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Learn about current Recreation and Parks projects that are in progress!

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ADA Plan

The FY19 project includes sidewalk installation at Highlands East, Highlands West, Walker Park, Jervey Gantt, Lamb and Nature park. Highlands East and West Complete. Lamb park scheduled for end of March.

Aquatic Center Renovations (Jervey Gantt & Hampton pools)

This project includes interior and exterior renovations to both pools including replacement tile, remarciting and pump repairs. Under construction with completion scheduled for end of April.

Coleman Center Improvements

This project includes renovation of the building and construction of a new parking lot to accommodate programs as well as address ADA issues. Walk thru scheduled for first of March. Parking lot construction scheduled to begin in approximately 2 weeks when contractor is finished at FKNHL.

Community Cultural Arts Plan

City Council Workshop held January 15th. Adoption of plan to go to council in April.

Downtown Tree Replacements

Plan for replacement for dead and/or declining trees in the Central Business District. Trees on SE 1st Avenue removed from 2nd street to Broadway. New installation in March.

E.D. Croskey Center Fitness Center

This project will convert the existing meeting room at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center into a fitness room. Equipment delivered and room painting underway. Soft opening for the fitness center is scheduled for March 2nd in conjunction with Black Nurses Rock Health Fair at Croskey Recreation Center.

Fisher Park Play Equipment Replacement

Replacement of existing play structure. Equipment has been delivered. Installation scheduled for the end of April.

Fort King National Historic Landmark Fort Reconstruction, Creek Restoration, Driveway, East Lot Prep, Visitor Center Upgrades, Interpretive Signage and Blacksmith Shop

Phase I construction complete. Siding on block houses complete. Electric install complete. Lighting under walkways complete. ADA sidewalk installation on hold until driveway improvements are complete.

Ditch restoration complete. Pond restoration in progress. Staff is working on plan for landscaping and restoration of plants and trees.

Reconstruction of existing driveway. Construction in progress, estimated completion in 2 weeks.

This project will ready the East lot site for future development and potential short term use as overflow parking for events at Fort King NHL. Survey complete. Engineering provided topo/elevations plan. Engineering provided design for demolition and grading work. Kathy to provide comments from FKNHL Project committee to Engineering.

Upgrades to the existing visitor's centers displays to provide a better experience for users. Project is complete.

Project to update and upgrade interpretive signage at the site and inside the Fort. Grant for Division of Historical Resources submitted. The Florida DHR grant panel review meeting was held. Staff researching and will be preparing verbiage for signs.

This project will be to build a blacksmith shop outside of the existing Fort location. Grant for Division of Historical Resources submitted. The Florida DHR grant panel review meeting was held September 5 and 6.

Jervey Gantt Softball Field Improvements

This project is to renovate the softball field including field improvements, fencing, dugouts, shade structure and ADA accessible bleachers and plaza. Shade structure is complete. Concrete plaza and lighting complete. Fencing installation underway.

Magnolia Relief Sculpture

Final design is complete and sculpture is in fabrication. Installation scheduled for Summer 2019. Fabrication is 50% complete.

MLK Recreation Complex/Jervey Gantt Sports Lighting (Football & Softball)

This project includes installation of new lighting at the MLK Rec Complex on the football field and at Jervey Gantt softball field. Project Complete working on contract close out.

Multipurpose Community Center Feasibility Study

This project is for the conceptual design and planning services for a multipurpose community center in west Ocala. Community input process complete; first presentation to Council complete. Council Workshop held and site picked (Reed Place). Consultant to present final report at March 19th Council meeting.

Ocala Golf Club On-Course Restrooms (Back Nine)

This project involves renovation of the restrooms on the back nine of the golf course. Under construction, 80% complete.

Parks Operations Locker Room/Renovation

This project includes converting an existing storage room located at the Parks Operations Center into a multi-stall restroom/locker room. Architect contract executed. Meetings with Architect scheduled to begin in March.

Park Sign Replacement Program

Digital signs for Tuscawilla, MLK and Jervey Gantt complete and functional. Small park signs are in production. Park rule signs have been ordered and are in production. Staff is also working on FY 2019 sign order. Clyatt Park sign installed, waiting for power installation/fiber.

Recreation and Parks Master Plan Update

Evaluation report for progress on master plan goals underway. List of goals complete. Currently working on narrative report on each goal and updating LOS for each district.

Scott Springs Trail Extension

This project includes the trail extension to the east on Cala Hills property and an extension to the west to connect to the sidewalks on the adjacent road. Survey has revised the legal description and sketch for the easement needed from the Cala Hills group. Design meeting held October 9. Engineering completed 90% plans for west side connector. Staff comments submitted.

Ocala Skatepark

Construction in progress - pouring and forming concrete. Staff working on Grand Opening that has been scheduled for May 18th.

Train Station/MAX Renovations

Construction underway. Final walk thru was held on 1/31 and punch list provided. Contractor still working on punch list items.

Tuscawilla Park Master Plan

In spring 2014, City Council adopted the Tuscawilla Park Master Plan. As the "central park" of Ocala and a hub of cultural and active recreation, a master plan helps to provide guidance in management and development of the park. Review the Tuscawilla Park Master Plan.

Recreation and Parks Master Plan

In December 2010, City Council adopted the Recreation and Parks Master Plan to guide department provision of services and planning for future improvements to meet the community's needs. Review the Recreation and Parks Master Plan. 

Recreation, Open Space and Cultural Arts Element of the Comprehensive Plan

The comprehensive plan provides goals for meeting future planning objectives to ensure that community needs are met in a timely and efficient manner. Review the Recreation, Open Space and Cultural Arts Element.