Green Cove Springs starts process to upgrade two landmark parks

By Don Coble don@claytodayonline.com
Posted 8/17/22

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council set aside an extra 90 minutes ahead of Tuesday night’s regular meeting to discuss plans to make upgrades to Vera Francis Hall and Augusta Savage Friendship …

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Green Cove Springs starts process to upgrade two landmark parks

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council set aside an extra 90 minutes ahead of Tuesday night’s regular meeting to discuss plans to make upgrades to Vera Francis Hall and Augusta Savage Friendship parks, but it needed less than 15 minutes to push both projects forward.

In the first special session meeting, Public Works Field Supervisor Greg Bauer asked the council to approve Phase 6 of a plan to install new lights for the baseball/softball field and repave nature and walking paths at Vera Hall Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Bauer said the city could get as much as $112,500 from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program to help pay for the $150,000 project. There have been six layers in the approval process and the council quickly agreed it would be willing to spend $37,5000 from its Capital Improvement Plan. Green Cove Springs must submit the grant application by the end of the month.

In the second meeting, it took the council less than eight minutes to push a second grant application to the FRDAP to the second phase. That project would lead to a pair of picnic pavilions, resurfacing the basketball court and enhancing the picnic and recreational areas of Augusta Savage Friendship Park.

The city will ask for $50,000 and it won’t have to match any of the state funds, Bauer said.

“We usually stagger (grant requests), but you know, this year we decided it would take too long,” Bauer said. “We’ve got to look at the scope of the work because we have to balance staff and the scope of the work. You don't like to bite off more than you can chew by having too much going on at one time. But we will make sure that if they give us the money, they definitely will get results.”

That grant application also faces an Aug. 31 deadline.

In business from the regular session, the city council voted 5-0 to request $69,099 from the American Recovery Plan Fund for the creation of a citywide transportation mobility plan and fee.

The city council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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