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 east-side neighborhoods.