lake Sears, as Parks & Natural Resources reps say they completed installing it last week. 

The new ramp should minimize previous, reoccurring maintenance issues.

The new ramp at Lake Sears is located at 100 Lake Sears Drive in Winter Haven.

For more information, or upcoming event information visit Polk County's Parks & Rec website, or find them on Facebook.

Free video games for teens this week in Bartow

Free video games for teens this week in Bartow

Bartow, Florida -- As the school year winds down in Bartow, local teens will have a place to blow off a little steam and have some fun.

The Bartow Public Library is hosting a video game get-together complete with refreshments this Thursday.

Organizers say the teens are inveited to come enjoy popular Wii games such as Just Dance, Wii Basketball and Wii Play.

It's designed for young people grades 6-12, and will run from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., Thursday May 9th at the Bartow Public Library
2150 S. Broadway Ave.

Public meeting about Poinciana Park

Public meeting about Poinciana Park

Polk County, Florida -- Polk County Parks and Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting about Poinciana Park, a new park opening in Fall 2013 in Poinciana.

Phase I construction includes a three multi-purpose fields, restrooms, two baseball fields, a basketball court, a dog park, picnic facilities and parking. 

The discussion of the meeting will include new athletic league possibilities and rental opportunities. 

Florida State Parks announces new, free mobile app

Florida State Parks announces new, free mobile app

Florida-- Trees, lakes, trails, wildlife- they're all things that come to mind when thinking about Florida's parks. Techonology, smartphones and applications, howeverm are probably the last things to come to mind- until now!

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Park Services department has announced the launch of their new, free mobile application, which will serve as an interactive guide for users on the go at any of Florida's 171 parks, trails and historic sites. 

"Stop" signs to be replaced near Chain of Lakes Trail

"Stop" signs to be replaced near Chain of Lakes Trail

Winter Haven, Florida – The city is making some changes to Avenue I NW near the Chain of Lakes Trail.

They say they plan to remove traffic "stop" signs for east and west bound traffic, and replace them with amber flashing LED lighting with pedestrian crossing signs will replace them.

Warning signs will also be installed for pedestrians on the Chain of Lakes Trail, notifying pedestrians that “stop” signs for vehicle traffic have been removed.

This change is set to take place this coming Friday, February 8.