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Lake Nona’s new entertainment destination opens this year

The project, known as Boxi Park at Lake Nona, is being touted as the first outdoor district of its kind in Central Florida.

Plans for a massive outdoor entertainment district in Lake Nona - complete with restaurants, beach volleyball courts, live music and more – were announced Wednesday by development giant Tavistock.

The project will take part in a national trend of repurposing cargo shipping containers to house food trucks, small restaurants and bars.

The project, known as Boxi Park at Lake Nona, is being touted as the first outdoor district of its kind in Central Florida. The pet- and family-friendly area is set to stretch 300,000 square feet, and include a mix of restaurants and bars, beach volleyball courts and a live entertainment stage. Plans also include shaded outdoor seating, a playground and a fenced-in dog park.

Located in Lake Nona Town Center just south of State Road 417 on Lake Nona Boulevard, the park’s design allows guests to check out food and beverage options layered throughout the space.

According to a Tavistock press release sent  Wednesday, the open-air “entertainment destination” will be built using 12 shipping containers arranged in one- and two-story configurations.

The portable nature of the containers also allows developers to move the structures as Lake Nona Town Center expands, the release stated.

Shopping containers are apparently helping speed up the project - Boxi Park is slated to open in December.

“Boxi Park will provide a unique entertainment venue to relax, grab a beer, let the kids run around and enjoy the sunshine,” said Jim Zboril, president of Tavistock Development Company – the group that designed and built Lake Nona from the ground up. “We’re very excited to bring this new concept to Central Florida.”

Some of the other features of Boxi Park include:

• Regular local musical performances on the weekend

• Two full-service bars

• A beer garden with its own line of signature craft beer

• 100 transplanted trees from the southern wetland boarder of Lake Nona

• A variety of dining options

News of Boxi Park comes as one of many announcements involving Lake Nona, a rapidly growing Orlando neighborhood boarding Osceola County.

The 100-acre Lake Nona Town Center opened in January 2016 with an 85,000-square-foot office building, two hotels, a 280-unit apartment community, 16,000 square feet of retail and dining space and a parking garage.

All of this will soon be joined not only by Boxi Park, but also BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support headquarters, another apartment community and a pizza/brewing company – all by the end of the year.

Tavistock also recently announced plans for an anchor movie theater tenant set to open in 2020.

For more information on Boxi Park, visit BoxiParkLakeNona.com or @BoxiParkLakeNona on Facebook and Instagram.