New Construction at Holland Park
Improvements to James F. Holland Memorial Park – to include a new splash and play zone, LED lighting, improved bocce ball courts, more shade coverings and more – are underway. See below for an overview of the project. We will update the progress here as the project continues.
May 20, 2019
Temporary Fencing Installation Begins Next Week-
BBI Construction Management will begin installing their temporary fence across the south loop to create a construction compound the week of May 27. This will mean that traffic in the park will not be able to circle the park while this project is ongoing. Park visitors will still have all parking spaces available to them.
As a reminder, the contractor has already installed an office trailer behind the Historical Society Building. The compound created by the temporary fencing will contain all material storage trailers, office trailers and construction worker parking. This site was selected so that no existing permanent parking facilities will be impacted by the workers during the 14 month construction period.
June 27, 2019
Holland Park Phase 2 Construction Set to Begin July 8-
BBC Construction Management will begin construction on the Maintenance Building and on Pavilion no. 3 (located across the drive from the Historical Society Building) the week of July 8. Signs have been posted at Pavilion no. 3 informing the public of this upcoming change.
Construction at Pavilion no. 3 is expected to last about two months. Pavilion no. 3 will be secured with temporary fencing during the course of construction and will not be accessible to the public. Construction at the Maintenance Building is expected to last about four months. The Maintenance Building area is already secured with temporary fencing and inaccessible to the public.
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.
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 is 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.
Holland Park will remain open during the new construction, though an area toward the back of the park will be fenced off for the contractor’s storage, office space and contractor parking during the 14-month project.