MARCO ISLAND — Veterans' Community Park plans are nearing completion with a meeting scheduled Wednesday.
After meeting with park design consultants from Kimley-Horn and Island residents, since about November 2008, a plan for Veterans’ Community Park is taking shape. Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Milk reported that after a large turnout of residents at the late February meeting, a revised “In the Round” plan for the park has been created. The revisions were based from concerns expressed by residents, including noise from the bandshell potentially bothering neighbors, aesthetic design of the back of the bandshell and traffic congestion during special events.
“Additional studies are being done that include expanding the open lawn to the waterfront and the potential relocation of the performing arts center to the east portion of the site to create a larger, central gathering space,” Milk reported.
A summary of proposed features for the most current “In the Round” plan include a 25,000 square-foot veterans’ memorial anchoring the southwest corner of the park along the water, a 14,000 square-foot performing arts center, a 10,000 square-foot bandshell, a 1.3 acre amphitheater with seating for about 3,000 to 5,000 people, depending on event and configuration, a plaza adjacent to the water slightly larger than a half acre, waterfront promenade and “palm court” near the performing arts center for special events. Palm court’s flexible lawn space could accommodate about 130 vehicles, about 40 vendors with trucks, trailers and tents at the Farmer’s Market and an arts festival of about 84 tents.
In addition to the interior park design, the plan also includes street improvements to enhance connections to North Collier Boulevard and Bald Eagle Drive. There are also 160 on-street parking spaces.
A public meeting to discuss the "In the Round" plan for Veterans' Community Park is 6 p.m., Wednesday, at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace.