Orlando takes first step in plan for park under I-4

Orlando takes first step in plan for park under I-4

Orlando’s plan to build a sprawling, urban park underneath Interstate 4 took a step forward Monday.

The City Council voted to approve an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation granting the city airspace rights needed to make the park a reality. The FDOT also committed $3.5 million for the project.

City planners hope the so-called “bridge district,” currently dubbed the Under I, will connect the east and west side of Orlando by adding amenities under the Interstate 4 overpass, which has long divided downtown.

“This a wonderful, wonderful idea to bring the east side and west side together with recreational facilities,” said Commissioner Patty Sheehan, whose district includes Lake Eola and many eastside neighborhoods.

A conceptual rendering of the Under I prepared by planners last year depicted basketball and tennis courts, retail, a dog walk, soccer fields, a playground, a performance space and more beneath I-4.

However, construction won’t begin for several years. The city must wait for the I-4 overhaul to elevate the overpass and eliminate embankments currently in the way.

“We hope to get under way with that as soon as possible, but it’s dependent on the progress of the construction of the I-4 Ultimate [project],” Mayor Buddy Dyersaid Monday.

Completion of the $2.3 billion I-4 work is currently expected in 2021.

The $3.5 million FDOT commitment is the first funding to be announced for the project. City spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser confirmed there “is not a definitive estimate” yet for the cost of designing and building the Under I.

Lafser called Monday’s vote an “exciting first step.”

Among the features envisioned for the park are regulation-sized indoor soccer fields, hard courts for basketball and volleyball, a playground and massive sandbox, a pop-up event space, skateboard ramps and picnic areas.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Named a Top US Travel Destination

Orlando Named a Top US Travel Destination

The travelers have spoken and they’ve named Orlando and three other Florida cities as the best destinations in the country.

Planning and booking site TripAdvisor used an algorithm to analyze the quantity and quality of reviews over a 12-month period to come up with the rankings for its annual Travelers’ Choice awards.

“The Travelers’ Choice Destination awards recognize the world’s most beloved travel spots, based on feedback and booking interest from the TripAdvisor community,” Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, said in a press release.

Click here to see Trip Advisors breakdown of traveling to Orlando.

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source: Orlando Sentinel

3, 2, 1, Liftoff!

3, 2, 1, Liftoff!

Internexus Orlando is close to one of the most active space centers in the world—The Kennedy Space Center. At the famous center on Cape Canaveral, rockets launch as often as twice a month. We try to get out there for every launch, and if you apply and come to Internexus Orlando, you’ll have the opportunity to join us for one of these incredible and historic events. 

Here is an exciting recording of a recent rocket launch we were able to attend. Go to the 10 minute mark for the launch.

This launch was Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket. These rockets soar into space and frequently bring supplies to the International Space Station. Space X rockets are specially designed to come back down for a safe landing so that someday soon anyone could ride a rocket into space and return safely. You might one day take a ride in a rocket just like this!

The Kennedy Space Center is one of the many exciting reasons to make Orlando your home for your English education. Contact us for more information on our action-packed English courses.

Internexus Orlando Viewing Space X Launch