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Tavistock proposes water attractions at planned SouthLake Park in Lake Nona

Tavistock proposes water attractions at planned SouthLake Park in Lake Nona
In the northeastern corner of East Lake, and south of the planned SouthLake Community Park, water-based attractions proposed include an inflated floating obstacle course (green), a climbing tower (red) and a cable-supported wakeboard line (blue). Floating walkways would also run across the lake. (HB Associates)

Tavistock Development Company is partnering with Canadian and German companies on plans to place three water-based attractions in the northeast corner of East Lake, in part of a new public park that would serve Lake Nona's growing Laureate Park community.

A Specific Parcel Master Plan (SPMP) filed on March 23 with the City of Orlando introduces an amendment to plans for the previously approved public park. That amendment now includes a water recreation facility with a cable-supported wakeboarding attraction, a five-story climbing tower with high ropes course, an inflatable obstacle course, and two floating walking paths across the lake.

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The high ropes course would be developed by Canada's KristallTurm, while Germany's Wibit Sports is developer of the inflatable open-water obstacle course.

A rendering of the proposed climbing tower that would be suspended in the northeast corner of East Lake, in Laureate Park.
A rendering of the proposed climbing tower that would be suspended in the northeast corner of East Lake, in Laureate Park. (Kristall Turm)

KristallTurm's ropes course tower has been installed in Hatteras Island, N.C., and Nashville, while Wibit's water obstacle course has been implemented by developers in Dubai, Santa Rosa, Calif., and SunWest Park in Florida's Pasco County, among other markets.

The amenities are the latest additions to the planned 345-acre SouthLake Community Park, located south of the new Orlando V.A. Medical Center, and the new Laureate Park Elementary School now under construction south of Laureate Boulevard.

Tavistock submitted initial plans for the SouthLake park in late December. The vast majority of that land will remain conservation area, with more than 26,000 feet of walking paths and four soccer fields.

A rendering of the proposed Wibit inflatable obstacle course that would be placed in the northeast corner of East Lake, in Lake Nona's Laureate Park.
A rendering of the proposed Wibit inflatable obstacle course that would be placed in the northeast corner of East Lake, in Lake Nona's Laureate Park. (Wibit)

Directly south of those soccer fields, a building on the East Lake shore dubbed the "Cable Ski Facility" appears on the new SPMP to serve as an entry point to the water-based attractions. It would have nearly 3,500 square feet with covered seating, a snack bar, retail space and locker rooms.

HB Associates LLC of Altamonte Springs is civil engineer on some of the plans filed.

Officials with Tavistock did not respond to requests for comment on Monday about the proposed attractions.

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