Palm Coast - James F. Holland Memorial Park phase two renovations will be complete in just a few weeks and that means the new splash pad will be open daily for families to enjoy this spring and summer, along with new playground features that were recently unveiled this winter.
"I am so excited to celebrate the completion of all of the magnificent renovations to Holland Park," said Mayor Milissa Holland. "This amenity has been transformed into a regional attraction that will be a family favorite for multi-generational guests in our community for years to come."
Construction on the multi-million dollar phase two improvements of one of Palm Coast's most popular parks, located at 18 Florida Park Drive, began in May of 2019.
The centerpiece of these additions introduces a splash pad next to the existing sugar mill-themed playground. The splash pad design reflects the river, ocean, lakes and swampy areas. There are 41 spray features - water fountains and sprayers - shaped like a frog, turtle, octopus, whale, manta ray, starfish, sand dollar, lily pad and cattail. Nine spray loops were also installed and soon children will be able to spray their friends with water cannons.
On the playground, about 20 new pieces of equipment were installed for toddlers and children. Little ones will be able to climb a treehouse, explore a steam engine and carriage, and operate a play dozer. The playground is designed so children can develop their motor skills, learn through play and take on new challenges in a safe environment. There are also inclusive elements with accessibility features added to the playground as well as new family swings to climb on and sway back and forth together.
Other features of phase two improvements include:
- Covered pavilions added at the playground, small dog park, horseshoe, and shuffleboard areas to provide more shade;
- New bocce ball court with shade canopy covering, deck with seating, lighting, and hydro-irrigation system for the clay court;
- Restroom update at pavilion 3;
- Construction of a new maintenance building;
- New LED lighting;
Parks and Rec staff are following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safety and cleanliness.
Phase one renovations were completed in 2017. At that time, infrastructure and utilities were upgraded and new playground equipment was added including the popular zip line. Sand volleyball, two new basketball courts and two horseshoe pits were also constructed.
Holland Park offers 26 acres of diverse recreational amenities and is also the home to the Palm Coast Historical Society headquarters. Visitors can also play tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, baseball/softball, and utilize the multi-use fields for soccer, football, etc. There is also a three-quarter mile trail and a dog park.
As the project nears the finish line, the city will release more details on when residents can venture to this newly renovated regional attraction.
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