Winter Park is a suburban city in Orange County, Florida. The population was 24,090 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006 estimates, the city had a population of 28,083. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The city is home to Rollins College, Full Sail University and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass on Earth. Winter Park enjoys more parkspace per capita than any other city in Florida.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22.4 km²). 7.3 square miles (19.0 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it (15.14%) is water. It is nestled among the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, a series of aquifer fed lakes interconnected by a series of navigable canals, which were originally created for flood control and to run logs to a sawmill on present day Lake Virginia. The lakes are popular for boating, watersports, fishing and swimming.
The city is traversed by the old Orlando-Oviedo (“Dinky Line”) railroad bed, which until the 1960s had a stop at Lake Virginia/Rollins College at the city park now known as Dinky Dock. Much of this right of way has been converted to a rail-to-trail pedestrian/ biking path – in the form of the Cady Way Trail, which leads from Cady Way Park toward the Baldwin Park neighborhood and downtown Orlando, and in the opposite direction to Oviedo and beyond (via the Florida trail), thanks to a new pedestrian bridge spanning Semoran Boulevard (SR 436) in Orange County.
Currently, CSX operates a rail line through Winter Park on the former Atlantic Coast Line, with an Amtrak Station in downtown’s historic Central Park.
Due to its close proximity of Orlando, Winter Park is a city which many commuters traverse to access downtown Orlando. These commuters come from outlying suburban areas such as, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Maitland, Altamonte Springs and Casselberry.
Aloma Elementary School
Brookshire Elementary School
The Geneva School
Glenridge Middle School
Lakemont Elementary School
The Parke House Academy
St. Margaret Mary Catholic School
Lake Howell High School
Trinity Preparatory School
Winter Park High School
Full Sail University
Valencia Community College, Winter Park Campus
Fortis College, Winter Park Campus