Camphor Heights is bordered by Ariana Street and Dobbins Park to the north, S. Lincoln Ave to the west, Fairview Ave to the east, and W. Beacon Road to the south. It was platted in 1951-1952 and contains many lovely midcentury modern homes.
The community has an active neighborhood association with block captains, a quarterly newsletter, a Facebook group, and regular social events.
Camphor Heights gets its name from camphor trees, which were introduced into Florida in 1875. Although technically an invasive species and not recommended for planting by the University of Florida's extension program, these large evergreen trees have dense crowns that create a charming leafy canopy. The section of Camphor Drive between Ariana Street and Beacon Road is considered by some to be the most beautiful street in Lakeland. The city's Parks & Recreation department trims the trees annually to remove decay.
The Zombie Crawl 3K and costume contest is on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. Registration is $10 per person, which includes a T-shirt. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the registration form.
(Also looking for volunteers!)
Movies in the Park will be Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in Dobbins Park. The film has not yet been decided. Send suggestions to email@example.com. Current contenders include: Encanto, Luca, The Batman, and Spider-man: No Way Home
Lights on Camphor, a neighborhood walkabout/driveway party with refreshments and carolers, will be Saturday, Dec. 17 starting at 7 p.m. If you are decorating, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Also looking for volunteers and carolers!)
Newsletter: April 2022
Meetings: Second Monday of odd months at 6:30 p.m., Dobbins Park Pavilion next to Dixieland Elementary