The Board of Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a master plan that will guide the development of the Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park.
The Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park is a 149-acre site located in Golden Gate Estates near the Collier County Fairgrounds. The park was originally designed in 2006, but the project was postponed due to the recession and corresponding decline in capital project revenues.
As part of the reactivation process of the park, staff sought public input to assess whether the 2006 design met the community’s needs. Public meetings were held and surveys were conducted. Among the changes were relocating a parking lot to the north to be a barrier between some Estates residents’ homes and the multipurpose fields.
Plans for the current park, which were presented to commissioners Tuesday, include several multi-purpose athletic fields; walking trails; playgrounds; tennis, basketball and pickleball courts; a community center; swimming pools and a softball/baseball complex.
The first phase of the park is expected to cost between $24 million and $28 million based on preliminary design and permitting parameters. In his motion to approve, Commissioner Nance asked staff to bring back plans for financing, both all at once and in phases, and to bundle those plans with financing plans for Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples.
“There is a fundamental need for the completion of these two projects,” he said of the parks.
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