Community Information

The City of Lake Wales was incorporated in May 1917 and has a present day population of over 16,000. Located at the crossroads of State Road 60 and U.S. Highway 27, Lake Wales continues to build for the present and future. Home to the nearby historic Bok Tower Gardens, the City has recommitted to fulfilling the Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. vision of becoming a “City in a Garden”. The City’s mission is to serve and unify its citizens, to foster economic growth while building on Lake Wales’ small town values, and to promote the Edward Bok ethic that we make our City a “bit better or more beautiful” for being here.

Questions, comments or concerns? Contact Michael Manning at or (863) 678-4182 Ext: 254

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  1. New cathedral live oaks and Japanese blueberry trees rest along Sessoms Avenue

    Parks & Horticulture staff spent Friday morning planting five Japanese blueberry trees and four additional cathedral live oaks in Crystal Lake Park along Sessoms Ave. Read on...
  2. Road Advisory: West Bullard Avenue will be closed for one week between 1st Street and 2nd Street

    See detour map: Read on...
  3. City’s private developer incentive program makes an impact on qualified homebuyers

    Qualified homebuyer Alicia Randle received $15,000 in down payment assistance from the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Read on...
  4. CRA board invests in small business incubator to strengthen entrepreneurs

    Board members of the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) approved funding for a three-year grant agreement worth nearly $1 million for the creation of a small business incubator by the Florida Development Corporation (FDC). Read on...
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