About Audubon Park

December 26th, 2008

 

Audubon Park

Located in Orlando, Florida, Audubon Park is a traditional Orlando neighborhood of just over 900 homes that is conveniently located near the city’s workplaces, restaurants, attractions, and cultural, entertainment, and sports venues. Just minutes from downtown Orlando, museums, and the East-West Tollway (408), the area is known for tree-lined streets and assorted architectural styles.

History

Audubon Park has an eclectic historical past.

The neighborhood was developed first by the Fairview Home Company as Lakewood Estates in 1911. In 1928 Orlando Executive Airport opened as the Orlando Municipal Airport, it was the first commercial airport in central Florida.

The United States Army Air Corps took control of the airport in 1940 for use as a training facility and renamed it the Orlando Army Air Base.

In 1956 the Corrine Drive shopping plazas were built in sections with the understanding that the rooftops would be reinforced with steel and concrete in order to sustain the weigh of helicopters so they could airlift out personnel in case of nuclear attack.

The shops on Corrine Drive (Audubon Park Garden District) are home to predominantly individually owned independent businesses.

Leu Gardens

At one end of Audubon Park we have Leu Gardens, which has fifty acres some of which include America’s third largest Camellia collection, the largest formal rose garden in Florida, and a National Historic House dating from the 1880s. In addition to the sights, there is also much to do with recurring events such as their monthly Date Night and Story Time or their Jazz’n Blues stroll.

Blue Jacket Park

At the other, we have Blue Jacket Park which served as the Orlando Naval Training center for over thirty years. In 2000, the City of Orlando designated 75 acres of the historic sight as a public park. It includes a baseball field, soccer field, a playground and much more. Blue Jacket Park has three fields for baseball and software run by the North Kiwanis Little League. This is the longest running, continuously sponsored little league in the world, and we’re proud to have them in our neighborhood.

Our Community Garden

Early in 2011, the City of Orlando granted the rights to use a small strip of land between the Audubon Park Elementary ball field and Winter Park Road as a shared space for community gardening. See more photos and get more info on the Audubon Park Garden District’s Garden Page.

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