Orlando to build new community park under Interstate 4 in downtown

ORLANDO, Fla. — The city of Orlando has released plans to transform the space under Interstate-4 through downtown.

Orlando is working on a new project to turn the space into a new community park that will offer visitors a place to explore under the massive highway above.

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The “Under-I Project” will construct new park spaces that will offer sports courts, gathering places, performance spaces, play areas, vendor opportunities and local heritage experiences.

City officials said the rebuilt I‐4 Ultimate bridges are significantly higher and wider than the previous bridges and will create unique spaces below I-4 in the downtown area between Church Street and Washington Street.

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Those new spaces will be called the “Under‐I,” and construction will start after the I‐4 Ultimate construction project, which is planned to finish in early 2022.

“The city also envisions this high‐caliber urban community park will inspire residents and visitors by delivering inclusive, vibrant, best‐in‐the‐nation spaces that will unite our diverse community, deliver creative and engaging experiences and promote health, education, art, play and fellowship,” said a spokesperson for the city of Orlando.

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The “Under-I” will be built in the area of Church Street to Washington Street, and Hughey Avenue and Garland Avenue.

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Cierra Putman

Cierra Putman, WFTV.com

Cierra Putman flew south to join Eyewitness News in July 2016.