The 53-acre master plan and the Phase 1 Master Plan approved by the city are conceptual designs. As the design and implementation teams work together to create an implementation plan to guide development, and ultimately, construction of the park, conservation and environmental requirements, a wide range of feasibility issues, and of course, cost and funding realities come into play.
Throughout our efforts we have worked with the community to meet aspirations for the site. Through the generosity of private philanthropy, we engaged a world class design firm, Sasaki, to help us design and implement our community’s vision for the park. As a part of a normal design process, we are moving from the conceptual master plan to a refined, revised plan that considers additional environmental information and citizen and city input. The Phase 1 approval process will take approximately 8 months and include 7 community workshops, (two of which were on July 10).
Our original master plan concept included two activated parallel piers, the larger of which included a large food and beverage pavilion. As is typical when you move from master plan to a Phase 1 plan, we completed several environmental surveys (seagrass, mangrove, bathymetric, etc.). We also incorporated the recently completed shoreline improvements (as this work was not complete during the master plan process). This information led us to suggest a refined pedestrian boardwalk that avoids and minimizes impacts to the bay and its environmental systems, while allowing pedestrians access over the water to enjoy our great sunsets. Based on further study and community input, the current design restricts the pier to pedestrians, canoes and kayaks and will not allow motorized boats. In addition, we will meet or exceed required setbacks from the property line for the pedestrian boardwalk, recognizing that this location is the best to minimize impacts to existing seagrass and coral.