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2015 Conference Tours


As in prior years, the 2015 Conference Committee offers attendees several tour options in which to participate and learn about the local significance of Orlando and surrounding landscape architecture sites. Each of these tours are eligible for CECs.


#1 Mobility Beautiful: Central Florida’s SunRail Commuter Experience
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Price: $40
CEC: 7.0 (DBPR 0009828)

Travel Time to/from Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®: 30 Minutes

Lunch: Not Included, but there will be a stop at Armando's (Facebook) (UrbanSpoon) with lunches ranging from $10-20 per person

SunRail is a new commuter rail line being developed in Central Florida that provides a reliable mobility alternative.  Phase one has been completed and consists of six park-and-ride stations and six urban stations along 32 miles of track.  SunRail is here to connect Central Floridians while allowing them to save money, avoid congestion, and conveniently travel in a safe, comfortable, user-friendly experience.


This tour will is designed to highlight a handful of the SunRail phase one stations as well as the many destinations that can be reached within walking distance. Tour stops include:

  • Sand Lake Road Station
  • Orlando Health Campus Station and the award-winning Lake Beauty Park
  • Church Street Station, followed by a Downtown Orlando walking tour (approximately two hours)
  • LYNX Central Station
  • Winter Park Station and Hannibal Square (including lunch stop)

*Please be advised this tour will included a large amount of walking.*

Christina E. “Chris” Hite , PLA, ASLA.
Kody K. Smith, PLA.

Marianne Gurnee, SunRail Program Management

#2 Historic Sanford Park & Streetscape Tour: The Multiple Benefits of Historic Preservation
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 12:15 pm
Price: $30

CEC: 4.0 (DBPR 0009820)

Travel Time to/from Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

Lunch: Box lunch provided by Rep Services Inc. and DuMor

A walking tour of Historic Sanford’s award- winning parks and streetscapes, all of which have been renovated by Landscape Architects and are creating waves of economic development citywide.  Come take this walking tour which will focus on the multiple benefits of Historic Preservation including economic, cultural and environmental benefits.  Speakers will discuss lessons learned in renovating two different streetscapes, an urban plaza, a waterfront park and the famous RiverWalk. Multiple speakers proposed from different viewpoints: the landscape architects, the City Planner/Historic Preservation Officer, a successful merchant in the historic district (with business on the renovated First Street and Magnolia Square).


#3 Wekiva Island Eco Tour
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 12:15 pm
Price: $50

CEC: 4.0 (DBPR 0009812)

Travel Time to/from Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®: 40 Minutes

Lunch: Lunch @ Wekiva Island (included in tour price)

This tour provides an opportunity to explore native and wild Central Florida. Embark on a kayak, canoe, or paddle board to travel via   the Wekiva River for an interactive learning experience. This tour offers a glimpse into vital river way systems, local wildlife, Central Florida planting communities, Florida springs, and green/ sustainable practices.


Don Philpott, Award-winning writer, Wekiwa Springs State Park Volunteer, Florida Master Naturalist Mary Weinaug, Wekiva Island Coordinator


#4 Mountain Lake Estates & Bok Tower Gardens Tour
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Price: $60

CEC: 5.5 (DBPR 0009829)

Travel Time to/from Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®: 2 Hours and 10 Minutes

Lunch: Wine & Cheese @ East End Market (included with tour price)


"Make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it,”. These are the words that guided Edward T. Bok's life and which guide the mission of Bok Tower Gardens to this day. This tour begins with an introduction and guided tour by David Price, Director of these historic Olmstedian gardens. After breaking for lunch at the Bok Cafe, the tour will continue to the historic Pinewood Estates, followed by a rare opportunity to tour a private garden within the surrounding Mountain Lake Estates.



#5 Mills 50 / Main Street Orlando & Baldwin Park Walking Tour
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Price: $35
CEC: 4.0 (DBPR 0009827)
Travel Time to/from Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®: 1 Hour and 10 Minutes 


A bus tour of the Mills 50 District including mid-century modern architecture and public art murals, and an overview of Orlando's Main Street program while enjoying a wine and cheese selection at East End Market.

Jeff Thompson, PLA.

The tour continues to Baldwin Park, one of Orlando's most desirable places to live, work and play. Special guest speakers will discuss best practices and lessons learned. Join a walking tour of Baldwin Park, an award-winning, walkable "infill" community three miles from downtown Orlando. Built on the site of the former Orlando Naval Training Center, the 1,100-acre neighborhood is home to 8,000 residents and 125+ businesses. Master planned with housing choices, schools, parks, lakes, and businesses, today Baldwin Park is a new urbanist community that is almost built out.  This walking tour will focus on the sustainable development principles and techniques applied during the design and construction of the project. Invited special guest speakers who were involved in the project will discuss best practices and lessons learned. 

Ruth Hamberg, PLA, ASLA

 Donald Wishart PLA

John Classe, Crescent Communities

Geoffrey Mouen, PA

#6 Kissimmee Lakefront Park Tour
Date: Friday, July 31, 2015
Time: 9:15 am - Noon
Price: $30

CEC: 3.0 (DBPR 0009824)

Travel Time to/from Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®: 1 Hour

Lunch: Prepared Box-Lunch @ Bok Cafe (included with tour price)


A walking tour of Kissimmee’s World Class Waterfront Park, 'A Park for the People'.  The $30 million park opened in January of 2015, constructed on time with no change orders and came in approximately 10% under budget.  This project was the largest capital improvement project ever undertaken by the City of Kissimmee, and utilized advanced and progressive techniques were used for storm water management.  Benefits of Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) contract will be discussed as will the team approach to design and construction. Discussions will be shared on public involvement and public acceptance.


Dan Loubier,  Director City of Kissimmee Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities, City of Kissimmee FL.
Michael Brown, PLA.

#7 Orlando Urban Bike-Share Tour
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - Noon
Price: $35 + $15 for bike rental

CEC: 4.0 (DBPR 0009803)

Travel Time to/from Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®: 40 Minutes

Lunch: No lunch included


The urban Mobility Bike tour will traverse downtown Orlando, traveling through some of Orlando’s
most iconic, walkable and bikable neighborhoods such as South Eola (Walk score:90 / Bike score: 75), the Central Business District, Thornton Park (Walk score: 82 / Bike score: 77), Eola Heights, Park Highland, Mills50, Audubon Park Garden District and Baldwin Park (Walk score: 73 / Bike score: 78). Portions of the Dinky Line Urban Trail, Cady Way Trail and Baldwin Park trail will also be a part of the tour. Ride length is about 11 miles, and pace will be leisurely so you can see the sights along the way, such as Lake Eola, the Amway Center, the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Harry P. Leu Gardens, the East End Market, and Lake Baldwin’s Blue Jacket and Harbor Parks. 

IMPORTANT | Prior to the event, participants must download the App and set up an account. The bike rental fees are $5/hr payable via debit or credit through this App.  The estimated charge for this trip is $15 and is in addition to the tour cost.  Helmets are not provided. Please bring your own.

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 Peter Martinez,Orlando Bike Share
 Laura Minns, Lynx

Todd McCurdy, PLA, FASLA


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