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 THIS SPRING & SUMMER
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-Opened April 26, 2019
2. Parker Circle Park-601 Parker Circle
Playground installation began April 17, 2019 and should be finished around May 15th. We invite neighbors to join us on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. for a ribbon cutting!
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 undergoing renovations, which began in fall, 2018 and was expected to be complete in late winter or early spring, 2019. The original renovations to the facility included new restrooms to meet Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards, new carpeting, safety handrails and interior painting. After work commenced on the project, contractors uncovered hidden water damage and therefore, the project timeline and budget have been amended to allow for the additional work. The new anticipated completion date is early 2020.
Bayview Senior Center's programs have been operating out of Brownville Community Center under a cooperative agreement with Escambia County since the center closed in September 2018. Most classes and programs will be relocating again starting June 3, 2019. The following programs will move to Gull Point Resource Center: Bridge, Pinochle, and Hand & Foot. All other programs will relocate to Sanders-Beach Corinne Jones Resource Center.
Bayview Senior Center staff will also be relocating during the remainder of the renovations. Jeremy Street, Recreation Supervisor will be located at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center to oversee Bayview’s programming. Molly Mahtani, Assistant Supervisor will be located at Gull Point Resource Center and developing new senior programming to enhance the center’s current offerings. For a list of programming with locations please visit the Bayview Senior Center page.
Amended Project budget: $715,000
Contractor: A.E. New Jr.