Lake Eola, Orlando
Lake Eola is a small lake in the middle of downtown Orlando, Florida. The lake was formed from a sinkhole which interestingly is how many of the lakes in Florida get their start. Lake Eola is 23 acres and surrounded by beautiful parks. There are also a multitude of activities that are free. The land was donated to the City in 1883 with the condition that it always be maintained for the enjoyment of the residents.
The Lake is bordered by a wide sidewalk that is almost a mile around. The fountain in the middle is well known as a symbol of Orlando. The first fountain was installed in 1912 and cost $10,000. It was replaced in 1957 at a cost of $350,000.
In 2009 the fountain was struck by lightning and with a small amount from an insurance policy plus additional funds from the City it is now a state-of-the-art system of lights and water jets at a cost of $2.3 million. It was rededicated on July 4, 2011.
I have been to fireworks, art shows, farmer’s markets as well as many entertainment events that have taken place around Lake Eola. However, my favorite time is just walking around the lake with my camera. The beauty changes every time I visit. The pictures of the swans I have chosen to share were taken about 15 years ago.