Port St. Lucie Unveils Its Newest Neighborhood Park
City unveils its newest neighborhood park in a grand opening ceremony
PORT ST. LUCIE – City residents, and especially those who live in the Torino neighborhood, will soon have a new place to play when the new Winterlakes Neighborhood Park will officially open to the public on Saturday, January 23.
This 28-acre park is set to become the City’s largest neighborhood park and is located at 5241 NW Jannebo Street in the Torino neighborhood in northern Port St. Lucie. The community is invited to the grand opening celebration with local dignitaries on January 23 at 10 a.m. at the park.
Public meetings were held during July and August of 2017 to engage public opinion about the future development of the 28-acre parcel located within the northern sector of the City. The consensus of the public was to develop the site as an unmanned neighborhood park.
“On behalf of the Department, we are excited at this opportunity to provide a large, open green space, in the northern section of the City, for our residents to enjoy various recreational and leisure opportunities,” said Sherman Conrad, Director, Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation. “Winterlakes Park has been in our plans for several years and the opening of the park will provide a true landmark for our guests and the City.”
This non-lighted park offers residents several amenities that include an airnasium with a basketball court, two restrooms, a playground with shade sails, a dog park with separate compounds for large, medium and small sized dogs, a large group, picnic area pavilion with tables and grills and a family pavilion, two open space practice fields, two tennis and four pickleball courts, and ten fitness stations placed along a paved walking/jogging trail.
Other elements of the park have been funded for Phase II in fiscal year 2020-21 via the Parks Impact Fee Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget. This CIP funding, along with a recently awarded Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program Grant funding, will construct a new maintenance building, additional sidewalk trails, a fishing pier, volleyball courts, bike racks, a gazebo and several more picnic pavilions. Construction of Phase II is under the procurement process and it is anticipated to begin development in late 2021 or early 2022.
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