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Posted on: October 25, 2019

Atlantic Beach: Beautifying city parks through green infrastructure, sustainable design

The City of Atlantic Beach, in partnership with the National Park Service and the American Society of Landscape Architects Florida chapter, invite the community to attend a two-day design charrette to help develop sustainable plans for local area parks and multi-use paths.

The charrette will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29-30, at City Hall, 800 Seminole Road. The public’s attendance and participation will help make Atlantic Beach a healthier, safer and more enjoyable place to live, work and enjoy.

The City is receiving parks master planning technical assistance from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. The plan will include establishing linear recreation corridors and adding multi-use pathways, such as the newly created path along Sherry Drive and Seminole Road, which provides the community with a smart transportation alternative to vehicle-dominated streets. The new 8-foot-wide Sherry-Seminole path is a Safe Routes to School project.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the National Park Service (NPS) have partnered since 2000 to help communities across the nation plan, design and manage their natural, cultural and recreation resources. Dozens of communities throughout the United States have benefited from this collaboration. Participants in the Atlantic Beach charrette will include Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) members and other residents, City staff, and ASLA and NPS representatives.

Atlantic Beach’s park master planning began in December 2018 with a community workshop to obtain community input on recreational needs and suggestions for park improvements. The City followed up with an extensive community survey and by data-gathering on opportunities for safe walking and biking activities, and access to parks, schools, work, and shopping.

Residents’ recommendations during the December workshop included developing plant pallets along City-owned rights-of-way and medians.  Participants in the Oct. 29-30 charrette will build off that and other suggestions to integrate green infrastructure solutions in the parks master plan. Specifically, the participants will collaborate to develop designs, renderings, and a vision of sustainable elements that can be incorporated into rights-of-ways, parks, medians, trails and sidewalks.

The Oct. 29 activities will begin with a welcome by Mayor Ellen Glasser, followed by presentations by  City Manager Shane Corbin, Planning and Community Development Director Amanda Askew, and ESC Chair Bruce Andrews. ASLA Florida chapter President Kevin White and ASLA Jacksonville section Chair Elizabeth Van Sickel will make presentations and then facilitate the activities.

Following the presentations, attendees will be asked to participate in facilitated group mapping exercises. Input on constraints, types of desired recreational amenities, priority areas, and on planning and design of local parks will be gathered. Additional facilitators include Dr. Gail Hansen, a University of Florida professor who specializes in landscape design; and ESC member Sarah Dark, a graphic artist,    

On Day 2 of the charrette, ASLA Florida members will unveil their findings, conclusions and vision for the parks master plan based on their field study and the community’s input.

For more information, contact Deputy City Manager Kevin Hogencamp at (904) 477-5325 or khogencamp@coab.us.

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