The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee heard from Tim Pinter, the city’s public works director, and other city staff members on three much-anticipated projects.

Mackle Park

Staff is preparing comments on the new plans drawn up by the city’s architect for the proposed new $3.5 million Mackle Park community center building. Once that process is completed and changes incorporated, the project will be submitted to the city’s Planning Board in February.

The plan would then be sent to the Marco Island City Council for review and approval and then sent out for bid.

“Right now we are proceeding on schedule,” said Alex Galiana, the facilities manager for parks and recreation.

The new building would be built on the site of the 30-year-old facility, necessitating the relocation of staff into temporary trailers on the property. That building would include meeting rooms, a teen center with game room, a small kitchen and other related space and storage areas.

The estimated cost for the building stands at about $2.7 million with another $800,000 for ancillary items and a contingency reserve to put it at the $3.5 million figure approved by voters in the summer 2014.

Linear Pathway

The advisory committee received an update Phase II & III of the Linear Pathway, which entails a walkway from the area of the city’s Tennis and Racquet Club off San Marco Drive and continues to Mackle Park. That was Phase I of the project, Phase II will run from Andalusia Court through Mackle Park and then across the city’s utility department property off Lily Court and into the Winterberry Park – anticipated to be done in 2016

Eventually, Phase III of the project would involve the hardening of the surface along the shell-based linear pathway from South Heathwood at Winterberry to Sandhill Street, parallel to Winterberry, and other necessary improvements. Design work for this phase is anticipated in 2016 and construction could take place during fiscal 2017-18, if the appropriate grants are approved by the state Department of Transportation.

Jane Hitler Park

One of the final phases of the construction on the new bridge, which has taken the place of the old Smokehouse Bay Bridge and renamed the Herbert R. Savage Bridge, remains the final landscaping design and rebuilding of the Jane Hitler pocket park on the south-bound side of the new structure.

Much of the former Jane Hitler Park has been dismantled as part of the construction of the new bridge and the committee was eager to hear the plans about rebuilding Hitler Park.

Walkers and bikers will be able to gain access to the park through a ramp and a walkway under the bridge. This will give access to the north-bound side of the bridge for those that wish to gain access to facilities on the eastside of Collier Boulevard without crossing Collier Boulevard.

Plantings, benches and a small shelter are planned for the once-popular spot for walkers.

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