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An incredible year to close out the decade in Lake Nona

Tuesday, December 31st 2019

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From opening Central Florida’s coolest new hangout – Boxi Park – to launching the region’s first autonomous shuttles, 2019 was an incredible year for Lake Nona. We welcomed new neighbors, innovators and community art while our schools celebrated all the A’s and families explored new ways to stay active in our first City of Orlando park.

As we welcome 2020, let’s take a look back at 19 of our favorite moments from 2019.

1.Central Florida’s first shipping container park, Boxi Park opened in Lake Nona Town Center becoming a go-to spot for events, live music and tasty food.

2.Pixon Apartments brought new residents to Lake Nona and introduced Orlando’s first micro-apartment units.

3.Nona Adventure Park opened with Central Florida’s first inflatable aqua park, a one of a kind 60-foot climbing tower, ropes course and more.

4.We cheered on Lake Nona resident, Alyssa Raghu as she became a top 10 finalist on American Idol.

5.We relocated more than 200 trees throughout Lake Nona including Live Oaks, Red Maples, Sabal Palms and Slash Pines.

6.Three female artists designed and created dynamic artwork throughout Pixon Apartments adding to Lake Nona’s community art program. 

7.We welcomed two new fitness studios on the ground floor of Pixon Apartments: Club Pilates and Rukus Cycle Studios.

8.Orange County Library System began its library pop-up series at Valencia College’s Lake Nona Campus offering free, monthly family-friendly events.

9.Lake Nona High School celebrated the 10th anniversary of Valencia College’s Collegiate Academy with 29 students receiving A.A. degrees and their high school diplomas – a new record for the program.

10.All four Orange County Public Schools were awarded an A rating for the 2018-2019 school year – a testament to our supportive and active community.

11.We opened our first City of Orlando park, Heroes Community Park.

12.More than 100 aspiring doctors accepted their white coats at UCF College of Medicine.

13.We launched Central Florida’s first autonomous vehicles.

14.Services for female veterans expanded at Orlando VA Medical Center where more than 13,000 female veterans are enrolled.

15.XL Soccer broke ground on a new indoor sports complex, expected to open summer 2020.

16.More than 800 family and friends came out to celebrate our first Lake Nona Town Harvest, making it one of our largest community events to date!

17.Orange County received a $20 million federal BUILD grant to reimagine mobility in the region including an innovative Linear Park, new pedestrian walkways, and dedicated lanes for the autonomous vehicles.

18.USTA’s National Campus welcomed their 675,000th visitor since opening in 2016.

19.We performed more than 720 namastes at yoga in Crescent Park.

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In 2020, we’re looking forward to more growth! Medical City will welcome the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, a teaching hospital with specialized care for adults. In the summer, children and families will have another place to stay active together with the opening of XL Soccer World. Lake Nona Town Center will continue to grow as we open a new office building and break ground on a state-of-the-art, integrated wellness facility. We’ll also welcome KPMG Lakehouse, the company’s global training facility bringing nearly 1,000 people to our community each week.

There is much to look forward to the new year and next decade ahead. We’re so proud of the community we’re building together and thankful for you – the people who live, work, study and play in Lake Nona.

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