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The Winter Park Community Center features a mosaic mural entitled “Winter Park Community Pride.” The mural, which faces Shady Park, was created as part of an art outreach program by the Crealdé School of Art. Crealdé artists and volunteers worked with more than 300 schoolchildren to create the mural, which celebrates the history of the city’s historically African-American west side. LIVING IN WINTER PARK 25 my inescapable guilt. Then I’m out walking around Winter Park, typically in the presence of my wife, who is the Energizer Bunny of walking. The woman will not stroll. We cover a lot of turf. We live near Mead Botanical Garden, one of Winter Park’s real treasures, a 55-acre oasis owned by the city. Founded in 1940 to memorialize Theodore Mead, a renowned horticulturist who grew orchids and developed new varieties of rare ferns, bromeliads and caladiums, the garden occupies a precious habitat between Lake Sue and Lake Virginia, with Howell Creek running through it and connecting the two. Mead Botanical Garden also contains more than 150 edible plants and shrubs. If you’re not into foraging, then no worries. Winter Park boasts a critical mass of standout restaurants, along with a goodly number of decent watering holes, all of which I can reach on foot. Almost every day, we walk through the campus at Rollins, which is its own island within the island that is Winter Park. It’s surely one of the most gorgeous campuses in the country, with several of its buildings designed by James Gamble


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