Lakefront Park Improvements

$4,720,000, $2,439,000 from general bond funds; funding sources for the balance is not yet identified.  The public space on the western shore of Starke Lake has become a major event venue space with multiple indoor and outdoor elements.  This project will improve those spaces and provide additional capacity to accommodate larger public and private events, in addition to providing space for private investments, such as restaurants, to take advantage of the shoreline ambience.  The project should be built in two phases to allow an early start for that portion that can move forward prior to relocation of City Hall.  There are two major project components:
a.    Lakefront Park Improvements - $4,180,000.  The major element of this project component will involve the removal of existing trafficways and buildings and construction of a formal amphitheater, parking upgrades, commercial building spaces, a small water park, playground, and pedestrian pathways.  
b.    Lake Edge Improvements - $540,000. The shoreline of Starke Lake will get native littoral plantings to improve lake water quality and preserve the banks, plus landscaping, improved sidewalks and lighting, more pavilions, a boardwalk, and enhanced water-access facilities (boat launches, piers, and docks).  The existing boat ramp will be moved and a portion of Lakeshore Drive may be closed.
The project will be constructed in two phases. 

General Fund Capital Bond Construction Schedule

Phase 1 will include shared parking and facilities supporting all venues; Phase 2 of construction includes demolition of old City Hall.
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