Project Schedule: Notice to proceed 05/16/16, project substantially completed 4/13/17
Project Manager: Ken Francis
Design Consultant: Genesis Group
Contractor: Allstate Construction
In 1992, the state of Florida purchased the southern portion of the property where Salt Springs is located. The park comprises 3,296 acres, including 4 miles of mangrove-lined coastline, and more than 80 percent is marsh or submerged acres. Visitors can enjoy fishing and paddling the inlets and bayous that wander through the salt marsh. The Salt Spring looks small, but is actually 320 feet deep. Bird watchers can enjoy sighting raptors, wading birds, shore birds and migratory songbirds.
The project scope for the day-use area included construction of a new elevated restroom, asphalt parking lot, boardwalks leading to the restroom and adjacent natural grade canoe launch and picnic area. The restroom was built at a height of 25’ on concrete piles that includes water, power, and sewer hook-up. The new wetlands boardwalk leading to the canoe launch area was built using "top-down" construction to ensure that no vehicular traffic occurred in the wetland.
Visitors to the park will now have access to a full day-use area that provides a new elevated restroom building, shelter and observation deck as well as a boardwalk to the water’s edge.
Design consultant Genesis Group provided the design services for the project while the construction was performed by Allstate Construction. Project manager Ken Francis managed this construction project on behalf of the Bureau of Design and Construction.
June 13, 2017 - 11:27am
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