The project, which impacts the portion of the bike path that runs from 5th to 3rd streets, is sponsored by the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association and given additional support by a grant of $10,000 from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
The project began last week and is expected to be completed by mid-July.
“All aspects of the park will be improved,” said Misty Nichols, executive director of the GICIA. “Virtually all of the railroad ties will be removed. Recycled plastic bumpers will be utilized to accommodate car parking. Unhealthy or ‘tired’ plants will be removed and replaced or upgraded, and mulch rings will be created around all trees in turf areas. Wherever possible, butterfly-attracting species will be implemented, and large plants that inhibit visibility will be replaced by lower growing species.”
Nichols said the “visibility lines” at the end of the blocks will also be adjusted, making for safer and clearer views of oncoming traffic.
There will be additional parking available for both cars and golf carts. Car parking spaces will go up from 125 to 137 and parking for 34 golf carts will be added as well. Lighting will also be included to light “Old Glory.”
“This project will bring new beauty, vitality, and comfort to Boca Grande’s mid-town gathering place,” Nichols said. “The improvements to the Town Park are a project of the GICIA whose mission is to promote the general welfare of the Boca Grande Community by preserving island life.”View More images >>
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