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. Since our public meeting, we compiled the main components that we heard from the community that we think can be included in the design and that would be within our project budget.
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.
The items we will be proceeding with including in 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 or wood fencing (depending on cost)
- Leave the fencing around the remainder of the site, but add some native landscaping around the fence line
- Include a butterfly garden area
- In order to foster inclusivity, we also plan to add an ADA accessible piece of playground equipment and improve some of the pathways to the playground to be more ADA accessible.
We hope to obtain a design consultant in the next 2 months and have design completed by September. We plan to start construction toward the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023.
We have also identified funding for street light improvements for the area from the railroad tracks to Clearwater-Largo Road and from 1st Ave NW to 4th Ave NW. We hope to complete the street light improvements this year.
We will post these updates on the City's project site for Woodrow Park as well. Please also visit our Neighborhoods website for more neighborhood-based programs.
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 will be underway soon. City staff has been working 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. Look for these improvements happening soon.
A firm has been selected to assist with the design and engineering plans for the park improvements. They will be working on development the design plans over the next few months.