Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Collier County Parks Newest Regional Park

Collier County Parks and Recreation is turning to the tech-savvy public to garner input on the county’s newest regional park.

Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park, located at 825 39th Ave. NE in Golden Gate Estates, was designed in 2006 and then put on hold during the economic downturn when the county did not have the funds to take on large capital projects. As the economy rebounds, Parks and Recreation is once again gearing up to deliver the long-awaited park.

But one question remains: Does the park plan developed in 2006 meet the needs and expectations of the community today?

To get the answer, Collier Parks and Recreation has unveiled a crowdsourcing website, www.bcirp.ideascale.com, which will allow those interested in giving feedback to register and create a log-in, submit ideas about the park, vote for or against submitted ideas, and post comments.

The department hopes that a wide variety of citizens, including those who might be disinclined or unable to attend public meetings about the new park, will use the site to let their voices be heard.

“We hope to create real dialog that produces input we can use to make Big Corkscrew Island Regional park the best it can be,” said Parks and Recreation Director Barry Williams.

The public may comment on the website through Nov. 30. Collier County Parks and Recreation will bring a status report on the park plans to the Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 9 and plans to offer commissioners a final conceptual design for approval in the spring.

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