have their own space as well, with a newly constructed dog
park. Two Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant restrooms
and a maintenance building will complete the first
phase of the project. Fishing will be allowed in all areas of the
The park is designed to utilize the existing infrastructure
that was put in place when the property was leased to St.
Lucie School District from 2007 through 2012 as a temporary
school site. The district had already cleared and graded the
property, designed and permitted the storm water collection
system and wet retention pond, installed underground drainage,
parking lots and a sidewalk. An open-sided gymnasium
brought water, sewer and electric to the site and a playground
“When the lease ended, the parks and recreation department
assumed all the maintenance responsibilities for the
property,” said Brad Keen, assistant director of Port St. Lucie
Parks and Recreation. “We saw the opportunity to give a
facelift, expand the existing infrastructure and create a very
large neighborhood park.
“This is the city’s first neighborhood park since the construction
of the Woodlands Trail Park in 2018,” he added.
“It’s also one of the largest.”
The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the National
Recreation and Park Association and the Urban Land Institute,
created the 10-minute walk initiative to ensure there’s a
great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every
neighborhood, in every city across America.
“We strive to fulfill those goals but Port St. Lucie has grown
so rapidly that we’ve had to stretch that walk zone out to 15
or 20 minutes,” said Keen.
There will be plenty of sliding and climbing at the planned playground.
Currently the Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation system
includes more than 46 parks encompassing 1,516 acres of
parkland, equating to 1 park for every 3,913 residents.
In July 2018, the parks and recreation department looked to
the future and began a yearlong planning process assessing
needs and priorities from residents with the goal of creating
a long-range vision. More than 1,200 residents participated
in the process by attending workshops and focus group
meetings and completing mail and online surveys. A 10-year
Parks and Recreation Master Plan was adopted by the City
Council in July 2019.
To read the 10-year master plan, visit www.cityofpsl.com/
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