Can’t wait for Bonnet Springs opening? Hit the website

Normally, I would dismiss an announcement that Bonnet Springs Park — the mammoth 168-acre tract concerning West Memorial Boulevard and George Jenkins Boulevard that has been less than advancement for the past 6 several years — is scheduled to open.

Not this time.

Floor was broken for the park in March 2020, whilst arranging started decades in advance of that. Due to the fact that time, the result of an opening-day announcement has generally been the same: Announce the opening for the coming spring. Drive the day back again as wintertime finishes to the beginning of summer season. Summertime nears, the opening turns to autumn. Autumn’s day lapses into winter. Repeat.

Driving by on Kathleen Highway, the progress sometimes seemed of the two-actions-forward-just one-step-again variety. Dust piled up one particular day would wash absent the future. A metal body would spring up overnight, then stand barren for months.

The Harrell Family Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse at Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland.

But this time, there is a date, and it is a firm date: Oct 22 — the fourth Saturday.

Not only is there a agency date, but there are properties, a significant treehouse, trails, benches, lights and h2o attributes. With 119 days remaining, what is actually left to be carried out would seem doable.

In a online video about the coming opening, Josh Henderson, CEO for the park, begins with “It truly is about time,” referencing the line that was recurring at the begin of the online video by many Lakelanders. It has, without a doubt, been a long time coming.