Bonita Springs Skatepark Receives $ 200,000 Grant for Recreation Center

Four years after closing a wooden skate park, Bonita Springs is ready to build a modern concrete replacement with nearly $ 280,000 in subsidies.

City workers started replacing wood with concrete in 2016, but the funds were lacking. The city council suggested finding grant funds at the time, and the staff got to work.

The $ 280,000 grant comes from the Federal and Water Conservation Fund, which typically supports local governments with outdoor park projects. The city has to increase the grant funds and has already provided 280,000 US dollars in the 2021-22 budget for the construction of the park.

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The final designs will be approved by the Environment Ministry, and then the city will begin looking for a contractor, said Nicole Perino, director of parks and leisure.

“We should start building this fall,” said Perino.

B3, as the skate park is called, opened in 2004 and has a wooden bowl. The city plans to upgrade this feature to concrete.

A wooden skate park opened in 2004 was closed for maintenance in the summer of 2017. Hurricane Irma swept over southwest Florida a few months later. Severe flood and wind damage had closed the park for good and dismantled shortly afterwards. An 18,000 square meter concrete slab stands empty near the entrance to the recreation center.

City officials began planning a new park in the summer of 2019 with the hiring of an Austin-based skate park design group, Stantec’s Action Sports Division. Local skaters and BMX riders met with the group to create an ideal skate park for Bonita Springs.

“It was designed by a professional BMX rider and a skateboarder,” said Perino. “They build skate parks and pump tracks all over the world.”

The concrete park will be free for everyone and will have a bowling, pump track and street skating section. It will be partially shaded and have seating.

Concept drawing of a planned children's pool and paddling pool in the Bonita Springs Community Pool.

New children’s pool and updated baseball complex in the leisure center

Two more projects are scheduled to begin construction in the fall.

A children’s pool and a paddling pool will be installed at the Bonita Springs Community Pool. A 2,500-square-foot children’s pool would be “a water playground in an 18- to 24-inch pool,” said Perino.

The pool is part of a major renovation to build family toilets and a larger office space. The work had an estimated price of $ 750,000 in 2016. The cost estimates are updated, the first provisional budget is in July.

Concept design of a renovated Bonita Springs community pool, including a new children's pool and family toilets.

The upgrades will continue on the Bonita Springs baseball fields. Crews spent last fall demolishing old sidewalks and substandard water drains on the city’s four-field complex at Bonita Springs Recreation Center.

The sidewalks have been widened and adapted to the Americans with Disabilities Act. A second construction round will begin in the coming weeks after the end of the Little League season. It will focus on replacing bleachers and player shelters.

The first round of construction cost almost $ 1.7 million. The upcoming construction is not priced.

Thaddeus Mast is a reporter for the Naples Daily News and The Banner. Support his work by subscribing to our local news agency. Find him on Twitter as @thaddeusmast.

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