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Groundbreaking for Spring Park Pool

Groundbreaking for Spring Park Pool

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)

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