OCOEE– The City of Ocoee will hold a Valentine’s Day grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Healthy West Orange Wellness Park on Tuesday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m. The new park is located directly across from the Ocoee Police Department at 1320 South Bluford Avenue.
The Ocoee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of Ocoee partnered with the West Orange Healthcare District to turn two retention ponds into a park. In 2021, the CRA finalized the design of the Healthy West Orange Wellness Park with the goal of building a wellness destination for Ocoee residents to walk, run, bike and train. The five-acre park includes a half-mile, 10-foot-wide multipurpose trail around both ponds and four shaded wellness stations, two of which will have suspension-fitness equipment for strength training. A shaded pavilion sits in the middle of the large pond, connected to both sides of the trail by a boardwalk. The boardwalk and seating areas offer a serene setting for relaxation. The exercise equipment at the park has QR codes that will connect users to a fitness app that can track information including steps and reps. The fitness stations have 10 pieces of equipment with 60 different strength and training exercises. The West Orange Healthcare District awarded the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency with a $2.25 million seed grant for the construction of Wellness Park. The total cost for building the park is $2.95 million. The park will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Working in partnership with the Healthy West Orange Healthcare District supports the city’s goal of providing exceptional and accessible green spaces that allow citizens to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Investing in and naming the new park is part of the Healthcare District’s strategy to create branded wellness destinations throughout west Orange County.