City of Palm Coast
Palm Coast - According to public health experts, having some fun outdoors is really the perfect remedy to make you feel better. Parks filled with open space, athletics and game areas have become a tool to promote better health and relieve the stress since being confined to our homes due to the pandemic.
In Palm Coast, James F. Holland Memorial Park is quite simply the ultimate. For many years, it's been a local favorite place for tennis, bocce ball, basketball and playground. Phase I of a recent renovation upgraded and increased the infrastructure and utilities, playground equipment, added a zip line, sand volleyball, two new basketball courts and two horseshoe pits.
Now, Phase II of the renovation is four months away from completion. A dynamic new splash pad will be the new signature feature in Holland Park, making it a future destination for people in our community, county and region. Water jets will shoot out from lifelike frogs, dolphins and rays while visitors swing from hammocks or climb around treehouses. There will even be a whimsical steam engine and carriage for imagining trips to visitor's favorite destinations.
"James F. Holland Park is near and dear to me and I am thrilled to share this state-of-the-art project with our community," said Mayor Milissa Holland. "There will be something for everyone and I look forward to our residents getting the opportunity to experience this transformative recreational area. It embodies everything our community loves about Palm Coast and I think it is coming at the perfect time for our residents."
The city is also adding inclusive elements with accessibility features to the playground and new family swings to climb on and sway back and forth together. Phase II also included a brand new bocce court with shade covering and new LED lighting for all sports courts. Construction is expected to be completed by late December 2020.
"I can't wait for the day that I can visit the new playground with my son," said Parks & Recreation Director Lauren Johnston. "I helped in selecting some of the play equipment and am most excited to share the expressions swing with him. I know he is going to love it!"
Due to COVID-19 and construction, only specific sections of Holland Park are presently open. They include tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, basketball, bocce, horseshoes, volleyball, baseball/softball, and multi-use fields where you can play soccer, football, etc. Visitors can also walk the three-quarter mile trail or bring their pup to the dog park.
Parks staff is following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safety and cleanliness, so families can feel secure when getting into their car and adding this park to their list of 'must visit' outdoor destinations. For a list of all parks in the city of Palm Coast to enjoy, visit https://www.palmcoastconnect.com/s/parks-and-rec and click the parks and trails button.
Located at 18 Florida Park Drive, the park offers 26 acres of diverse recreational amenities. This park is also the home to the Palm Coast Historical Society headquarters, which is celebrating 50 years this year and planning their Founder's Day for October. So stay connected with the city of Palm Coast for more information!