Lake City, officially the City of Lake City, is the most populous city in the state of Minnonigan, with an estimated population of 2,143,886. The city and its corresponding metropolitan area straddles the Stone River along the shores of Lake Sauganash, colloquially known simply as "The Lake".
Lake City is a transportation hub of the southwestern Federal States, at the eastern end of the Ondassagam Waterway system of rivers, lakes, and canals connecting the westernmost two Grand Lakes for large freight vessels. The city is also a major railroad hub connecting railroads heading to the northwest with railroads from the east. By going through Lake City, trains are able to conveniently connect to the Grand Lakes and both coasts without traversing the western mountain range in the northwestern Federal States.
The first non-Native Archantan settlement in the Lake City area occurred in 1804, when Federal States expeditionary forces identified the mouth of the Stone River as a strategic asset, controlling waterborne transportation between the fertile Stone-Thomas basin that comprises most of central Minnonigan to the shipping corridors of the Grand Lakes and with it an important trade route to the East Coast of the country. Fort Drummond, as the fort was initially named, was located on the low western bluff overseeing the Stone Rapids. A small trading post near the fort prospered for several years, with the assistance of friendly Native Archantan tribes nearby. The most influential of the Native Archantans was Sauganash, an elder of the Winnemac tribe who spoke fluent Ingerish.
In 1817, the Federal States government approved a massive public works plan to build a canal between the Thomas and Canton Rivers that would allow larger lake vessels to sail directly between Lake Amanecer and Lake Sauganash, bypassing Lake Betaouais and the proposed Deodecan canal between Lake Amanecer and Lake Betaouais. To finance construction of the canal, two new communities were platted: Canton, at the western end of the canal itself, and Lake City at the mouth of the Stone River opposite Fort Drummond. This plan to plat out Lake City did not sit well with the Winnemac, who saw the canal project as a harbinger of native relocation. In 1821, at the height of the fervor between the Federal States citizens and the Winnemac – and exacerbated by an extended drought – Fort Drummond mysteriously burnt down to the ground overnight. The settlers assumed it was an attack by the Native Archantans and subsequently raided and sacked native settlements. Sauganash pleaded with the settlers for peace to no avail. The mob continued terrorizing the native population for five days until a unit of the Federal States Army deployed from Wallawaukee arrived to restore the peace. However, by that time, the damage had been done: Sauganash and the Winnemac fled to what is now Nishowigan for safety.
Days later, conclusive evidence was found that determined the Fort Drummond Fire started from a lightning strike, not arson. While the rebuilt fort would be named Fort Sauganash in honor of the Native Archantan guide, an official apology to the Winnemac tribe would not be made until 180 years later at the dedication of the Native Archantan Relocation Memorial in Obigamide Park in 2001.
Ondassagam Waterway and the Railroads
Following several failed starts, the Thomas and Canton Canal opened in August of 1838; Lake City would be incorporated on December 3 of that year. The canal was successful for only ten years when it was made functionally obsolete almost overnight by the opening of the Sauganash and Northern Railroad between Lake City’s West Bank Station and Ondassagam in 1848. While goods would still need to be offloaded from ships, the trip from Lake City to Ondassagam generally took 14 hours by canal but only three hours by train. The railroad was also more reliable, with winter cold freezing the canal and requiring frequent ice breakers to maintain a navigable channel. However, the larger canal network remained an asset for domestic freight travel, with the northern branch of the Ondassagam Waterway allowing waterborne freight to directly pass between Lake Sauganash and the Akogama River by linking the Stone and Gray river basins. (This allowed for agricultural and industrial goods to bypass the City of Wallawaukee entirely, which started the long-standing rivalry between Wallawaukee and Lake City.)
As railroads expanded across the Federal States, Lake City quickly became a focal point in the national railroad network. Trips from Lake City to the northwest up towards Jundah were more efficient, avoiding much of the mountainous terrain in the northwestern Federal States; trips toward the eastern seaboard were able to run fast and smooth along the water-level routes near the Grand Lakes; and the railroads could avoid building expensive major spans over most of the larger rivers in the region by crossing the Stone River in Lake City. This chokepoint at the Stone River was of crucial importance and was the location of intense competition between the various railroads. To minimize congestion, both in terms of river and rail traffic, the State of Minnonigan only permitted a single rail bridge over the Stone River: a massive, eight-track shared bridge above the Stone Rapids. To serve the bridge, the Lake City Union Railroad was formed, owned in equal shares by the various railroads that serve Lake City. The Lake City Union Railroad would also construct the massive Lake City Union Station, as well as the Flagler Yards classification facility on Lake City's South Side.
Two railroads built additional stations and facilities of their own in central Lake City: the Minnonigan Central Railroad, which does not utilize the Stone Rapids Bridge and is not part of the Lake City Union; and the Sauganash and Northern Railroad, which focused operations almost exclusively west of the Stone River. While intercity rail service to and from Lake City was consolidated by the national passenger railroad at Lake City Union Station and Minnonigan Central's original Central Station has since been turned into a National Historic Site, the other two stations (S&N's West Bank Terminal and MCRR's Suburban Station) both continue to be used for commuter rail operations.
Rapid Expansion and Rapid Transit
Lake City's strategic location combined with Minnonigan's open expanses of flat land led to a population boom at the turn of the 20th Century. Land was quickly platted and sold off to developers and homesteaders based on the Minnonigan Land Survey (intentionally skewed to give larger plats of land compared to the mile-grid system used by other West Lakes states), which gives Lake City its strong gridded street system. To aid in developing and selling land, rapid transit was often constructed alongside streets and public utilities. Since many of the transit lines were constructed alongside the neighborhooods they served, to this day most of Lake City's rapid transit operates on elevated structures rather than underground in subways. Four private elevated railroads were organized to serve Lake City in addition to the steam railroads which provided commuter service to and from downtown:
- Stone River Elevated Railroad Company, 1891
- East Side Elevated Railroad Company, 1891
- Southeast Elevated Railway Company, 1894
- Metropolitan West Bank Elevated Lines, 1894
In 1898, the four elevated railroad companies agreed to construct the Joint Loop in downtown Lake City over Congress and Huntington Streets and over Federal and Market Avenues. The Joint Loop allowed all four railroads to bring trains into downtown to serve shared stations and allowed the companies to turn trains around without requiring large amounts of land for terminals. Following the opening of the Joint Loop, the network of elevated railways became known simply as "The 'J'". In 1936, as the various private elevated lines found themselves in varying degrees of financial instability, the Minnonigan State Legislature created the Lake City Transit Authority to take over all public transit serving Lake County. This legislation also allowed the LCTA to construct the Stone River Subway connecting the West Bank lines to the Joint Loop in 1938. To relieve congestion on the Joint Loop with the West Bank lines now serving downtown, the LCTA also opened the City Circle Subway line in 1946 to allow two crosstown lines (what are now the LCTA Green and Blue Lines) to avoid the Joint Loop entirely.
While the subways were ostensibly built to improve rapid transit access to and from downtown Lake City, the three-track subway tunnel resulted in a net loss of track capacity across the Stone River, with the Coliseum and Caldwell Bridges subsequently modified to handle increasing car traffic into Lake City's urban core.
A Century of Progess
To celebrate Lake City's first centennial and the city's transformation from a swampy trading post to a transportation hub of the Federal States, the Lake City Chamber of Commerce hosted a world's fair in Exposition Gardens in 1938. The fair, which ran from September 1937 to May of 1938, attracted an estimated four million people to Lake City from around the world. Themed "A Century of Progress", the fair's legacies to Lake City include the international gardens with representative plant species from all eight continents; what is now the Lake City Zoo; the famous Lake City Public Market; and the Sporting Coliseum (now the Lakeside Bank Coliseum), which today hosts the Lake City Minutemen gridiron football team and the Lake City Centurions baseball team.
Tensions in the Tapestry of Neighborhoods
Given Lake City's explosive growth in the early 20th Century and the need for large amounts of unskilled labor, the city was a common destination for new immigrants to the Federal States. While many of these immigrants assimilated into the culture of the Federal States, small pockets of homogenous immigrants emerged as new immigrants sought out neighborhoods with large amounts of other immigrants from their homelands. Neighborhoods such as Little Ispelia prospered in South Point as waves of Ispelian immigrants arrived. However, not all immigrants were welcomed by the community as a whole; neighborhoods such as Little Mecyna, Sloughtown, and Little Commonia quickly became regarded as slums. In the 1950s, as Lake City and Lake County began planning their first superhighways, some of these neighborhoods were explicitly targeted for "urban renewal", with the new superhighways seen as a convenient excuse to disrupt entire neighborhoods and encourage "undesirable" residents to assimilate into other parts of Lake County. While some superhighways were planned to separate wealthier neighborhoods from poorer neighborhoods, some superhighways were placed with nearly surgical precision to disrupt undesireable neighborhoods as much as possible. This movement reached its climax in 1961 with the opening of the East-West Expressway, which nearly singlehandedly wiped Little Commonia off the map. The opening of the Lake Shore Highway triggered a backlash against this kind of "urban renewal", which led to two important moments: the cancelling of the Airport Freeway through Montrose and Superior Square in 1966, and the Minnonigan State Legislature's Transportation Equity Act of 1969, which required all new superhighways in southern Minnonigan to reserve right-of-way for rapid transit to serve local neighborhoods.
Modern Lake City
Today, Lake City remains a crucial transportation hub for the southwestern Federal States. In addition to the modernized Ondassagam Waterway network that still moves millions of tons of bulk freight annually and the numerous freight railroads serving the Port of Lake City, Lake City International Airport is one of the Federal States's busiest airports for both freight and passenger flights. Former industrial areas including the Warehouse District and the Westbridge Yards are finding new life with new residential and commercial development. While the population of Lake City remains relatively flat, the larger metropolitan area continues to grow and expand.
Lake City lies entirely within Lake County, except a small portion of Lake City International Airport in Rush County. Lake City officially has an area of 546.37 square kilometers, but 158.68 square kilometers are open water portions of Lake Sauganash. Lake City’s population density (non-Lake portions) is 5,529.90 persons per square kilometer, which is somewhat in the middle relative to other major cities in the Federal States.
Under the Köppen climate classification, Lake City has a hot-summer humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa), with a variety of weather throughout all four seasons. Breezes off the lake help moderate temperatures generally inside the Outer Beltway.
Lake City Public Schools oversees public education throughout Lake City, including elementary schools, high schools, libraries, and community colleges. The University of Minnonigan at Lake City (UMLC) operates just east of downtown, while several private colleges are located throughout the city.
With a few exceptions, Lake City’s street network follows a strict grid, due to the flatness of Lake County’s topography and the speed in which most of the city was platted to accommodate rapid growth in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. In the interest of speed and consistency, with the exception of downtown all of Lake City’s streets were initially numbered, increasing moving away from Lake Street on the east-west axis and Stone Avenue on the north-south axis. This led to significant confusion throughout the city and by the 1920s was seen as detrimental to growth and commerce. In 1924, based on the recommendations of the Street Simplification Committee, the following changes were made:
- North-South avenues east of the Stone River would remain numbered, increasing from Stone Avenue east to the state line. This was done to avoid as many impacts on downtown businesses as possible.
- North of Lake Street on both sides of the Stone River, numbered streets were renamed in alphabetical order. While streets that serve downtown were largely unaffected, streets north of Kane Boulevard can be observed using this scheme (7th Street was renamed Gallatin Street; 8th Street was renamed Hancock Street, etc.). After all letters were exhausted, streets were renamed for other states and large cities in the Federal States. In some far northern parts of the city and in nearby suburbs, numbered east-west streets remain.
- South of Lake Street and east of the Stone River, the street grid was originally numbered moving north from South Point. This was additionally confusing, since street numbers increased from South 1st Street near the ferry to South 48th Street just south of Lake Street, then reset to 1st Street just north of Lake Street. Instead, South 1st-26th Streets were renamed to lettered avenues, starting with Avenue A and moving up to Avenue Z. North of Avenue Z, the street names from the Bunker Hill and Schatteman Villages subdivisions – which had never been numbered – were extended east. Numbered streets near the port district were given names from sailing (Porthole, Galley, Sail, etc.) and commodities (Iron, Ore, Copper, etc.).
- West of the Stone River, the numbered north-south avenues were renamed alphabetically, similar to streets east of the Stone River.
- The “slanted” grid in Lakeview was similarly renamed converting numbered streets to alphabetically-named streets.
Originally planned and designed by Lake County, the Lake City Superhighway System is currently operated and maintained by the Minnonigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as part of the 900-series freeway network.
Following the construction of the intitial expressway network, there was significant city-wide backlash to expanding the network through the urban core due to the significant disruptive impacts the first few expressways caused, dividing neighborhoods and furthering Lake City's racial and class segregation. The Montrose Creek Expressway, which was intended to better connect the West Bank to Lake City International Airport, was officially cancelled in 1978 following intense opposition in the Village of Montrose and western Lake City (although significant land acquisition had already been executed).
By 1997, one of Lake City's first expressways, the Inner Belt, was due for a total reconstruction north of the East-West Expressway. The expressway, which had divided central Lake City neighborhoods for decades, was instead replaced with a boulevard between the East-West Expressway and the Exposition Freeway. The project was hugely successful and led to the subsequent abandonment of the Green Valley Freeway (which previously fed into the Inner Belt) and the deconversion of Bridge Street through Exposition Park back to a surface-level street.
Public transportation in and around Lake City is operated by the Lake City Transit Authority. Within Lake City, the LCTA operates 11 heavy rail/metro lines, three light rail/streetcar lines, several bus rapid transit lines, and dozens of local bus routes. The LCTA also oversees SMARTbus and SMARTrail, which provides local bus service and commuter rail service to suburban parts of the region. (SMARTbus/rail is an acronym for Southern Minnonigan Area Regional Transit.)
Lake City's metro system includes 11 separate color-coded lines and is colloquially referred to as "The 'J'", which is short for the "Joint Loop" that serves downtown Lake City. Unlike many other metros, The 'J' is primarily elevated, although there are also significant sections underground and at-grade. As part of Lake City's 900-series expressways, many lines also operate in the medians of expressways in Lake and Jasper Counties.
|Line||Name||Rush-Hour Service||Off-Peak Service||Late-Night Service|
|LCTA Red Line||Lakeshore Line||↔||↔|
|LCTA Orange Line||Exposition Line||↔||↔||No late-night service|
|LCTA Yellow Line||Central-Lake Street Line||↔||↔|
|LCTA Gold Line||Jasper County Line||↔||↔||No late-night service|
|LCTA Green Line||Northwest-East Line||↔|
|LCTA Teal Line||Daviston Line||↔||No late-night service|
|LCTA Blue Line||West-Northeast Line||↔|
|LCTA Purple Line||West Larkwood Shuttle||↔||↔||No late-night service|
|LCTA Pink Line||Dodge Line||↔||↔|
|LCTA Brown Line||Temple Line||↔||No late-night service|
|LCTA Silver Line||Outer Belt Line||↔|
The Lake City Transit Authority also operates urban and suburban transit bus lines and light rail throughout the Lake City region. Urban buses are simply branded as "LCTA Bus" and have 1- or 2-digit route numbers; suburban buses are branded "SMARTbus" and have three-digit route numbers. The LCTA also offers bus rapid transit lines, which are lettered along with light rail lines.
|Letter||Route Name||Hours of Operation||Notes|
|D||Dodge Streetcar||Mon-Thu 0600-2359; Fri 0600-Sun 2359|
|E||East Side Light Rail||Daily, 0600-0100|
|S||South Point Streetcar||Mon-Thu 0600-2359; Fri 0600-Sun 2359||Operates late night for events at The Venue at Docklands Casino|
|X||LCX Monorail||All times||Fully automated; operated by the Lake City Aviation Authority|
Rail ridership plummeted beginning in the 1940s as Lake County's expressway system opened, making driving to and from Lake City significantly more convenient while also encouraging suburban sprawl in areas not served by commuter rail. As the railroads began abandoning passenger services, in 1968 the Minnonigan State Legislature formed the Southern Minnonigan Commuter Railroad (SMCR), a state-owned commuter railroad to subsidize passenger service hosted by struggling railroads and to purchase lines and rolling stock from failing railroads to maintain passenger rail service in and around Lake City. After years of mismanagement and deferred maintenance, the Minnonigan State Legislature authorized a full takeover of SMCR by the LCTA in 2003. SMCR's services were fully integrated with the LCTA and targeted improvements were made to stabilize the commuter rail service. LCTA would rebrand SMCR as "SMARTrail" (Southern Minnonigan Area Regional Transit).
Currently, the Lake City Transit Authority operates nine numbered SMARTrail commuter rail lines serving Lake, Jasper, and Rush Counties. Lines 1-3 serve the West Bank Terminal; Line 4 serves Central Station; and Lines 5-9 serve Union Station.
Lake City International Airport
Lake City International Airport (WAAT: LCX, ANACA: BALC) is the primary airport of Lake City in the state of Minnonigan. Known locally simply as LCX, Lake City International Airport is a major international hub for the southwestern Federal States. With seven runways and nearly 200 designated gates, Lake City is one of the highest-capacity airports in the world.
Lake City International Airport was first planned in 1952 to relieve overcrowding at the older, smaller Gunnison Airport on Lake City's northeast side. With little room to expand and growing noise concerns from affluent neighborhoods near Independence Park, the city chose to construct a new airport on the far western edge of the city rather than invest in further upgrades to Gunnison. The airport opened in 1963 with only what's now Terminal 3 and Runway 6L/24R completed.
The airport grew rapidly as Federal Airlines and Southern Airlines both made LCX a major hub in their networks: what is now Terminal 1 opened in 1964 (and would be largely demolished and rebuilt in 1992); additional concourses opened along with a parallel runway and cargo facilities in 1977. Runway 18/36 (now 18L/36R) opened in 1982, with Concourses P, Q, and R opening shortly thereafter as Federal Airlines' new Terminal 5 hub. In 1988, crosswind runway 13/31 opened after local concerns about noise in Meridian City and the Lakeview neighborhood of Lake City.
In 1993, the Lake City Aviation Authority announced the planned closure of Gunnison International Airport by the year 2000. In preparation for Gunnison’s closing, a massive Terminal Core expansion project was planned as well as a new Runway 18R/36L. This new runway expansion was easily the most challenging LCX expansion to date, requiring extensive condemnation proceedings for over 30% of Meridian City, most of which was residential. A modernized Terminal 1 -- which required the destruction of most of Terminal 2 -- opened as scheduled in 1995; however, due to legal challenges, Runway 18R/36L would not open until 2008. With the success of SkyRide Airlines at Gunnison Airport while the 18R/36L legal challenges were playing out, the LCAA reversed itself and voted to keep Gunnison Airport open.
In 2014, the terminal core was extensively remodeled and restructured. As part of the restructuring, a “global terminal” concept was unveiled for Terminal 3. A new Concourse H was constructed in a "satellite" style with 36 gates, with all international arrivals using these gates regardless of airlines (except for Federal Airlines and Southern Airlines, which continued to use their hub terminals). Passengers are then able to clear Customs without leaving the secured area, allowing for faster, easier connections to domestic flights. The 2014 restructuring also added gates in each terminal that can accommodate dual-jetway operations for the world’s largest jets.
An 11-gate expansion to the International Concourse in a new Concourse K satellite is currently under construction.
In 2004, the state government of Minnonigan and the Lake City Aviation Authority announced the LCX Vision 2020 plan, an ambitious plan to detangle LCX's runways to greatly increase airfield capacity. Previously, LCX could use no more than four runways simultaneously, only under certain wind conditions, and with Runways 06R/24L and 13/31 below capacity to avoid potential conflicts. During some weather events, LCX could only operate safely on two runways. The Vision 2020 plan dramatically improves operations during inclement weather by adding three runways parallel to the 06/24 pair, allowing seven active runways during favorable conditions and no less than four runways even during inclement weather. Vision 2020 also included a western passenger terminal connected to the Terminal Core via an underground Airside Transit System (ATS) to allow travelers from southwestern Minnonigan to park, ticket, check bags, and clear security without needing to enter the Terminal Core through the congested Balmoral corridor. The western terminal also opened up new areas of Jasper County to commercial development.
LCX has seven runways, which makes the airport one of the largest in the world. The seven runways are situated such that all seven can be used concurrently during good weather, with up to five runways available concurrently during inclement weather. Five runways are oriented parallel to each other on an ENE/WSW axis, with two crosswind north-south runways available for takeoffs and landings over Lake Sauganash. Recent improvements to the airfield have included several strategic runway shortenings to reduce conflicts and improve safety and efficiency.
Generally air traffic operates on "West Flow" (65%) or "East Flow" (35%) based on prevailing wind patterns. Both patterns allow for unrestricted takeoff operations on the 4000-meter Runway 18L/36R, with special accommodations available for 4250-meter wide-body operations on 18R/36L if needed.
|Name||Length (m)||Length (ft)||West VFR||West IFR||East VFR||East IFR||Notes|
|5L||3,500||12,000||closed||closed||Landings||Landings||During West Flow VFR operations, Runway 23R can be used for either takeoffs or landings, as needed based on demand.|
|5C||2,290||7,500||closed||closed||Arrivals||closed||Recently truncated to avoid potential conflicts with 18L/36R.|
|5R||2,290||7,500||closed||closed||Departures||Departures||Recently truncated to avoid potential conflicts with 18L/36R.|
|18L||4,000||13,500||Departures||Departures||closed||closed||Longest runway in regular service. Runway 36R used for overnight arrivals.|
|18R||3,250||10,500||Departures||closed||closed||closed||Runway 18R begins at Taxiway H2. See below for 18X/36X, special extended operations.|
|18X||4,250||13,950||by pilot request only||Runway 18X/36X is the callsign for the extended Runway 18R/36L, which is available in all patterns for extra-large and/or wide-body jets that cannot be otherwise accommodated by Runway 18L/36R. Used sparingly as operations require closing Runways 5L/23R and 5C/23C.|
|36X||by pilot request only|
Currently LCX consists of four airside terminals (Terminals 1, 3, 4, and 5) with a Landside Terminal outside security. The Landside Terminal is open to the public and includes shopping, a food court, the LCTA Blue Line station, and The Wilberding at LCX hotel. There are long-term plans to add additional gates in the new International Concourse K, and to construct two new concourses in a future Terminal 6.
With the opening of Runways 05L/23R and 05R/23L, the West Terminal was opened in the northwest corner of the airport. The West Terminal hosts no gates, but does provide landside amenities (parking, ticketing, baggage check, security, etc.) for travelers. Once clearing security, passengers can take the Airside Transit System (ATS) underground tramway to the Terminal Core. The West Terminal is also served by the LCX Monorail outside of security. The West Terminal allows travelers from areas south and west of Lake City to drive directly to the airport and avoiding highway congestion in the Balmoral area of Montrose.
|1||A||A2-A32 (16)||Southern Airlines||International:
Ynn, Suya Ahn
|No odd-numbered gates. Primarily used for shorter routes with smaller aircraft.|
|C||C1-C35 (31)||Gates C1 and C2 are equipped with dual jetways. Gate C20 is a remote stand for oversized aircraft. All Southern Airlines international arrivals utilize Concourse C.|
|3||E||E1-E3 (3)||All other domestic airlines including:
|G||G1-G7 (7)||Gates G1 and G7 are equipped for dual-jetway operations.|
|H||H1-H38 (36)||All other international airlines including:
Duncanheim Royal Airlines
Khaiwoon City, Khaiwoon
|Gates H1, H21, and H22 are equipped with dual jetways.|
|M||M1-M15 (15)||Gate M1 is equipped with dual jetways.|
|5||N||N1-N12 (12)||Federal Airlines||Domestic:
Jundah-Stuart, TA, FSA
Morsboro, NA, FSA
Stanton, NC, FSA
Malojdeh, Neo Delta
|Q||Q2-Q18 (13)||Gate Q4 has dual jetways; Gate Q18 is a remote stand for oversize aircraft.|
LCX is conveniently located in the southwestern Federal States and serves as a major international hub for the West Lakes region. A sample of distances from LCX to other major international airports:
- Jundah-Stuart International (JSI): 1,100 km
- Huntington International (CDI): 1,457 km
- Stanton International (STI): 1,547 km
- Benjamin K. Hedstrom International (Warwick, BKH): 1,578 km
- Arecales International (ARC): 6,833 km
- Bako-Huz International (BAK): 5,190 km
- Xiongjing International: 7,123 km
- Khaiwoon International (KHA): 8,541 km
- Frank Trostel International (Safrisco, SAF): 8,543 km
- Gobras Worldport (GWP): 8,924 km
- Internationaler Großflughafen Freistat (STC): 9,928 km
- Sean Bond International (Quentinsburgh, SBD): 10,197 km
- Iola International Skyport (IOL): 12,615 km
- Unity International (St. Richardus, UIA): 13,081 km
- Tarott-Kemburg International (TKX): 14,553 km
- Winburgh Sandell International (WIN): 15,342 km
The LCX Terminal Core is located immediately southwest of the West Side Interchange, where the Outer Beltway (FS-24/89) interchanges with the Southern Minnonigan Expressway (FS-20/24), the latter of which heads directly into central Lake City. The Airport Freeway (SR 900) connects the Outer Beltway with the Terminal Core; the freeway also serves the hotel and entertainment district of Balmoral in Montrose. Short-term parking is available in Parking Deck A and surface lots B and C in the Terminal Core; the LCX Monorail links the Terminal Core to long-term parking lots D and F and Parking Deck E as well as Economy Lot G outside the Consolidated Rental Car Facility northeast of the airport on Balmoral Avenue. To improve passenger flow to and from the southwest, the West Terminal was opened in November 2018 with direct connections to the Minnonigan Turnpike System.
Lake City Transit Authority and SMARTbus transit buses do not serve the Terminal Core directly; however, they do serve the LCX Monorail Long-Term Parking station for passenger connections. Intercity buses and hotel shuttles use the Intercity Bus Transfer Facility in the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (which is also on the LCX Monorail). The LCTA Blue Line terminates in the Landside Terminal under Parking Deck A, providing direct access to all terminals. The LCX Monorail also connects to LCTA Orange Line, LCTA Pink Line, LCTA Silver Line, and SMARTrail (2) trains at Dodge Transfer. A branch of the LakeLynx high speed rail network opened in 2021, offering direct connections to the West Terminal.
Gunnison International Airport (WAAT: GNN, ANACA: BAGN) is the secondary airport of Lake City. Lake City’s primary airport before the opening of Lake City International Airport in 1963, Gunnison’s small square geographic footprint earned the airport’s nickname as “the world’s busiest square mile”, even though the airport has since been expanded to take up a larger footprint.
In the early 20th Century, the land the airport sits on was owned and farmed by Herbert Gunnison, an eccentric farmer. Gunnison owned one of the first aircraft in the southwestern Federal States and built a grassy area on his property for takeoffs and landings. In 1922, Gunnison opened his field to other leisure aviators, selling fuel and leasing hangar space. (As a veteran of the F.S. Armed Forces, Gunnison refused to accept payment from military aircraft or postal aircraft.)
Gunnison died unexpectedly in the spring of 1924. His family, with no interest in farming or maintaining an airport, donated the land to Lake County contingent on the family receiving 10% of fuel profits in perpetuity. The county accepted but was not financially able to finance upgrades to the field. An agreement was reached: on July 1, 1924, Lake County would take ownership of the land; the following day, the County – as landowners – immediately sought annexation to Lake City, who would then levy sales taxes on airfield transactions to finance improvements. The first paved runway opened in 1927 along with a small terminal building on the east side of the airport near the Lake City and Northeastern Railroad.
The airport grew quickly, with the construction of crosswind Runway 14/32 in 1933 and a larger passenger terminal further north on 42nd Terrace. In 1940, a second northeast-southwest runway opened, adding significant capacity to the airport. To accommodate the new generation of jet aircraft, Runway 4L/22R was lengthened in 1947, with 14/32 following suit in 1949. A new, modernized terminal was constructed on the west side of the airport with convenient access to 35th Avenue. In the southern portion of the airport, hangars and industrial uses are common, with direct freight rail access. Gunnison Airport briefly hosted the Paxton Aeronautics assembly plant before Paxton sold their aircraft division to MacDougal Graham in 1972.
Gunnison Airport was briefly the busiest airport in the Federal States in the 1950s, earning Gunnison the nickname of “the world’s busiest square mile”. However, larger, louder aircraft combined with the airport’s small, constrained footprint led to growing concerns about noise and pollution in Lake City, especially in affluent areas such as the Independence Park neighborhood under the approach to Runway 4L.
In 1952, the Lake City Aviation Authority unanimously approved a plan to build a new, larger airport on the western edge of Lake City to relieve Gunnison. Gunnison would continue to operate, but commercial aviation dramatically decreased following LCX’s opening in 1963. By 1982, commercial flights diminished to only 12 scheduled flights per day; half of the passenger terminal was closed entirely. Gunnison Airport was entering “death spiral” mode, where the LCAA deferred terminal and apron maintenance due to low usage, which led to more commercial operations moving over to LCX.
In 1993, the Lake City Aviation Authority announced the planned closure of Gunnison Airport by the year 2000, contingent on construction of a new Terminal 3 at LCX and a new runway to increase capacity. While Terminal 3 opened up as scheduled in 1996, legal battles from residents and businesses of Meridian City dragged out over land acquisition for the new runway. Per the LCAA agreement, Gunnison could not close until the new runway at LCX opened, leaving the airport in an uncertain limbo. The Gunnison family – by this point extremely wealthy and still collecting a 10% profit on aviation fuel at the airport – sued the LCAA for a proposed illegal taking by planning to shutter the airport.
While these two legal cases were making their way through the courts, a small domestic airline began operations at Gunnison Airport. SkyRide Airlines opened with a discount model, using all-coach seating and focusing operations on smaller secondary airports (like Gunnison), which were cheaper to operate out of than primary airports (like LCX). In doing so, SkyRide could offer dramatically lower passenger fares. The business model was a huge success, with SkyRide quickly expanding operations at Gunnison.
Meanwhile, the abandoned smaller hangar spaces throughout the airfield provided private pilots and charter flights ample space to base their aircraft rather than using the large, expensive hangars at LCX. By 2006 – while land acquisition for LCX’s Runway 18R/36L was still ongoing – the LCAA reversed itself, not only cancelling the closing of Gunnison but also funding an airport modernization plan. The modernization called for a massive landside expansion, pushing the airport’s western boundary as far west as the Outer Beltway to relocate landside terminal activities west of 35th, allowing for more of the airport to be used for gates and post-security amenities. As part of the overall modernization, a new runway 7/25 was constructed, which required additional land west of 35th Avenue and north of Vermilion Street. While numerous residents and businesses were relocated, the new runway was built to be 2500 meters, able to handle most larger jet aircraft serving Archanta. (The new runway is technically parallel to the five primary runways at LCX to handle flights more efficiently throughout the region, but Gunnison's runway is numbered 7/25 to avoid pilot confusion with LCX's 5/23 and 6/24 runways.) An additional crosswind runway, 16/34, was also constructed to replace runway 14/32.
Gunnison International Airport consists of a Main Terminal just west of 35th Avenue, which houses most landside operations of the airport. There are two satellite Concourses A and B -- both exclusively used by SkyRide Airlines -- connected to the Main Terminal via pedestrian bridges over 35th Avenue and connected to each other via the Gunnison Food Court. Immediately south of the Main Terminal is Concourse C, used by all other airlines.
|A||A1-A17 (18)||SkyRide Airlines||Domestic and International||Gates A1 and A1a can be combined to serve dual-jetway aircraft. Gates A1, A1a, A3, and A5 can accommodate international flights.|
|B||B21-B32 (12)||SkyRide Airlines||Domestic|
|C||C35-C45 (11)||All other airlines||Domestic and International||Gates C36 and C37 can be combined for dual-jetway operations. Gates C37 and higher can accommodate international flights.|
Gunnison Airport is located immediately northeast of the interchange of the Northeast Expressway (FS-24/SR 903) and the Outer Beltway (FS-24/930). Access to the Main Terminal is provided directly from the Outer Beltway. A short-term parking deck is attached to the Main Terminal building. Additional outdoor parking lots are located along North Avenue, south of the airport. Lake City Transit Authority and SMARTbus transit buses share a transit center on the lower level of the main parking garage. The LCTA Green Line and LCTA Silver Line serve the Main Terminal.
Exposition Gardens is the largest park in Lake City. Dating back to 1891, the park was the site of the 1938 Global Exposition. Today, Exposition Gardens is home to the Lake City Zoo, the Lake City Public Market, the Randall Stephens Convention Center, and four of Lake City’s seven professional sports teams.
1891-1934: Central Park
As Lake City rapidly expanded at the end of the 19th Century, city leaders noticed a significant lack of open spaces in the city. In 1888, the city council passed the Citywide Health and Wellness Initiative, which among other improvements called for the creation of five major parks to be scattered throughout Lake City: West Park, near Metamora; Lake Park, to be constructed on reclaimed land near downtown; South Park (since renamed Obigamide Park), on the Lake County government reservation; East Park (renamed Independence Park in honor of the Federal States centennial), at 21st Terrace and Minnonigan Street; and Central Park, spanning from Federal Avenue to Trinity Avenue and from 9th (now Ivesdale) Street to the Lake City Union Railroad at 16th (now Quincy) Street. Each of these parks would have its own commission to oversee planning, construction, and operation of each park using revenues generated from new taxing districts created specifically for each park.
Heavily inspired by Memorial Park in Stanton, Central Park was intended to be a mix of carefully designed natural areas including a large lake, manicured gardens, and fields and play spaces for more active recreational uses. The Central Park Commission selected prominent landscape architect Horace Altgeld to design the park. However, Altgeld’s death in 1890 led to a far more basic design being used for the park’s 1891 opening, although the Zoological Gardens opened as planned. While plans for a more refined park were desired, a major stock market collapse in 1902 and subsequent economic downturn forced Lake City to consolidate the five park commissions into one Park District to oversee all parks in Lake City. Following the economic recession, in an effort to maintain and stimulate economic development downtown, the Park District chose to focus on creating Lake Park using landfill from the Port of Lake City dredging operation in Little Lake Sauganash rather than upgrading Central Park.
As Lake City continued to grow, business groups started taking more seriously the idea that Lake City should host an international exposition, both for matters of civic pride and to generate new revenues. In 1934, Lake City officially announced that it would host the 1938 International Exposition in conjunction with the city’s centennial. The exposition would be hosted in the mostly-clean-slate Central Park. Construction on the exposition grounds began in 1935.
1934-1938: International Exposition
The 1938 International Exposition was known as the Century of Progress Exposition, celebrating Lake City’s centennial, with a particular focus on the transportation technological innovations that made a Lake City an important hub in the Federal States. The exposition opened in September 1937 and ran through May of 1938.
The exposition itself was focused on a new east-west promenade constructed along LaSalle Street, which was then renamed Exposition Boulevard. Exposition Boulevard was extended east to the Trenchent Transfer train station, where many fair-goers arrived for the exposition. This area became known as “The Concourse” and was a popular neighborhood in its own right. (Most of The Concourse and Exposition Boulevard was demolished in 1959 to make room for the Exposition Expressway, now FS-24.) The Lake City Union Railroad also constructed a massive new terminal on the fairgrounds, which were expanded to accommodate the station. The exposition’s administrative offices were located in the floors above the headhouse. Today, the Exposition Transportation Building is one of three remaining structures from the fair, although it sits abandoned and deteriorating.
Along Exposition Boulevard in Central Park – subsequently renamed Exposition Gardens – were various pavilions showcasing international advancements in electricity, communication, agriculture, industry, the arts, and more. At the center was the Four Corners Fountain, a pond in the shape of a six-pointed star with 18 individual fountains representing key milestones, events, or organizations in Lake City’s history. At the center of the fountain is the Four Corners Monument, an iconic Art Deco metallic structure of a globe. Eight small gardens surround the fountain, each with ornamental flowers from a different continent. Also surrounding the main fountain are eight small square fountains, each representing one of the eight continents. Representatives from each continent were invited to stock their pond with local aquatic life that visitors would be able to interact with. The ponds are heated to protect the aquatic life from freezing during the cold Minnonigan winters. To this day the ponds remain a modern visitor attraction.
While the exposition was focused on technological innovation, the fair also became a major culinary destination. In advance of the exposition, the Lake City Public Market opened in 1936 as a central hub for wholesale meat, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, and more for the expected influx of restaurants and visitors. The Public Market thrived and continues to operate today.
Across LeBeque Avenue from the Public Market is the Global Village, four covered open-air pavilions overlooking large gardens and a second fountain where international restauranteurs could serve foods during the fair. Unique to the Exposition were dedicated gardens for growing small crops from their native lands, which also allowed for guided tours and demonstrations of farming techniques. While these gardens were intended to become a permanent feature, most of the foreign plants did not survive the cold winter and there were additional concerns about invasive species, so the gardens became community gardens for local residents.
An estimated 3 million visitors attended the exposition and, while most arrived by train, the exposition showcased the potential for commercial aviation within the Federal States, and was seen as a major catalyst for expanding and improving Gunnison International Airport.
While some of the structures used in the exposition were designed for long-term use, most of the buildings constructed were intended to be temporary and moreover did not anticipate occupancy during the colder winter months. By 1942, only three buildings constructed for the exposition remained in Expo Gardens: the Exposition Transportation Building, which already had been abandoned; the grand Crystal Gardens building, which was repurposed into the Lake City Park District’s primary greenhouse; and the Grand Coliseum, which continued to host events, most frequently Centurion baseball games and Minutemen gridiron football games. The southern portion of Expo Gardens fell into decline, with the Park District eventually replacing the southwest fields with a massive surface parking lot for the Coliseum. In 1959, the Exposition Expressway was constructed, replacing Exposition Boulevard east of 7th Terrace; Bridge Street was also removed and replaced with the Northwest Expressway connecting the Stone Rapids Bridge to the Exposition Expressway, further isolating the Exposition Transportation Building from the rest of the park. While the 1964 construction of the Hutchinson Toll Bridge mostly spared Expo Gardens itself by tunneling underneath the park and the Four Corners Fountain, the new interchanges required to link with the Cherry Avenue Expressway and the Northwest/Exposition Expressway was extremely disruptive and contributed to the decline of the neighborhood as a whole.
1970-1992: Randall Stephens Convention Center
In an effort to stimulate the neighborhood and to fight ongoing business relocations to the suburbs, in 1970 the City Council created the Lake City Exposition Authority, a new agency funded by hotel and restaurant taxes in Lake City that would be responsible for creating a convention center in Expo Gardens. In 1974, two new buildings opened: the Exposition Gardens Convention Center at the southeast corner of Natoma Street and Federal Avenue, and the Expo Gardens Arena at Kendall Street and Federal Avenue. The Convention Center opened with 11,225 square meters of available exhibit space; the Arena became the home of the Lake City Rivermen hockey team and the Lake City Lancers basketball team beginning with the 1975 season.
The Convention Center was quickly successful and profitable, leading to significant expansions in 1988, 1994, 1998, and 2015. The 1988 expansion, which added the massive Building 2, also included renaming the facility as the Randall Stephens Convention Center after the long-serving Mayor of Lake City who oversaw the creation of the exposition authority. The 2015 expansion also included the purchase, renovation, and reopening of the historic Hotel Evans as The Wilberding - Hotel Evans, a four-star hotel with additional conference and event space.
1992-2001: Pax Nova Games
Following the awarding of the 2000 Pax Nova Games to Lake City, the city committed to an extensive cleanup and modernization of Exposition Gardens, which would host many of the events, including opening and closing ceremonies at the Lakeside Bank Coliseum. Preparations for the Pax Nova Games included replacing the Expo Gardens Arena with the new Axcess Arena in the same location, as well as an expansion of the Randall Stephens Convention Center to handle larger crowds and indoor sporting events for the games.
While plans for the Exposition Transportation Building remain fluid, the building has been designated as a Lake City Historic Landmark. The 2018 expressway removal initiative included removing the Northwest Expressway entirely and replacing it with a modern Bridge Street boulevard to better link the Exposition Transportation Building back to the rest of Expo Gardens.
Exposition Gardens is generally bounded by the Lake City Union Railroad tracks to the north; Federal Avenue to the west; Ivesdale Street to the south; and Trinity Avenue, North Street, and Carnaby Avenue to the east. The Lake City Zoo is located in the northwestern corner of Exposition Gardens, with the Randall Stephens Convention Center stretching across the middle of the park and the professional sporting facilities in the southern half of the park. The abandoned Exposition Transportation Building is located in the northeast corner of the park. Lake County General Hospital is located just east of Exposition Gardens.
Lake City Public Market
The Lake City Public Market is located at 1301 N. LeBeque Avenue, just north of Building 2 of the Randall Stephens Convention Center. The building was constructed in 1936, conveniently located near the Exposition Transportation Building and intended as a wholesale food hub for exhibitors at the 1938 International Exposition and for other local restaurants. However, the Public Market has always been open to the general public as well. The Public Market remains a major tourist attraction in Lake City, notable for its wide variety of local food vendors: while some chain restaurants in Lake City still use the Public Market for supplies, chain vendors are prohibited from making sales at the Public Market.
Global Village Gardens
Originally constructed to showcase farming techniques and native plants from all eight countries as part of the 1938 International Exposition, the Global Village Gardens remain as an important community garden for Lake City's North Side residents. The Global Village Gardens includes a large fountain and four pavilions, which are available to rent for events.
Exposition Transportation Building
The Exposition Transportation Building, built in 1936 by the Lake City Union Railroad, was the primary entrance and exit point to the 1938 International Exposition for hundreds of thousands of attendees. Designed in an Art Deco style, the building also housed the administrative offices for the exposition in its 19-story clock tower. Following the exhibition, the station was intended to relieve congestion at Lake City Union Station in downtown Lake City; however, the Exposition Transportation Building was never used for this purpose as intercity passenger rail service in the Federal States plateaued in the early 1940s and dramatically decreased in the 1950s as expressways and motorways proliferated throughout the nation. Prospects for the building were significantly hampered by the construction of the Northwest Expressway in 1959, dividing the building from the rest of Exposition Gardens; however, following the removal of the Northwest Expressway in 2018, there is ongoing interest in renovating and reopening the building, albeit likely in a non-transportation-related function.
Lakeside Bank Coliseum
The Lakeside Bank Coliseum opened in 1937 as a primary event space for the 1938 International Exposition. The Coliseum hosted two major Archantan sports throughout the exposition: baseball and Archantan (gridiron) football. The Lake City Blue Stockings relocated to the Coliseum for their 1937-1938 season; the team changed its name to the Lake City Centurions in honor of the "Century of Progress" theme. The Minnonigan Minutemen football team also plays in the Coliseum. Due to the field's size to accommodate both baseball and gridiron football games, the Coliseum is known as a very pitcher-friendly baseball stadium due to the large amount of foul territory. The Coliseum hosted opening and closing ceremonies for the 2000 Pax Nova Games and has been modernized several times, most recently adding additional skyboxes in 2014. The Coliseum officially seats 47,000 for baseball (although many upper deck sections are closed off for most games) and 62,000 for gridiron football games, as additional temporary seating sections are routinely constructed for gridiron and exhibition soccer matches. Lakeside Bank, headquartered in downtown Lake City, purchased naming rights to the Coliseum in 2007 and renewed the naming rights contract for another ten years in 2017.
The Axcess Arena opened in 1999 in advance of the Pax Nova Games, replacing the Expo Gardens Arena, which replaced the exhibition's Stock Pavilion in 1967. Axcess Arena is the home of the Lake City Lancers basketball team and the Lake City Rivermen hockey team. The state-of-the-art arena seats up to 16,000 fans for hockey and over 18,000 fans for basketball, concerts, and other events. While the Axcess Arena contains no exhibit space, the building is connected to the Randall Stephens Convention Center and is often used for events hosted there.
Exposition Park Fieldhouse and Natatorium
As part of Lake City's failed bid for the 1916 Continental Games, two structures were built: the Central Park Fieldhouse and the Central Park Natatorium. While the original bid ultimately failed, the fieldhouse and natatorium (later renamed to "Exposition Park Fieldhouse/Natatorium" when the park itself changed names) remained and were a critical part of Lake City's 2000 bid for the Pax Nova Games. The two main gymnasiums of the fieldhouse were connected to the Randall Stephens Convention Center with the construction of Building 3 in 1994 and can be combined with other conference spaces as needed.
Exposition Park Conservatory
One of the three remaining structures from the 1938 International Exposition, the Exposition Park Conservatory sits at 1055 N. Waterson Avenue in Exposition Gardens. Built and opened as the Crystal Gardens Ballroom, the impressive copper and glass Beaux Arts building was markedly different than the rest of the primarily Art Deco exhibition buildings. The building was used as an event space for foreign dignitaries during the exposition and showed off the latest technological advances in air conditioning. Following the close of the exposition, the Lake City Park District took ownership of the Crystal Gardens and created the Exposition Park Conservatory, the Park District's primary greenhouse. While the Conservatory is officially free and open to the public, donations are strongly recommended and the building itself is often rented out for weddings and other private events.
Lake City Zoo
The Lake City Zoological Gardens is the largest zoo in Minnonigan and dates back to 1894. A wide variety of animals from around the world are represented at the zoo, and the zoo is one of the largest free zoos in the Federal States. The zoo has been incrementally removing older zoo buildings and replacing them with more natural habitat spaces. The grounds of the zoo originally included areas east of Bridge Street, which were never developed; this area was physically divided from the rest of the zoo after construction of the Northwest Expressway in 1959. As part of the 2018 expressway removal initiative, the old Zoo Gardens Drive bridge over the Northwest Expressway was removed and replaced with an at-grade intersection with the reconstructed Bridge Street. The Lake City Zoo, in coordination with the Lake City Park District, converted the abandoned zoo land east of Bridge Street into the Apiary Creek Meadow, a restored prairie and wetland formed by daylighting the previously-buried Apiary Creek and replanting native grasses and plants. The meadow also includes a Wilderness Education Center, which was opened in coordination with Lake City Public Schools to teach students about native geography and wildlife prior to human development in Minnonigan.
Randall Stephens Convention Center
|Building||Space||Approx. ft²||Approx. m²|
|Building 1||Hall 110||69,400||6,450|
|Building 1||Hall 120||4,000||375|
|Building 1||Hall 130*||14,500||1,350|
|Building 1||Hall 131*||4,600||425|
|Building 1||Hall 132*||4,600||425|
|Building 1||Hall 133*||4,600||425|
|Building 1||Hall 134*||4,600||425|
|Building 1||Hall 135*||4,600||425|
|Building 1||Hall 136*||4,600||425|
|Building 1||Hall 137*||5,400||500|
|Building 1||Hall 139||47,500||4,400|
|Building 2||Hall 240*||107,000||9,950|
|Building 2||Hall 241*||63,500||5,900|
|Building 2||Hall 249||170,500||15,850|
|Building 2||Hall 250*||21,200||2,000|
|Building 2||Hall 251*||178,000||16,500|
|Building 2||Hall 252*||120,000||11,100|
|Building 2||Hall 259||319,200||29,600|
|Building 2||Hall 260*||4,500||420|
|Building 2||Hall 261*||4,500||420|
|Building 2||Hall 262*||4,500||420|
|Building 2||Hall 263*||5,200||480|
|Building 2||Hall 269||18,700||1,740|
|Building 3||Hall 370*||78,100||7,250|
|Building 3||Hall 371*||63,100||5,800|
|Exposition Park Fieldhouse^||Gym 2/Hall 372^||16,000||1,500|
|Exposition Park Fieldhouse^||Gym 1/Hall 373^||16,000||1,500|
|Building 3||Hall 379||173,200||16,050|
|Building 3||Hall 380||53,500||5,000|
|Lakeside Center||Hall 490*||141,000||13,000|
|Lakeside Center||Hall 491*||14,000||1,300|
|Lakeside Center||Hall 492*||41,400||3,850|
|Lakeside Center||Hall 499||191,400||18,150|
|Lakeside Center||Lakeside Ballroom||155,300||14,400|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 500*||58,500||5,450|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 501*||7,200||675|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 502*||3,500||325|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 503*||7,200||675|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 504*||3,500||325|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 505*||7,200||675|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 506*||3,500||325|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 507*||7,200||675|
|Hotel Evans||Hall 509†||106,125||9,875|
|Halls shown with an asterisk can be combined into Halls shown in italics.|
^ - Gymnasiums in the Exposition Park Fieldhouse cannot be used individually.
† - Includes additional space from removing the hallway between individual halls.
The Randall Stephens Convention Center straddles Exposition Boulevard and surrounds the Four Corners Fountain in the middle of Exposition Gardens. The convention center is one of the largest convention spaces in the Federal States, with over 120,000 square meters of event space available. The convention center routinely hosts large exhibitions including the annual Lake City Auto Show, itself an ongoing extension of the Transportation Showcase of the 1938 International Exposition. The center is named after Randall Stephens, long-serving Mayor of Lake City who served when the Expo Gardens Convention Center opened in 1974.
Lake City Exposition Authority
As Lake City faced significant population and business losses in the 1960s as many residents moved out to the suburbs, the Lake City Mayor Randall Stephens and the City Council of Lake City debated ways to reinvigorate declining areas of the city. Among the strategies employed was lobbying the state government to create the Lake City Exposition Authority, a new government agency ostensibly tasked with attracting new business expositions to Lake City, but also directly concerned with competing against the Village of Montrose’s Balmoral Parkway corridor of hotels near Lake City International Airport. The Exposition Authority is funded by a 0.5% tax on all sales from restaurants within Lake City and a 1% tax on hotel rooms “in Lake County within two miles of any commercial airport”, which was written to include the Balmoral Parkway corridor. While the revenues from the hotel tax far outweighed revenues generated from the Lake City restaurant tax, the City Council successfully argued that, since the restaurant tax covers a larger geographic area, a majority of the Exposition Authority’s board should be controlled by the City of Lake City.
Construction on the Expo Gardens Convention Center (now Building 1) and the Expo Gardens Arena began in 1972, with both buildings opening on October 15, 1974. An addition to the convention center opened in 1980, bringing the total available exposition space to nearly 27,000 square meters. In 1985, the Exposition Authority received approval to complete the massive Building 2, which required Lake City to vacate LeBeque Avenue south of Natoma Street. Building 2 opened in 1988, more than doubling the exhibition space in the convention center, which was renamed to the Randall Stephens Convention Center.
Building 3, which opened in 1994, added an additional 21,000 square meters of convention space, and also included the first segments of the SkyWalk. Building 4, officially the Lakeside Center, opened in 1999 with an additional 32,500 square meters of convention space and Parking Deck C. As a concession to win zoning board approval and to help ease neighborhood concerns about increased traffic, the SkyWalk was directly connected to the LCTA Expo Gardens ‘J’ Station. In 2015, the Exposition Authority purchased the Hotel Evans and opened the Hotel Evans Conference Center (Building 5) in the former hotel parking lot.
Coordinated with the 2018 expressway removal initiative, the Exposition Authority constructed the massive Parking Deck B, with direct access to and from westbound FS-24. The project also enlarged the underground Building 2 truck loading/parking areas. Concurrently the Exposition Authority built Parking Deck D, which includes park-and-ride facilities for the LCTA. As part of the initiative’s overall goal to reduce auto dependency in Lake City, these improvements were funded by a new 2% tax on rental car facilities serving the two airports.
The Randall Stephens Convention Center features 36 individual exhibition halls, many of which can be combined to form larger event spaces as needed. Event spaces, referred to as Halls, are labeled with a three-digit number: the first digit is the number of the building; the second digit is the number of the larger event space; and the third digit is the individual space. Halls that end with "9" indicate a combined space (e.g., Hall 139 is the combined Halls 130-137). Individual room sizes range from 325 square meters to 29,600 square meters. The various parts of the convention center are all connected by the Expo Gardens SkyWalk, a climate-controlled network of elevated walkways that connect parking decks, LCTA 'J' stations, the Lake City Public Market, the Axcess Arena, and more to the four primary buildings of the convention center. This allows for a wide variety of event space and possible room layouts, a key part of the convention center's overall success.
The Expo Gardens SkyWalk directly connects the Randall Stephens Convention Center to several LCTA 'J' rapid transit stations. To the west, the SkyWalk directly connects the Lakeside Center to the Expo Gardens station, which serves LCTA Yellow Line and LCTA Green Line trains; the LCTA Green Line directly serves Gunnison International Airport. To the east, the SkyWalk directly connects The Wilberding - Hotel Evans to the Trinity/Exposition station, which serves LCTA Brown Line and LCTA Purple Line trains. LCTA Orange Line trains -- which connect to the LCX Monorail at Dodge -- are also available at the Trinity/Exposition station. The Randall Stephens Convention Center is located over the Exhibition Expressway (FS-24) tunnel through Exposition Gardens. Three major parking decks (Deck B, Deck C, and Deck D) are connected to the SkyWalk, with a capacity of tens of thousands of cars. Decks C and D are also used for events at Axcess Arena and for Minnonigan Minutemen football games at the Lakeside Bank Coliseum. With the exception of Kendall Street, most streets within Exposition Gardens south of Natoma Street are generally closed to automobile traffic at all times.
In 2015, the Lake City Exposition Authority purchased the Hotel Evans, a historic hotel located immediately adjacent to Exposition Gardens. The Hotel Evans dates back to 1937, when it opened to serve visitors to the 1938 International Exposition. The hotel closed for nine months and reopened as The Wilberding - Hotel Evans, a four-star hotel connected to the Randall Stephens Convention Center via the SkyWalk. The Hotel Evans renovation also included construction of the Hotel Evans Conference Center (Building 5) in the former surface parking lot of the hotel. The hotel offers 802 guest rooms including 22 suites, as well as a full business center, spa, and three restaurants.
Several smaller boutique hotels are located in the North Union Entertainment District, just west of Axcess Arena. Numerous additional hotels are located in downtown Lake City, a short 10-15 minute 'J' ride away from the convention center.
One Central National Historic Site
The One Central National Historic Site is located in downtown Lake City. The site is centered around the former Central Station of the Minnonigan Central Railroad, which served long distance travelers to and from Lake City from 1890 until its full closure in 1982. The site includes 128 acres (0.52 square kilometers) that help demonstrate the station's overall demise, including the new Suburban Station commuter rail terminal; the Northwest Gateway interchange; Central Station and its trainshed; the Caldwell Terminal building, which now serves as the site's museum and visitor's center; and approximately four blocks of the blighted One Central neighborhood, named for the address of Central Station. The site was selected as a Federal States National Historic Site in 2021.
The Minnonigan Central Railroad began operating in 1871 using a primary corridor along rather than across the Stone River, connecting Lake City with Gleason, Seneppi and later northward to Andreapolis, Alormen. The MCRR quickly established itself as one of the busiest railroads in the central Federal States, linking freight and agriculture from the heartland of the FSA to ocean ports in Andreapolis and lake ports in Lake City. As part of the railroad's construction of the Port of Minnonigan, MCRR also constructed a depot for passenger operations. The original Central Depot, a smaller wood-frame building with four stub tracks, stood in the same location as Central Station at the intersection of Minnonigan Street and Central Avenue in downtown Lake City from its construction in 1871 until the depot burnt down in 1887.
While a temporary wooden depot building was quickly rebuilt to continue serving travelers, the growth in interstate transportation prompted Minnonigan Central to invest in a larger, more monumental station to serve the increasing passenger loads. Central Station, with 12 tracks and a landmark station building and tower to house the railroad's offices, opened to great fanfare in 1890. The station's train shed was noteworthy for using both a larger hangar-style arched roof near the base of the platforms, with glass canopies radiating out to allow steam locomotives (which would reverse direction at the Wallawaukee Street wye and back into the station with the assistance of a flagger) to vent directly into the air, increasing passenger comfort.
Unique to Central Station was a second, dedicated station building with a dedicated track. This private terminal was named the Caldwell Terminal, used exclusively for dignitaries and private charters. The Caldwell Terminal largely survived in tact to current day and now houses the museum and visitor's center of the state historic site.
The station remained one of Lake City's busiest terminals throughout the first half of the 20th Century, with many long-distance travelers first experiencing Lake City by walking through the glass-covered platforms and through the ornate station buildings. Central Station was a primary arrival point for tens of thousands of travelers visiting Lake City for the 1937-38 Century of Progress Exposition, and also served as a busy commuter terminal for suburbanites traveling to downtown Lake City daily for work. In 1938, Central Station also became directly integrated with the Lake City Transit Authority's 'J' metro network, with a direct connection to the new Fermont/Stone subway station from Platform D.
By the 1940s, passenger volumes at Central Station increased to the point where another expansion was considered necessary; however, with the station mostly landlocked to the west and east, an expansion of Central Station itself was not possible. As a result, the Minnonigan Central instead chose to vacate some of the declining areas of the Port of Minnonigan and constructed a new six-track basic station three blocks south of Central Station at the northwest corner of Van Ness Street and Central Avenue. This station, which was subsequently named the Suburban Station, would only be used for commuter trains, with long-distance trains remaining at Central Station. The Suburban Station, like Central Station, was also directly integrated with the LCTA via a connection to the Traction Bridge station on what is now the LCTA Pink Line.
While the rising trend of auto ownership in the Federal States was an existential threat to long-distance and commuter passenger rail service throughout the 20th Century, Central Station was uniquely affected due to its geography. Stone Avenue was always a busy route in and out of downtown Lake City from the northwest, but the opening of the Stone River Subway in 1938 and the subsequent repurposing of the Coliseum Bridge Elevated to car traffic lanes made Stone Avenue a heavily-congested principal arterial for downtown. The opening of the double-deck Cherry Street Expressway in 1953 dumped more auto traffic onto Stone Avenue right in the heart of the One Central neighborhood, raising street traffic volumes to what was considered unacceptable levels of congestion. To ease these congestion concerns, Lake City embarked on a massive scale urban clearance program to make room for additional expressways directly into the heart of the city. The Downtown Expressway's opening in 1957 did not require any alterations to Central Station itself, but to avoid the station and minimize the footprint of the urban expressway, the design necessitated a continuation of the double-deck design from the Cherry Street Expressway further north. Additionally, six full city blocks -- directly outside and adjacent to Central Station -- needed to be razed to construct the new Northwest Gateway interchange. The massive public works project placed Central Station (and, to a lesser extent, Suburban Station) on something of an island, totally separated from downtown.
Similarly, the hulking structures of the Downtown Expressway and the Central Avenue Elevated left the One Central neighborhood in something of an undesirable blighted "no man's land", despite being only a short distance away from both downtown and the Exposition Gardens. The neighborhood declined rapidly in the 1960s and continues to be marked by abandoned factories and vacant housing lots.
While the original design of the Downtown Expressway spared Central Station during construction, continued vibration through the years from heavy traffic on the viaduct impacted the structural stability of the grand office tower of the building. By 1967, the tower was declared structurally unsound and in need of repairs. Rather than repair the building, the Minnonigan Central chose to vacate the office spaces in favor of an annex building in the Port of Minnonigan and demolished the tower shortly thereafter. By 1975, Central Station's passenger train volumes plummeted to a mere six trains a day, far under capacity for the massive terminal. As part of the creation of the national passenger rail network, all intercity passenger operations in Lake City were consolidated at Lake City Union Station, allowing for the full abandonment of Central Station.
Gentrification and Preservation
The demise of the Central Station tower kickstarted a local historic preservation movement in Lake City. Even though the One Central neighborhood and Central Station were considered blighted by city planning officials, the remaining residents continued to build a small but tight-knit community around St. Anthony's Church at Hancock Street and Maple Avenue. The surviving housing stock remaining in One Central represents some of Lake City's earliest trademark single-family bungalows and courtyard apartment buildings, prime examples of working-class housing stock in the early 20th Century. Additionally, the creation of Usher Park at the intersection of Stone and Central Avenues prompted some modest reinvestment activities in the southern portion of the neighborhood.
In 1985, the owners of the Minnonigan Minutemen gridiron team announced plans to leave the Exposition Gardens (now Lakeside Bank) Coliseum and construct a new, modern stadium at Central Station. While most Lake City residents were generally supportive of the idea, significant debates broke out when the ownership group announced their intention to work with the City of Lake City to use eminent domain powers to purchase the entire One Central neighborhood, which was to be razed for parking for the stadium. When the proposal narrowly passed the City Council, preservationists and local residents appealed to the Governor of Minnonigan to intervene. While the governor could not arbitrarily stop Lake City from following through with their eminent domain plans for the parking lots, the state government instead created the One Central State Historic Site to preserve the neighborhood and Central Station.
On March 4, 1986, the One Central State Historic Site was officially created, with the stated intent to "preserve, inform, and educate the public as to the unfortunate disinvestment patterns in Minnonigan and throughout the Lakes Region as a result of motorways, suburbanization, and urban renewal". While existing residents and commercial owners in One Central are restricted as to improvements to their properties, approved renovations and updates are considered preservation activities and thus receive tax advantages.
Since Central Station fell into disuse and disrepair, much of the old train shed area has reverted to a more natural state. The site now serves as a unique urban refuge for migratory songbirds, many of which nest on the station's grounds.
The One Central State Historic Site encompasses 128 acres (0.52 square kilometers) immediately northwest of downtown Lake City. Within the park's boundaries include the following features:
- Central Station, a historic passenger rail terminal;
- Suburban Station, an active commuter rail terminal;
- the Northwest Gateway, a major interchange and complex interchange serving vehicular traffic heading into and out of downtown Lake City;
- the Caldwell Terminal, which was previously a private passenger rail terminal that is now used as the park's museum and visitor center; and
- the One Central Neighborhood, approximately four blocks of preserved blighted residential and commercial development representing Lake City's urban renewal historic period.
The One Central State Historic Site is easily accessed by all modes of transportation, situated between two of the primary highway bridges spanning the Stone River and bifurcated by the Downtown Expressway (FS-91). The site is also served by four LCTA 'J' stations:
- Coliseum Bridge (Hancock/Central, LCTA Yellow and Green Lines)
- Fermont/Stone (Stone River Subway, LCTA Red and Blue Lines)
- Minnonigan St (Minnonigan/Waubenon, LCTA Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue Lines)
- Traction Bridge (Congress/Waubenon, LCTA Pink Line)
SMARTrail 4 trains also terminate at Suburban Station, which includes the Suburban Station Transit Center for LCTA buses. The ArchanTrails intercity bus depot, itself a redevelopment project in the neighborhood, is also located in the center of the site.
2000 Pax Nova Games
Lake City was chosen as the summer host of the 2000 Pax Nova Games. As part of the unique timing of the new millennium, the Lake City bid had events technically starting in the prior year: opening ceremonies began on Friday, 31 December 1999 and incorporated the New Year's countdown into the event. The games ran for 17 days, with closing ceremonies held on Sunday, 16 January 2000.
Unlike many other bids for the Pax Nova Games, rather than concentrating events in one particular area or district, the bid took advantage of Lake City's unique tapestry of neighborhoods, allowing events to occur and be hosted throughout the entire city. This more immersive experience allowed visitors to Lake City to fully appreciate everything the city has to offer while also leveraging the city's extensive existing transit and sport network. Additionally, Lake Sauganash itself took a starring role, offering a variety of event venues in numerous lakefront locations, providing beautiful backdrops for many high-profile events.
Events were generally clustered in four primary "hubs" around Lake City:
- Exposition Gardens, which hosted Lake City's global exposition of 1938, would serve as the primary hub of the Pax Nova Games. Opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the final matches for the football and rugby events, were hosted in the historic Lakeside Bank Coliseum, with the adjacent Axcess Arena hosting championships in basketball and handball, while the sprawling nearby Randall Stephens Convention Center were used for several indoor events including gymnastics, judo, indoor volleyball, and more. The historic Exposition Park Natatorium, which also dates back to the 1938 exposition, hosted synchronized swimming activities.
- Lake Park, often called Lake City's "front lawn" due to its location next to downtown Lake City along the shores of Lake Sauganash, was a major secondary hub for the games. While major events such as archery, tennis, beach volleyball, and rowing were held in the park, as well as preliminary football matches in the new 9th Avenue Stadium built for the events, most of Lake Park would take a more communal environment, with amateur football, softball, baseball, and other teams welcome to use the park's sprawling fields for pick-up games and other impromptu competitions.
- Bronzewick Harbor was a third center of events for the Pax Nova Games. The largest purpose-built area of Lake City's bid, Bronzewick Harbor and the attached Millennium Piers are situated on former industrial land at the base of the Caldwell Bridge just across the Stone River from downtown Lake City. The Bronzewick Harbor area includes a new complex of three stadiums: a traditional track-and-field stadium; a velodrome, which includes a BMX circuit in the infield of the cycling track; and a hybrid football/concert stadium that features a full football pitch as well as a stage for non-sporting events that has a dramatic backdrop of the Caldwell Bridge and the Lake City skyline. (Following the close of the games, the Lake City Oarsmen rugby team moved in to make the stadium their home pitch.) Bronzewick Harbor also includes the new Caldwell Park Natatorium, which hosted competitive aquatic events and serves as the Park District of Lake City's new marquee water park following the close of the games. The "crown jewel" of Bronzewick Harbor, however, is the new Millennium Piers entertainment district, with shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions. The Millennium Piers complex also includes what was at one time one of the largest video screens in the world, cantilevered over a former industrial ship slip that allows for viewing parties at the new beach constructed for the events. Millennium Piers was also host to the media center for the games, providing ample studio space for networks around the globe with beautiful backdrops of the Lake City skyline and the Caldwell Bridge. (The media center is now the Minnonigan Institute of Broadcast Arts.)
- The final major hub of the Lake City bid was located at Obigamide Park on the city's South Side. This hub, which includes the nearby Lake County Fairgrounds and Lake City Downs, was home to the equestrian events as well as some purpose-built facilities, including a kayak slalom course, shooting ranges, cross-country running facilities, and four fields for one of the demonstration games of the bid, 40cm softball. (The game is played similar to traditional baseball or softball, except with a larger 40cm-circumference ball that allows players to play without gloves and slower, high-arc pitches that provides for more recreational, more competitive gameplay.)
While additional venues and events were hosted throughout the Lake City region, all events would be linked to at least one of the four hubs by a new network of limited-stop buses, which also included hub-to-hub express services as well as direct service to both of Lake City's commercial airports. As a legacy of the games, the transit hubs would go on to form the basis of a new bus rapid transit system throughout Lake City. Additionally, many sites are located near the city's extensive 'J' network of metro trains.
|Sport||Discipline||Venue name||Capacity||Position||Public transport accessibility||Notes||Subsequent use|
|Aquatics||Diving||Caldwell Park Natatorium||
|Synchronized swimming||Exposition Park Natatorium||Event buses:||Extant|
|Archery||Lake Park Cricket Pitch||Event buses:||Temporary facility|
|Athletics||Track and Field||Bridgeview Events Center||
|Marathon||Institute of Art and Architecture (start/finish line)||
|42.2km loop route on city streets from City Promenade at the Institute of Art and Architecture.|
|Badminton||Randall Stephens Convention Center||Trains:
|Basketball||Preliminaries||Palmer Place Forum||8,500||Trains:
|West Park Fieldhouse||3,000||Event buses:||Extant|
|Boxing||City College Fieldhouse||Event buses:||Extant|
|Temporary stands erected at Institute Field for spectators|
|Slalom||Obigamide Floodway||Event buses:||Temporary course removed after events|
|Cycling||BMX||Caldwell Park Velodrome||
|Mountain biking||Wilson Dunes State Park/Anderson Creek Prairie Preserve||Trains:
|Extant; 14.0 km circuit. Portions were paved to become part of the Lakefront Bikeway. Grandstands located at Anderson Beach SMARTrail park-and-ride lot and along Campground Road.|
|Road cycling||City streets|
|Equestrian||Dressage||Lake County Fairgrounds - Grand Exhibition Hall||Event buses:||Extant|
|Eventing||Lake City Downs||Trains:
Archer St-Lake City Downs
|Fencing||Randall Stephens Convention Center||Trains:
|Field Hockey||Independence Park||Trains:
|Extant (baseball stadium)|
|Bridgeview Events Center||
|Extant (soccer pitch/concert venue)|
|9th Avenue Stadium||
|Extant (Lake City Blue Stars)|
|Final||Lakeside Bank Coliseum||Trains:
|Also location of opening and closing ceremonies||Extant|
|Gymnastics||Artistic||Randall Stephens Convention Center||Trains:
|Handball||Preliminaries||The Venue at Docklands Paradise||Trains:
|Judo||Randall Stephens Convention Center||Trains:
|Modern pentathlon||Fencing||Randall Stephens Convention Center||Trains:
|Freestyle swimming||Caldwell Park Natatorium||
|Show jumping||Lake City Downs||Trains:
Archer St-Lake City Downs
|Pistol shooting||Obigamide Park||Trains:
|Rugby||Preliminaries||Daviston Sports Complex||
|Finals||Lakeside Bank Coliseum||Trains:
|Temporary stands erected at Institute Field for spectators|
|Sailing||Shelter Cove Marina||
25th/South Point Rd
|Temporary facilities on the cricket pitches|
|Skateboarding (demonstration sport)||Underbridge Skate Center (Millennium Piers)||
|Extant. Converted to public skate park following games.|
|Softball (demonstration sport)||Obigamide Park Sportsplex||Trains:
|Lake City's variation of softball uses a 40cm (16-inch) circumference ball. Ball softens as play goes on, which allows players to play without gloves.||Extant|
|Table Tennis||Randall Stephens Convention Center||Trains:
|Tennis||preliminaries||Lake City Racquet Club||Event buses:||Extant|
|final||Temporary stadium for finals constructed in ice skating rink east of Racquet Club|
|Triathlon||Swimming||Little Ispelia Beach||City buses||Open water; start at southeast corner of beach and swim to north end of Shelter Cove Beach (1.5 km)|
|Cycling||Trinity Cathedral (end)||Trains:
|40km route to Trinity Cathedral/St. Patrick High School|
|Running||Lake City Union Station (end)||Trains:
Temple Av-Union Station
Lake City Union Station
|10km route to Lake City Union Station|
|Volleyball||Beach||Lake Park Beach||
|Extant; finals in temporary stadium in sports fields across Beach Bay Drive|
|Indoor||Randall Stephens Convention Center||Trains:
|Weightlifting||Randall Stephens Convention Center||Trains:
|Wrestling||Freestyle||Obigamide Park High School||Trains:
|Amenity||Type||Location||Public transport accessibility||Notes||Subsequent use|
|Southwestern University Dormitories||International Village||None||No public access||Extant; university housing|
|Gunnison International Airport||Transport||LCTA trains||Secondary airport||Extant|
|Lake City International Airport||Transport||LCTA trains, SMARTrail trains (via LCX Monorail), direct bus (via LCX Monorail)||Primary airport. Direct bus terminal for events located at Consolidated Rental Car Facility.||Extant|
|Bradford Cove Transit Center||Transport||LCTA trains, direct bus, water taxi (2 block walk)||Extant. Southern terminal of post-games Western Avenue BRT.|
|Millennium Piers Transit Center||Transport||Direct bus, water taxi||Extant|
|Expo Gardens Transit Center||Transport||Direct bus, LCTA trains (2 block walk)||Adjacent to Axcess Arena and Lakeside Bank Coliseum. Walking distance to Randall Stephens Convention Center.||Extant|
|East Bridge Transit Center||Transport||Direct bus||Direct access to Caldwell Bridge. Serves western Lake Park.||Extant|
|Lake Park Transit Center||Transport||Direct bus||Serves central Lake Park||Extant|
|9th Avenue Transit Center||Transport||LCTA trains, direct bus, water taxi (2 block walk)||Serves eastern Lake Park||Extant|
|South Point Ferry Terminal||Transport||LCTA trains, direct bus, water taxi, South Point Streetcar||Extant|
|Lake City Union Station||Transport||LCTA trains, SMARTrail trains, direct bus||All intercity trains serving Lake City use Lake City Union Station. Also serves as terminus for triathlon. Great Hall also used for entertainment purposes during games.||Extant|
|Suburban Station||Transport||SMARTrail trains, water taxi (2 block walk)||Serves northern suburbs of Lake City. Also main transfer for non-event LCTA buses.||Extant|
|West Bank Terminal||Transport||LCTA trains, SMARTrail trains, water taxi||Serves northwestern, western, and southwestern suburbs of Lake City. SMARTrail 1 trains are only public transit access to Anderson Beach for mountain biking event.||Extant|
|Administration Building||Operations||None||No public access. Offices for Pancontinental Games organizers.||Extant. Repurposed to house the headquarters of the Park District of Lake City.|
|Media Center||Operations||Direct bus, water taxi||Houses 36 studios and 9 satellite dish uplinks for global media coverage of the events. Studios overlook the Millennium Piers plaza and the Lake City skyline.||Extant. Repurposed to house the Minnonigan Institute of Broadcast Arts, a branch of the University of Minnonigan at Lake City.|
|Millennium Piers||Entertainment||Direct bus, water taxi||Entertainment hub for the games. Repurposed portion of the West Port of Minnonigan. Includes outdoor stage venue, Ferris Wheel, carousel, two beaches, and jumbo video screen cantilevered over former slip for viewing parties.||Extant|
|Kriz Field||Entertainment||Direct bus, water taxi||Lake Park live music/events viewing venue||Extant|
|Wilberding Pavilion||Entertainment||LCTA trains, direct bus||City Circle live music/events viewing venue||Extant|
|The Docklands||Hospitality||LCTA trains, direct bus, water taxi, South Point Streetcar||Hotel district. Includes three hotels and a casino. South Point Streetcar constructed as a tourist shuttle for the games.||Extant|
|Rudolph Street Corridor||Hospitality||LCTA trains, direct bus||Historic hotel district in downtown Lake City. (buildings currently unmapped)||Extant|
|Balmoral Parkway Corridor||Hospitality||LCTA trains||Airport higher-end hotel district. (most buildings currently unmapped)||Extant|
|Gramercy Parkway Corridor||Hospitality||LCTA trains||Airport budget hotel district||Extant|
|Obigamide Park Hospital||Medical Services||LCTA trains, direct bus||East side medical hub||Extant|
|Natoma Park Hospital||Medical Services||LCTA trains||West side medical hub||Extant|
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Currently, Lake City hosts several professional sports teams.
|Baseball||Lake City Centurions||Lakeside Bank Coliseum|
|Baseball||Lake City Navigators||BriteSpot Stadium|
|Football (gridiron)||Lake City Minutemen||Archantan Gridiron League||Lakeside Bank Coliseum|
|Basketball||Lake City Lancers||Axcess Arena|
|Hockey||Lake City Rivermen||Axcess Arena|
|Soccer||Lake City Blue Stars||MWireless Stadium|
|Rugby||Lake City Oarsmen||Bridgeview Events Center|