The swans of Lakeland are city-wide celebrities, with their picture adorning everything from storefronts to the city’s official logo. Many of these graceful birds can trace their ancestry to England, where the original mating pair of white mutes was donated by the Queen of England in 1954. The city’s swan population now numbers over 80, and includes four distinct species of the fowl: Australian black swans, white mutes, South American black-necked swans, and white Coscoroba swans.
Approximately three years ago, two families in Oakbridge’s Bridgefield subdivision wanted to have a pair of swans make their home on the large lake behind their houses. This process required more work than they anticipated. First, they had to ask for and receive permission from their neighbors and the home owners association. Once this was granted, the city required that they build a special cage at the water’s edge to serve as a nesting area to provide protection from predators. Once the City of Lakeland approved these preparations, the two families purchased a pair of swans.
Love did not come easy to this pair. They were kept together in a cage for a time to help them get used to each other. After their release, one of the swans flew to the smaller lake in the Bridgefield subdivision to think things over. The bird eventually returned to its mate and the pair has enjoyed their home together for the last three years.
These beautiful birds now share the lake with ducks, egrets, and other water fowl. If you stop by to visit, be respectful of these white beauties since they are descendants of Her Majesty’s gift.
When it was time to retire, we decided to stay in Grasslands. Our community offers a wonderful golf course, friendly neighbors and the convenience of an in town location with a country club feel. We love where we live.
We’ve lived here since 1992, and for us there is no other place to live. Grasslands offers beautifully maintained grounds with sidewalks for walking and visiting with your friends and neighbors. In addition, you feel a level of comfort knowing that there is a security guard on duty 24-hours a day. The central location gives us easy access to Polk Parkway, plus we’re next door to Lakeside Village for great shopping and restaurants. And we have one of the best golf courses in Central Florida. Come and join us and discover for yourself how great it is to live in Grasslands!