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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Waterfront Park Designs and Renovations Underway

Wildflower and Silver Palm Park concept sketch

Plans to connect Silver Palm Park and the Wildflower property at the intracoastal and Palmetto Park Road are moving forward. At the November 26 City Council workshop, EDSA, the City's consultant, gave a presentation on the connectivity designs for the Wildflower and Silver Palm Parks. A revised conceptual plan was presented and members of the City Council and the public had an opportunity to weigh in on the revised designs. EDSA will incorporate the changes requested by the City Council including additional parking, an artistic and unique playground concept, moving the existing restrooms and other details that will become part of the approved, revised design. Next steps include detailed design, site plan approvals, permitting, bidding and construction. Depending on cost estimates, the over six acres of park land could be developed in phases.

As part of other waterfront park renovations, Hillsboro El Rio Park Phase 2 along 18th Street and the El Rio Canal, will soon enter the construction phase, and estimates have the park completed in the fall of 2019. The new park will include jogging and fitness trails, picnic pavilions, pickleball courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball and a soft launch for canoes and kayaks.

Consultants have worked with City Council members and stakeholders to create preliminary designs for Lake Wyman and Rutherford Parks and are currently working on the permit applications to the appropriate permitting agencies. Improvements will include canoe and kayak trails and launches, replacing the existing boardwalk and extending the boardwalk path. Creating a walking path along the FIND property, restroom facilities and parking (NO new parking). Estimated completion is 2020/2021.

For the Waterfront Master Plan project history and the latest updates visit our Waterfront Master Plan webpage.

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