Lake Hollingsworth is about one mile in diameter and is surrounded by Lake Hollingsworth Drive, one of the premier locations for homes in Lakeland. Inside the perimeter of the Drive is a paved walking path, wide enough for couples to pass each other. There is also a bike lane between the path and the road that goes clockwise around the lake. Florida Southern College is located on the north side of the lake and is interesting for having the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on the west side of the campus. The college now seems to have a love affair with Robert Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture as his NYC architecture firm now designs most of the buildings. As with Wright, one either loves or hates his work but cannot deny his impact on American architecture.
The lake has wonderful birds, even rosette spoonbills, a flock of white pelicans, storks, ibis and dozens of others, thought the variety varies with the season. This is becoming an urban lake as most of the wild vegetation has given way to more manicured lawns and plantings. There is a free boat ramp at the south end and many use the lake for fishing and water skiing.
The one drawback to those who wish to walk the entire 2.8 miles is the need to have strong bladders as there are no public rest rooms anywhere on the lake unless you count the bushes and trees. Money talks and the residents on million dollar homes have fought tooth and nail to keep public facilities from being built near the boat ramp. A survey 15 years ago found thousands of people a day walk or bike part or all of the lake. However, bushes are available and what I have observed in my 30 years walking the lake is that they are used for this purpose.
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