The development of a 1,600-acre wetlands treatment area south of Loyce Harpe Park in Mulberry may advance, thanks to the Florida Legislature.
The current budget includes $500,000 for the project called 7Wetlands Park.
The area was used by Lakeland for 30 years to provide additional treatment of its sewer discharges before they reached the Alafia River.
Plans for the park have been under discussion since 2014. The park would extend the existing trail system and provide some additional wildlife –viewing opportunities.
The status of the appropriations will depend on the final vote on the budget this week and what action Gov. Rick Scott takes after he receives the budget.