3 May Groundbreaking for Spring Park Pool May 3, 2016 By Laura Pavlus General, News Spring Park , Green Cove Springs, Spring Boil, Spring Park Pool 0 It was a bright and sunny day as local public officials and private citizens gathered on April 28, 2016 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the work to renovate the Spring Park Pool into a facility to be enjoyed for many future generations. Details of Spring Park Pool Renovation (as provided): Green Cove Springs approved a contract for the $2.4 million Spring Park Pool renovation project, which includes adding a two-story pavilion and a splash park. This project would not be possible without the City's One-Cent Sales Tax dollars, the generosity of our Clay County Board of County Commissioners, and the participation of the State of Florida towards spring restoration. City staff will perform site and drainage work, resulting in a significant cost savings. Core Construction, Inc. of Jacksonville is the contractor and Matthews Design Group is the designer. The project, which is projected to be completed this winter, includes reconstructing the pool that is fed by the Historic Spring Boil. The work also includes constructing a two-story pavilion immediately north of the pool. The project will keep a historic look, with the pavilion featuring stone and stucco walls and a metal roof. The pavilion will be located on the spot at which the original City Hall stood. That building ceased to be used as City Hall when the New City Hall, also built with sales tax dollars, opened in 2004. The former City Hall provided restrooms for the pool until it was demolished in 2015. The spring water is reputed to have healing powers. During the late 19th Century, many hotels operated around the springs, attracting wealthy visitors who arrived by steamboats that traveled the St. Johns River. As railroads facilitated tourist travel farther south, the hotels declined. However, Spring Park and the pool have remained a popular spot to visitors. "We are delighted to keep enhancing the springs, this amazing natural feature that people have embraced throughout the history of the City and the State," Mayor Van Royal said. "This project also will foster economic growth in the City." (and county) Attached Files 20160428_100427 1.97 MB20160428_100740 1.59 MB20160428_101222 1.55 MB20160428_094838 4.64 MB20160428_102011_006 4.34 MBNew Spring Park Rendering-Reduced File Size 1.35 MB Related Officials Look to Spring Park Project as Key Piece in Economic Development GREEN COVE SPRINGS | The natural spring that is key to the city’s historic past could help lock in its future, say Green Cove Springs leaders and economic development officials projecting new business and industry could come into the community just as the mineral water now flows through Spring Park into the adjacent St. Johns River. New Co-working Space Opens in Orange Park of Clay County off of Kingsley and Park Avenues A new co-working space has opened up in Orange Park off of Kingsley Avenue and Park Avenue (US-17). Montreal-based airplane maintenance tracking company opens first U.S. office in Orange Park partly because of local talent pool The Montreal-based company recently opened its first U.S. office in Orange Park (of Clay County, FL) because of an increase in aircraft business and the local talent base. Orange Park Medical Center Opens Level II Trauma Center Orange Park Medical Center opened its long-sought trauma center after receiving provisional status from the Florida Department of Health. For now, it’s the second trauma center serving the Northeast Florida region of Clay, Duval, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns counties. UF Health Jacksonville has a Level I trauma center serving the region. Green Cove Springs Prepares for Population Boom GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. - The small Clay County town of Green Cove Springs is preparing for a population explosion. The outer beltway project is planned near Green Cove Springs and it will bring more people and more traffic along with it. Florida's Fastest-Growing Natural Gas Supplier is Coming to Green Cove Springs After more than a year of negotiations and discussions, one of Florida's fastest-growing natural gas suppliers is ready to lay pipe here. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.