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Cape Coral to get updates on parks and projects Wednesday

New discussion: Possible P3 could bring a community center, pool, indoor rec center to Lake Meade Park

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | May 21, 2024

A possible public-private partnership that could bring a community center, pool and indoor recreation center to Lake Meade Park will be discussed at Cape Coral City Council’s workshop meeting Wednesday.

If the P3 route garners a consensus, modifications will need to be made to the plans and permits for the as-yet-undeveloped park off Kismet Parkway near the Del Prado Boulevard extension.

The Parks Go Bond progress report discussion also will include Yellow Fever construction, which is at 75% complete; Lake Kennedy Racquet Center at 95% and Crystal Lake is at 10%.

The de-construction and demo contract is nearing completion for the Yacht Club, another discussion point Wednesday.

Progress at the Yacht Club also includes boat slip transfers being completed and the final design and pier design proposal are in the process.

Yellow Fever Creek has a budget of $6,026,287 and the contractor is OAC Action Construction. According to the presentation there are liquidated damages being assessed on the contract.

The Lake Kennedy Racquet Center has a budget of $11,243,030 and is scheduled to be completed next month.

The completion date for Crystal Lake Park is scheduled for March 2025. The budget for this project is $10,293,147 and the contractor is Pavement Maintenance, LLC.

Festival Park’s groundbreaking is scheduled for June 28. It has a budget of $17,829,987 and the contractor is Burke Construction Group, Inc.

Permits are waiting to be obtained for Tropicana Park. In addition, the exotic tree removal and eagle nest take have been completed.

The Wednesday workshop also includes quarterly reports regarding grants management, capital improvement projects, communication, and economic and business.

The second quarter includes 54 active grants citywide for a total awarded of $155,997,733 with a total available to draw of $103,528,917.

The active grants include development services, fire, police, parks and recreation, public works, utilities/CIP, financial services, and the city manager’s office.

The capital improvements projects to be discussed include Jaycee Park, which has a slated start construction date of late 2024. Other large projects include the Skate Building Replacement, Emergency Operation Center addition, fire training facility phase one and two; Oasis Multi-Purpose Athletic Field, and Veteran’s Park tennis court addition.

Some of the other projects will include an update about the Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Program, road rehabilitation program, median landscaping program, new traffic signals and city and grant funded sidewalk program.

The Economic and Business Development Office report will go into detail of how Cape Coral is fairing compared to other areas in regards to unemployment rates, 3.0% for Cape Coral and vacancy rates, which is 13% for the city.

Other topics will include the Cape Coral Grove Project, a $920 million project that will include 70 buildings.

7 Islands – Gulf Gateway Resort, which has an architect under contract for all the island structures, will also be discussed.

An update will also be given for Bimini Square, which is a mixed-use project that has a $55 million investment located at 338 Palmetto Dr. and 414 Cape Coral Pkwy. E.

The City Council meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in City Council chambers, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd. The meeting is open to the public.