Gathering for events has been tricky of late, but the City of Winter Springs did its best to give residents and families some much-needed diversion while keeping everyone safe
Community Garden Ribbon Cutting
In July, the City of Winter Springs officially opened its new Community Garden, a blossoming partnership between the city and its residents. The garden, located at Central Winds Park, features 10 4’x10’ raised garden plots that residents can reserve for a year at a time for $30. They can then gather and learn from one another while growing fruits, veggies, herbs, exotic plants, or anything else they can imagine.
All of the plots are reserved through May 31, 2021, but they will become available again next June. Interested gardeners of all skill levels should email Mike Barclay at MBarclay@WinterSpringsFL.org.
Arbor Day Tree Giveaway
The City of Winter Springs wasn’t going to let COVID-19 interfere with its annual tree giveaway. The event usually coincides with the spring festival, Explore Outdoors. Because the festival was canceled, the tree giveaway was naturally moved to coincide with Arbor Day. The only question was how to get the free trees to those who’d pre-registered.
The city opted for a drive-through giveaway system, and it went off without a hitch. Residents drove their big trucks and SUVs up to the distribution station and took their new tree home. In all, 416 trees were handed out and will be planted throughout Winter Springs.
Fish Winter Springs
The wide-open spaces of Central Winds Park were the perfect socially-distanced setting for a monthly series of learn-to-fish events hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. At each event, the staff helped kids learn to bait their hooks, toss their line, and catch fish. At the end of each program, young participants took home a free fishing pole and tackle box donated by Fish Florida.
The classic American drive-in movie theater is a relic of a bygone era, but the COVID-19 crisis has made the concept in vogue once again.
The City of Winter Springs was at the forefront of the trend, opening Central Winds Park for a series of drive-in movies throughout the summer.
From the safety of their cars, families enjoyed hit films – all for free – leaving plenty of budgetary room for delicious drinks and snacks of their own. The events were a big hit, so expect the trend to continue.
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