Visitors to see improvements including new pavillions, playgrounds, and ADA accessible walkways.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 11, 2019) –
The City of West Palm Beach has completed the latest phase of the City Parks Improvements Project, which includes:
- The installation of a new playground at Mary Brandon Park at 700 Maddock St.;
- The installation of a new playground and pavilion at Chillingworth Park at 414 Erie Pl.;
- And pre-construction work on pedestrian pathways and a pavilion at Gaines Park at 1501 N Australian Avenue.
The City Parks Improvements Project affects park facilities and amenities citywide and includes:
- Replacement, renovation or expansion of Community Centers:
- Scheduled renovation of the Gaines Park Community Center,
- Scheduled replacement of the Howard Park Community Center,
- Scheduled expansion of the Coleman Park Community Center,
- Scheduled renovation of the Pleasant City Community Center.
- Renovated tennis courts;
- Repair of multi-purpose fields and basketball courts including lighting, surfacing, and fencing;
- Bathroom renovations;
- New playgrounds at Chillingworth, Howard, Gaines and Mary Brandon Parks, and ADA accessibility upgrades;
- New or renovated picnic pavilions;
- Dog park upgrades;
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument renovation;
- Centennial Fountain replacement.
“The City’s Parks and Recreation facilities play a positive role in our community’s health and wellness, sustainability, and equity,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “We’re excited to be able to bring these improvements to our residents so that they may be able to enjoy their parks and recreation facilities even more. These improvements are just one of the many ways we are working to put our neighborhoods first!”
Nearly $12 million is being spent in upgrades and new construction in our parks this fiscal year, with $23 million budgeted for parks and community centers projects over a five-year period between FY 2016- 2021. The projects are funded by a combination of City funds, bond funds and one-cent sales tax revenues.
“Great parks help to build strong, healthy communities,” said Leah Rockwell, City of West Palm Beach Director of Parks and Recreation. “We’re really excited about the park improvements and hope that everyone comes out to enjoy them.”
Construction on these projects will occur over an extended period. The projects follow extensive community outreach, conversation, and engagement with the neighborhoods. The City of West Palm Beach manages 55 parks and green spaces, which are maintained by dedicated employees who strive to keep our parks in optimum condition for our residents and visitors to enjoy.
For more information on City of West Palm Beach Parks and Facilities, please call City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation at (561) 804-4900 or visit: https://wpb.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Facilities-Locations