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Palm Coast Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 10 months ago

Holland Park, Tennis Center, Nature Preserve in city's plans for 2019 improvements

Also: Council proposes more pickleball courts, new basketball hoops.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

This coming year, the city of Palm Coast hopes to continue renovations at Holland Park, add a generator and a new data center at City Hall, rehabilitate the Tennis Center and continue design work at the Long Creek Nature Preserve, among other projects.

Mayor Milissa Holland also proposed during an Aug. 28 workshop that the city add more pickleball courts.

“I think we can get some tournaments to come here if we put in some tournament-play pickleball,” she said. “It’s a very dynamic, growing sport that people are traveling for.”

City staff had proposed six courts for Ralph Carter Park, but Holland said her understanding was that seven would be needed for tournaments.

“I would hate to just do it if they can’t get a tournament there,” she said. “If we’re going to do it, we should do it. ... I think we need to be very specific on if this is a goal.”

City Manager Jim Landon said that the idea of adding courts at Ralph Carter had been for local play, not tournaments. Only six courts would fit at Ralph Carter, according to city staff. But the city is considering a tournament setup for the courts at the Tennis Center, Landon said. 

“I think that’s the investment we should make,” Holland said. “I don’t think we should put six out at Ralph Carter just to put six out at Ralph Carter. ... I think if we’re going to do it for tournament play — and I think it’s a good idea to do it for tournament play, frankly — then we need to look elsewhere.”

Councilman Nick Klufas asked if new hoops would be added during basketball court resurfacing.

“We have the basketball hoops in Palm Coast that aren’t real basketball hoops, and that’s a real problem,” Klufas said. “They’re not square backboards, so they’re half-moon backboards. ... They’re actually recreational; they’re like playground basketball hoops.”

Holland said that was another subject about which the city needed to think strategically.

“I will tell you we have thought strategically, and they’re intentionally only for recreation,” Landon replied. “It wasn’t until recently that someone said we needed to do something different.”

Holland said she understood, and that the hoops would be “an easy fix.”

Proposed capital improvement projects, 2019:

Sesame Boulevard Path: $480,000 

Resurface Asphalt Trails: $150,000

Trailheads, Trail Signs, Commercial District Wayfinding: $35,000 

Holland Park Phase II: $3,775,000 

Long Creek Nature Preserve Design/CEI: $200,000

ITSC: Baseball Concession Building Electrical Improvements: $200,000 

ITSC: Field #1 & #2 Sod Replacement & Underdrain: $150,000

Palm Harbor Golf Club: Clubhouse Improvements: $100,000

Park Security & Safety (ITSC, BT, SW, WP, HP): $100,000

Tennis Center: Add Shade Cover for Court #10 Walkway: $20,000 

Tennis Center: Court Rehabilitation (4-10): $100,000

Tennis Center: Fencing Replacement: $50,000

Tennis Center: Tennis Shed Repairs: $10,000

Community Center: Bleacher Covering & Misting Station: 45,000 

Other parks projects to be determined: $75,000

Parks contingency / safety improvements: $75,000

Information Technology Capital Upgrades: $880,000 

Wetland Mitigation Bank Construction: $50,000 

Community Center Generator: $275,000

City Hall Interior Modifications: $225,000

Energy Improvements at City Facilities: $90,000 

Facilities ADA Transition Plan & Implementation: $75,000



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