During our Chamber's August Winter Haven Development Industry Roundtable Assistant City Manager T. Michael Stavres gave an update on the ongoing and upcoming capital improvement projects happening through the City government. Suffice it to say, the City is continuing to move forward and making investments in the infrastructure and quality of life of our residents. You can watch a video of Asst. City Manager Stavres presentation below or read the reader's digest version below.
There is nothing we love more than when local business and Chamber members are awarded bids to do local projects. Many of these projects are going to bid soon, so if you are interested in being a potential vendor register here and watch this website for updates. If you are unsure how to do business with the City, we did a webinar with the City on using their procurement system which can be accessed on our YouTube page here.
Complete Street Projects
Lake Conine Wetland Restoration
T Hanger Expansion at the Winter Haven Regional Airport
Fire Station No. 3
Winter Haven Garden Center
Lake Elbert Trail
Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center
Looking to complete a similar treatment to the WHRCC that they did to the fieldhouse. The above images are renderings that were done through a feasibility study with Straughn Trout Architects. This project will be going out for a design bid (around October 1) and then a construction bid about 30 days or so later.
The facility was built in the mid-1970's and is in need of much renovation. They are hoping to increase square-footage from the front and include a branch library and technology room that will provide expanded service to the Florence Villa and Northeast Winter Haven community.This will also include a new splash pad and other improvements to the outdoor footprint.
This project is estimated to be about $5M-$5.5M project.There is estimated to be about a year of design and another year of construction.
Lake Silver Skate Park
This project will be opened up by mid-September (pictures above are about a month old). This project is designed by Tim Payne, a world-renowned skate park designer. He is working in partnership with Chamber members Pennoni and Whitehead Construction.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Lake Silver Renovations
They old concrete amphitheater shell was torn down and this more flexible space will allow for a pass-through view of the lake. The concrete seating was removed and will be replaced with grass berm seating. This should also be completed by mid-September.
After the skate park and amphitheater projects are complete the City will be putting out a design-build request for qualifications around October 1for phase 2 of MLK Jr. Park. Phase 2 includes a new restroom facility, ADA sidewalk improvements, and allow for accommodation of larger events, including the 2022 World Water Ski Show Championship (the Olympics of show skiing). The City received $400,000 in state grants to help get this project done.
This project will tie together all of the work being completed in this area including the Lake Silver Complete Street project, skate park, amphitheater, renovations to the senior center, the new tennis courts, trailhead park renovations, etc.
4th Street Streetscape & Market Piazza
Downtown Street Cafe Expansion
Sertoma Park Athletic Field Renovation
Rowdy Gaines Olympic Pool Improvements
One additional update:
State Road 542 (Dundee Road to US 27) Phase 1 should be substantially completed in the next month. On September 8 the next phase will begin from Buckeye Loop Road to US Hwy 27. This phase is expected to last one-year