Thank you all for providing your feedback for the Woodrow Park Improvement Project! Whether you submitted a survey or attended the in-person meeting, we appreciate your input!
Here are the main items of interest that came out of the community feedback:
- The park is well-used by the neighborhood and serves all ages
- There is a need for a dog park in the area
- The open space in the middle of the park is valuable for kids to run around (do not over-accessorize)
- Use native plants and environmentally friendly landscaping
The Community Development Dept and Recreation Parks and Arts Department are working together on this project with funding from the City's allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
The items that are incorporated into the design at Woodrow Park are:
- Add outdoor exercise equipment
- Add a water fountain (will request with dog dish component and human fountain)
- Reconstruct the basketball court
- Replace the fencing along the south side (next to the houses) with vinyl fencing (the fencing on the other sides of the park will remain.
- Install a public art sculpture
- In order to foster inclusivity, an ADA accessible piece of playground equipment will be added as well as some a pathway to the playground to be more ADA accessible.
- Street lights in the neighborhood (Update: 95% complete)
We discussed the neighborhood's need for a dog park, and we evaluated both Woodrow Park and Lake Villa Park as options for this. Due to the greater distance from surrounding houses (in terms of dog barking) and more centralized access to the park, we have determined that Lake Villa would be a more suitable option for a dog park location. We recognize this was a main priority for the neighborhood, and we will seek to identify funding sources to provide a dog park at Lake Villa Park.
Park Improvement Project:
Design plans are completed and the bid package for construction is being prepared. Construction is anticipated to begin around January 2023. The final site plan for the improvements will be on display at the City Projects meeting in Woodrow Park on September 29, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 PM.
Members of the neighborhood recently completed installation of a free library box at Woodrow Park in partnership with Largo's Neighborhood Grant Program. This was something identified by the residents as something they would like to have in the park.
Neighborhood street lighting improvements are 95% complete! City staff worked with Duke Energy to plan for these updates to account for and protect the existing tree canopy while improving pedestrian safety in the neighborhood area from 1st Ave NW to 4th Ave NW and from 1st St NW to Clearwater-Largo Road. Lighting on 1st Ave NW will be added during or after construction of the City Hall site and the adjacent site to the west.
For questions, please contact [email protected] or (727)586-7489 ext. 7212.