Thank you for your interest in current and upcoming Parks and Recreation projects. We understand that recreation facilities, parks and trails are important to you and we are working hard to make improvements that satisfy our growing community recreation needs and desires.
Hitzman-Optimist Park has a new inclusive playground
There is a brand new playground for children and families to enjoy at Hitzman-Optimist Park. On March 23, 2019 Mayor Grover Robinson was joined by District 1 City Councilman P.C. Wu, District 4 City Councilman Jared Moore, and District 4 County Commissioner Robert Bender in officially opening the new playground on Saturday March 23rd in the Scenic Heights Neighborhood on Langley Avenue.
This is not just any playground. The new Hitzman-Optimist Park playground incorporates 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design developed by PlayCore. That means it has been thoughtfully planned to create opportunities to ensure people of all ages and abilities can be both physically and socially active through play and recreation. The addition of this new innovative playground is sure to make Hitzman-Optimist Park a destination for families all over Pensacola.
7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design
Fair • Included • Smart • Independent • Safe • Active • Comfortable
The play environment is designed to be usable by more people than the previous playground at Hitzman-Optimist Park and therefore will better serve our diverse community by providing an outdoor play destination where everyone is welcomed as a valued participant.
In addition to play elements and surfacing that are ADA accessible, there are components to stimulate sensory engagement through tactile, auditory, visual, and movement experiences.
Project Budget: $350,000
Contractor: J.A. Dawson Co.
More New Playgrounds Coming Soon
There are more new playgrounds coming soon to several City of Pensacola parks! There are a total of four additional playground replacements planned for 2019.
Project Contractor: J.A. Dawson Co.
1. Armstrong Park-300 West Lakeview Avenue
Construction on Armstrong Park playground is complete and a Ribbon Cutting Celebration is set for Friday, April 26th at 4:15 p.m. We hope you can join us!
2. Parker Circle Park-601 Parker Circle
Playground installation began April 17, 2019. We anticipate completion in 2-3 weeks, depending on weather.
3. Springdale Park-600 East Brent Lane
4. Tierre Verde Park-5850 Reynosa Drive
Morris Court Park Reconstruction
Morris Court Park is currently being renovated with improvements including a new walking path, pavilion, landscaping, and new basketball courts. The project is expected to be completed during Summer 2019. A new playground was previously installed at Morris Court Park in 2018.
Project budget: $300,000
Contractor: Emerald Coast Construction
Bayview Resource Center
Construction began on the replacement Bayview Resource Center in February 2019. Bayview Resource Center will be an exciting new addition to Bayview Park. The facility, which replaces the former community center that was demolished in 2015, will provide more accessible uses and waterfront access for the community to enjoy. The building is designed to be an active and highly social building that also reinforces the importance of Bayou Texar as a natural asset, and supports continued improvements of and around Bayou Texar.
The community center portion of the facility will include a large event space which can be separated into two smaller event spaces, meeting rooms, a catering kitchen, fitness room, and staff offices. A large open lobby welcomes guests to the facility and there are multiple decks and balconies offering sweeping views of the waterfront. There is also space for storage of kayak, SUP, and rowing sculls to provide a home for paddle sports and non-motorized water activities. There will also be indoor and outdoor access to restrooms.
The Bayview Senior Center will remain in its current location adjacent to the new community center and will see relief from program crowding as well as improved access to parking.
Project Budget: $6.5 million
Contractor: Hewes and Company
Architects: Caldwell and Associates
BAYVIEW SENIOR CENTER Renovation
The Bayview Senior Center is currently under renovation. The project began in Fall 2018 and was expected to be complete in late winter or early spring 2019. Upgrades include new restrooms to meet ADA standards, new carpeting, safety handrails and interior painting. After work commenced on the project, contractors uncovered hidden water damage and mold which required remediation. The project timeline has been shifted to allow for the remediation work and the new anticipated completion date is Fall 2019.
Project budget: $352,000
Contractor: A.E. New Jr.