Keeping Active In Ivanhoe Village
By: Christian Switzer
Ivanhoe Village boasts three beautiful lakes, Lake Ivanhoe, Lake Estelle, and Lake Formosa all of which have their own identities within the district. Lake Ivanhoe is a well kept secret fishing spot for many anglers and even has its own paddleboard launch installed by Commissioner Stuart and Mayor Dyer. Ski World Orlando rents paddle boards to the adventurous by the hour and is a great way to cool off during the hot late months of summer. Lake Formosa is the quieter lake, surrounded by the Lake Formosa Neighborhood since 1912. On the north side of the lake, the new Orlando Ballet building glows at dusk, creating a beautiful walk in the evening. The Mennello Museum’s lawn has large art pieces that overlook the lake and lead to the bridge crossing over the Eastern side. This is a great picnic spot with lots of large trees for shade. Lake Estelle has a towering AdventHealth building on the Western shores . On the weekends you can find tiny sailboats racing along courses anchored in the lake and is a delight to watch.
The Urban Trail snakes through Loch Haven Park, going across the bridge at Lake Formosa. This convenient trail gives multiple options for routes going through the neighborhood or along Princeton to Orange Avenue. This is a beautiful ride with gently sloping hills and smooth paved trails. In the near future, the trail will also connect along the train tracks at the new apartments, The Yard at Ivanhoe, offering yet another route in the area.
Run clubs have increased in popularity over the past few years and Ivanhoe Park Brewing hosts one on Wednesday evenings, giving a few options for the more accomplished runners versus newbies. All Fit Orlando is always running something like HITT and HOPS, where there’s a group workout and then drinks afterward at the brewery.
With so many ways to stay in shape and active, safely, in Ivanhoe Village, there are no excuses for those late in the year slumps in resolutions.