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Bonnet Springs Park Receives Major Family Gift from the Ruthvens

April 19, 2022 News
Press release originally from Bonnet Springs Park. Learn More.

The Ruthvens are pleased to announce a gift of $1 Million to The Carol Jenkins Barnett Endowment, to fund The Ruthven Family Playground at Bonnet Springs Park. The Ruthvens are one of Central Florida’s oldest locally owned commercial real estate firms, specializing in developing and leasing warehouse and industrial properties in Lakeland since 1957.

“Joe P. Ruthven, was proud to be part of Lakeland and giving back to our community was always important to dad and his wife Judy,” said Greg Ruthven, Chairman and CEO of The Ruthvens. “We are thankful Lakeland has forward-thinking community leaders and volunteers like The Barnett Family, Bill Tinsley, David Bunch and Donna Henricks for bringing Bonnet Springs to life. I believe this will be one of the finest parks in Florida!”

The Ruthven Family Playground boasts two acres for children of all ages, levels, and abilities to play. The all-natural playground incorporates exploration and interactive play in a natural setting.

“On behalf of Bonnet Springs Park, we are proud to honor Joe P. and Judy Ruthvens’ legacy by accepting a gift on behalf of The Ruthvens that will support the Legacy of Carol Jenkins Barnett within the newly announced endowment in her name. The Board of Directors of Bonnet Springs Park is presenting a two-to-one match to gifts made to the endowment in honor of Carol Jenkins Barnett,” said CEO Josh Henderson.

Bonnet Springs Park aims to enrich the community by combining and promoting the use of nature, culture, recreation, and education. The Ruthven Family Playground will support the community by providing a natural space for all children to escape, engage, and explore.

Photo courtesy of Bonnet Springs Park and The Ruthvens

About The Ruthvens

The Ruthvens real estate and development firm was formed in 1957, by founder Joe P. Ruthven. Specializing in industrial, manufacturing, and distribution warehouse space, they currently own over 4 million square feet and represent an additional 1 million square feet. With 120 total buildings, The Ruthvens’ properties are located along the I-4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando, providing quick access to all major north, south, east, and west highways allowing for regional or state-wide distribution across Florida. The Ruthvens unique scale and new development focus allows them to easily accommodate the business growth of their clients. With more than six decades of serving Central Florida businesses and its communities, The Ruthvens are Central Florida’s warehouse specialists.

About Bonnet Springs Park

Bonnet Springs Park is a blended urban/natural 168-acre Park centrally located in Lakeland, Florida scheduled to open in 2022. Bonnet Springs Park is designed to create spaces to escape, engage, and explore while experiencing and learning about the extraordinary history of Central Florida. Bonnet Springs Park is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the community through nature, culture, recreation, and education. The Park serves to unify Central Florida’s diverse population, offering public spaces that serve the needs of many by providing engaging and unique opportunities in education and recreation to residents and visitors. The vision of Bonnet Springs Park is to be a place within walking distance to our city’s urban core where art, recreation, fun, and tranquility intersect by design.

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