Village hosts workshops for suggestions on parks

Village hosts workshops for suggestions on parks

Attendees viewrenderings of park designs and layouts.

The Village of Palmetto Bay hosted two Parks and Recreation Planning Workshops to get input from residents about future improvements and added features for the village’s parks.

The first was at Coral Reef Park on Wednesday, June 5, and the second was at Palmetto Bay Park on Thursday, June 6. Both took place at 6 p.m.

The “visioning process” to determine community priorities was done through direct discussion as well as by having residents use markers on large poster boards to list things they would like to see at specific parks. While the meeting at Coral Reef Park attracted only three attendees, the one at Palmetto Bay Park the following night drew 20 people despite bad weather.

Among the things that residents asked for in the way of improvements for Coral Reef Park were kayak/canoe rentals, motion detection lights, no additional field lights, sound proofing in the park meeting room, a better community room and better drainage in the parking areas.

For Palmetto Bay Park residents asked for a community garden on the south side, a water feature for children, beach volleyball (one called for replacing the skatepark with a beach volleyball area), features for older children to be added and perhaps additional softball fields.

Fans of Perrine Wayside Dog Park suggested that a permanent “dog wash” station be added.

Resolutions incorporating these and other ideas likely will be included at upcoming village council meetings in July or August.

For information or suggestions about village parks, call Village Hall at 305-259- 1234.

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