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By Damon Duvall
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 at 6:10AM

When Did Lake Eola Sinkhole Happen?

The late 1800's is when the Lake Eola Sinkhole began to form. Supposedly right after it was purchased by Jacob Summerlin the owner of the Summerlin Hotel and known as a successful cattle king/ baron. Jacob Summerlin purchased the tract in 1873 and the sinkhole began to form. Jacob & the Summerlin family donated to the city of Orlando the land which currently holds the park and lake.

Lake Eola| Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando & Lake Eola Park

Centennial Fountain now renamed the Linton E Allen Memorial Fountain is the centerpiece of Lake Eola Park. Actually what would it be if it were not for the city of Orlando skyline around the lake? Never the less when Mr. Summerlin donated the land it was a generous gesture and well planned out. The land must be maintained well by the city or risk being returned to the family heirs. Hence, an eternal friendship between city and family.

Much More Than Originally Intended Lake Eola Park Is Amazing

At the beginning very little was expected other than a road around the lake. Now not only is there the Allen Memorial Fountain but lake Eola Park has the Walt Disney Amphitheater, a Japanese Rock Garden & Pagoda. Park visitors have lots of options and reasons to return often. There is even the weekly Orlando farmers market held on Sundays. The land around the lake has been allocated and used well.

Swan Shaped Paddle Boats At Lake Eola Park

Why swan boats? You will see at least 5 species of swans when you visit. Tame? pretty much, at least used to the presence of park visitors and their pets. Initially there were two breeds of swan but now there are more using lake Eola Park as a permanent home. Some of them are Royal Mute Swans and Australian Black Swans. Yes, you can feed them and there is a machine which you can purchase handfuls of food. Be prepared to make some feathery friends on the east side of lake Eola Park.


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