Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast will soon begin construction on additions and renovations at James F. Holland Memorial Park - to include a new splash and play zone, LED lighting, improved bocce ball courts, more shade coverings and more!
Palm Coast's largest and oldest park, located at 18 Florida Park Drive, underwent a major renovation in 2017; this will be the second phase of that project.
"Holland Park is one of our most popular parks, and we've heard from so many residents how much they're looking forward to the new splash park for their kids and grandchildren to enjoy," said Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, daughter of the park's namesake. "This second phase of improvements will complete our vision to make Holland Park a fun amenity for our residents and a regional destination attracting newcomers to Palm Coast."
Holland Park will remain open during the new construction. The contractor plans to complete the project section-by-section to minimize inconvenience to park-goers.
Within the next few days, in preparation for the start of construction in June, an area in the southwest section of the park will be fenced off for the contractor's storage, office space and contractor parking. The looping roadway through the park will be closed in that area throughout the 14-month project, though parking for those using the park will not be affected.
The centerpiece of the additions is a splash and play zone to be added to the existing sugar mill-themed playground. The splash park design will reflect the river, ocean, lakes and swampy areas - with water fountains and sprayers shaped like frogs, turtles, octopus, whales, manta rays, starfish, sand dollars, lily pads and cattails. Spray loops will be installed all the way down one pathway, and kids will be able to spray their friends with water cannons. The new splash park is being designed by Vortex Aquatic Structures, designer of many large water parks.
About 20 new pieces are also being added to the "dry" part of the playground, including equipment for toddlers and children with disabilities. Little ones will be able to climb a treehouse, explore a steam engine and carriage, and operate a playdozer. The playground is designed so children can develop their motor skills, learn through play and take on new challenges in a safe environment.
During playground construction, safety fencing will be used to protect children and their parents. One entrance to the playground will be closed at times to allow for construction access and improvements.
Other features of Phase 2 project include:
· Addition of covered pavilions at the playground, small dog park, horseshoe, and shuffleboard to provide more shade.
· Complete reconstruction of the bocce ball court with shade canopy covering, deck with seating, lighting, and hydro-irrigation system for the clay court.
· Update to the restrooms at Pavilion 3.
· Construction of a new maintenance building, to be added at the back of the property.
· New LED lighting, including at the tennis courts.
BBI Construction Management has been selected as the construction manager for Holland Park Phase 2. S&ME Inc. in Orlando was the architectural design firm for the first phase of the playground and also is designing the playground plans for Phase 2. Joseph Pozzuoli Architect (JPA) in Flagler Beach designed the other buildings, and the electrical engineer for the project is ERS Engineering in Jacksonville.
For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Palm Coast communications & marketing manager, at 386-986-3708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.