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Jacksonville, FL (June 1, 20202) — District 11 Parks are getting enhancements at three locations: Deerwood Rotary Children’s Park, Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve Park and Fort-Family Regional Park.

Over the course of several years of work and looking at how our parks within District 11 can be improved, it is exciting that I finally have this opportunity to announce the upcoming addition of these enhancements to some of our most popular parks,” Councilman Becton said. “In working with our Director of Parks and Recreation, Daryl Joseph, we identified these needs that would really impact the parks the most and got them designed and funded to now have them shovel ready for work to begin this year.

The Deerwood Rotary Children’s Park off Baymeadows Road East is having a new water feature added to its array of children facilities, a Splashpad. This enhancement according to the City of Jacksonville website, “Pablo Developers, LLC, dedicated the park property to the City of Jacksonville on April 20, 2001 and is a handicap accessible park for children. The Deerwood Rotary Club, with the financial assistance of the City of Jacksonville and other organizations, contracted for the development of this colorful, unique park and organized volunteer services to help in its original development.”

The splashpad is currently in the design phase and is expected to be built by the end of 2020. The project cost is $97,571. The theme of the splashpad will be “playful and marine life”.

“This splash pad will be a great addition to this park.” Councilman Becton explained. “The age for which this park attracts which is younger children, will have a fun and inviting amenity for which those hot days of summer can be enjoyed.”

Next to be added are long overdue restroom facilities to the Julington-Durbin Creek Park Preserve. The bathrooms will be built near the entry of the park by the parking lot and will be constructed as pre-fab, concrete modular units at an estimated cost of $300,000. The Parks Department is currently proceeding with permitting and expects to have them installed by the end of the year 2020.

In addition to the enhancements taking place at Deerwood Rotary Children’s Park and Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve Park., Councilman Becton recently announced a big makeover happening within the Fort Family Regional Park. As of June 2020, the park is in Phase Three of construction plans for a Baseball Quadraplex. This project is currently in its 10-Set review process. The plans call for four fields of depth to 275’, 200’-225’, 225’-250’ and 200 feet. Included also will be a concession/restroom building within the facility center, additional parking added and a jogging trail that will follow the shore line of the lake, picking up where the current path terminates in the front near the flex fields. There are two permits underway and the District 11 office is currently monitoring their progress.

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