The heart of Florida’s Kissimmee Lakefront Park is Ruby Plaza, which is connected by the wide brick promenade that runs along the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga to downtown. The park was divided into “character zones,” with the east side of the park leading into a central “civic” area, which contains a fountain plaza and monument walk. The features on signature light columns have color changing programmable LEDs, which illuminate the pathways and tall sabal palmettos, the state tree of Florida, ubiquitous throughout the park.
The 25-acre park offers a three-mile paved trail for walkers and joggers. The lighting throughout the park serves a functional need that expands the usable hours of the park, highlights interesting focal elements in the night landscape and ignites the connection to water. The new park strengthens the relationship of Lake Tohopekaliga to downtown Kissimmee, and provides a variety of community engagement opportunities.