Last week, two Central Florida Democrats on Capitol Hill–U.S. Reps. Val Demings and Darren Soto–announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is sending $20 million to Lake Nona $20 “for a state-of-the-art performance, wellness and medically integrated fitness center featuring walking and bike paths, streetscapes and autonomous vehicle infrastructure.”
Soto wrote U.S. Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao for federal support for the center and he weighed in on the funds on Thursday.
“Nothing is more important to me than the health of my constituents,” said Soto. “It’s exciting to see Lake Nona’s progression of creating a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community in Central Florida while adapting to the technological advances and global trends of the future. We hope the center will usher a new approach to how we maintain healthy, happy lifestyles — all while setting the stage for years of success.”
“I am pleased to see Lake Nona designated as ‘best applicant’ for this significant federal grant,” said Demings. “This multi-purpose transportation, performance and fitness center will be a welcome addition to our community and an important expansion of the available amenities around the growing Orlando International Airport.”
The center will include a wellness plaza, a Zen garden, outdoor training turf, an outdoor classroom, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor climbing wall, an indoor/outdoor demonstration kitchen, a daylight public concourse, childcare facilities and a sports performance area.