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LAKELAND, FL (May 11, 2022) – The community is invited to join the City of Lakeland with the McGee Family as we dedicate John McGee Park with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m.  John McGee Park (formally Cypress Youth Sports Complex) is located at 2125 E. Edgewood Drive.

With support from Mike and Kathy McGee, the community will find just over a 1/2-mile walking path, two lighted multipurpose fields, and a brand-new car-themed playground recognizing McGee Tire Stores, started by the late John McGee. These improvements are a great addition to the already established multipurpose fields and bathroom facilities at the park. Find John McGee Park and the rest of the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts facilities on Parks Finder

Bob Donahay, City of Lakeland Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Director said, “We are very excited to officially celebrate the opening of John McGee Park.  The City of Lakeland is very thankful for the McGee Family and their generous donation to help make this park come alive with the addition of new family-oriented amenities.”

Mike McGee said, “Kathy and I are honored to make this gift to the City of Lakeland in memory of my dad who founded McGee Tire Stores. He loved to watch children of all ages play and interact. Lakeland has been our home since 1974 and we look forward to seeing this park being used and enjoyed by the community.”

“This is a tremendous gift, and the City of Lakeland is extremely grateful that we have citizens like Mike and Kathy McGee that care about the well-being of the community, enough to donate $600,000 toward the park,” said City Manager Shawn Sherrouse. “This park is a much-needed facility that serves our youth sports programs, and we are thankful to the McGee Family for making the park so much better with their donation. The kids will love the new car-themed playground.”

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