New Park & Central Park Project 2023
Timeline of project:
December 2022 – City acquires 79 acres at the northeast corner of CR 17 and 90th Street, south of the Delano Industrial Park
January 3, 2023 – City hires WSB to Master Plan that future park
February/March – Park and Recreation Commission recommends that the Master Plan project be expanded to consider the City’s primary community park – Central Park – as well.
April 18, 2023 – City expands the Master Plan process to include Central Park
Summer 2023 – Public input process to generate ideas about recreation/park elements needed
October 25, 2023 – WSB presents three drafts to the Park & Rec Commission, they provided some preliminary feedback and approved sending it out for additional public comment
November 2023 – Launch request for public comment
December 13, 2023 – next Park Commission meeting where feedback will be considered, one concept will be recommended to send to the Council.
For many years, the Park and Recreation Commission has made a top priority to secure additional land for future community park needs. We have many activities and uses at Central Park and as the community grows, the Park and Recreation Commission wants to make sure there is space for future needs.
With that acquisition, this master planning project is a land use activity that will provide both clarity and direction for future park improvements. As you can imagine, there are a lot of ideas about what the land can/should be used for in the future. This process is intended to provide opportunity input, community conversation, and intentional planning for the land’s long-term use and make sure investments – as they happen – are logical and complementary to the overall plan.
The City currently has $1.2M programmed in its capital plan over the next five years to begin the buildout of any park improvements. All of this amount comes from Park Dedication funds from new development projects and revenue from the City’s municipal liquor store operations. While this money has been programmed in the Parks Capital Plan, the specific projects these funds will be used to complete has not been identified and will wait until the concept planning is completed. There are no other funds currently committed in the City’s budget and financial planning at this time. There will be ongoing discussions about timing, budgeting, and funding for improvements following the concept plan process.