After what seems like forever, Egans Creek Park is nearing completion. Hurricane Matthew thankfully left most of the park unscathed, but many involved in the construction of the park were diverted to other activities for some time. Most notably, though, the fishing platform and kayak launching dock rode out the storm successfully, both being installed shortly before the storm.
Back on track now, the 1/4 mile walking path has been completed, the Meditation Labyrinth is under construction, lighting has been installed, and fitness equipment is scheduled for placement soon. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for additional site photos and the announcement of the Grand Opening!
Saturday, October 15 was a great day to say good riddance to Hurricane Matthew and get a close-up look at some great big trucks! Many of the trucks were the same kind that were in operation during the hurricane and clean up. We’d like to thank all the truck people and all the kids, moms, dads, grandparents, families and friends that came to Central Park for this 2017 Touch-a-Truck event! The day was capped off with a REALLY windy landing of the Trauma One helicopter.
Calling all artists! As part of our redevelopment of Egans Creek Park, an outdoor yoga and meditation garden designed by James Loper with Reflections of Nature is being created. This area will include two sculptural focal points. The diagram above illustrates the garden’s preliminary design with the sculpture locations denoted by the arrows.
We have contacted the Island Art Association to assist in reaching out to area artists to submit concept drawings/plans for the sculptures. Materials and labor to execute the designs will be primarily solicited from the community through volunteers and donations. This is an opportunity to add to our community’s public art, as well as an opportunity to showcase your talent and creativity.
Concept drawings may be submitted by individuals or groups. We will select designs for the sculptures with advice and guidance from the IAA. While it is planned for the park to be dedicated at the end of September, the timeline for construction will be determined once the final designs are selected. If your design is selected, you will then collaborate directly with 8 Flags Playscapes and other volunteers to construct and install the piece.
Concept submittals should include, as a minimum: one or more drawings, a brief written description of the construction and materials to be used, as well as feedback as to which components of the proposed design you can execute yourself and which components you would need outside assistance/expertise to execute. The diameter of the space for each sculpture should be within a 3-4′ range; electricity and water are available to these locations. An audible component to the design, such as a fountain, chimes, etc. would be an added benefit, but is not a requirement.
The deadline for submittals is September 6, 2016 by 5 pm. Submittals should be dropped off at the Island Art Association Gallery, 18 N.2nd Street, Fernandina Beach FL. All submittals packets, and every page therein, should be clearly marked with your name and contact information (email & telephone).
We hope you will get your creative juices going and help us get some art in this park!
Egans Creek Park is well on its way and up to now, has been substantially funded by individual donors, City impact fees, community businesses, and grants. Now is YOUR chance to have a part in this great project! Here’s how:
You may have noticed the fencing around a part of the Egans Creek Park grounds. That’s the exciting sign that the redevelopment of the park is about to begin! Soon, you’ll see some items on the site being removed, ground being reshaped, and a building going up. The building will be the restroom facilities new to the site. Drive by often and see the work as it progresses!
Mark your calendars! Groundbreaking for the Egans Creek Park project will be at 4:30 PM on February 12. Benjamin Morrison of Cotner Associates, Inc. Architects has created this final layout design of the plans for the park.
We would like to extend special thanks to Parker Contracting for generously offering tremendous support for this project. They will be acting as the General Contractor for the redevelopment, as well as providing a large amount of the labor necessary to construct the new restroom facilities and public pavilions on-site.
Additionally, the following local companies will be participating in the project through generous contributions of materials and labor:
RPM Lumber, Coastal Current Electric, Bill Ross Plumbing, Myers Tractor Service, Coastal Landscapes, Nitelites, Burt Wright Construction, and Manzie and Drake Land Surveyors.
We appreciate all of the contributors, great and small, who have helped to make this project a reality!
Last Sunday, October 25, filming was done at Pirate Playground to be included in a PBS program on family-friendly travel locations, Family Travel with Colleen Kelly. Stay tuned! The show is projected to air in May 2016.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Touch a Truck, 10 AM – 2 PM. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted for our new project, the Egans Creek Redevelopment. For more information, see the event Facebook page.