City funds park repairs, including gazebo replacement

Rendering of the new gazebo in Centennial Park.

Parks in several areas of Sanford are slated for upgrades and repairs following action by the Sanford City Commission Monday night.

Commissioners approved a $506,000 transfer of funds from reserves to pay for the capital improvements.

Among the projects funded by the transfer is $153,784 to replace the gazebo in Centennial Park. The new gazebo will be slightly smaller at 29 feet wide, as opposed to about 32 feet wide of the old gazebo. It will also be built at ground level rather than being raised several feet off the ground.

“It saves some money from construction and also doesn’t require ramps to make it ADA compliant,” said Robert Beale, operations manager for the city’s Parks and Grounds Division of Public Works.

Centennial Park will remain open except for the areas where construction will occur. That will also be the case at the other parks where repairs will be made.

“We want to keep the impact as low as possible to our residents,” Beale said.

Crews will work in non peak times, Beale said. There may be times when a piece of equipment is unavailable for a couple of days, he added, but the parks will remain open.

In addition to Centennial Park, other capital improvements include:

  • Starke Park Pavilion, $55,000
  • Derby Park asphalt, $75,000
  • Coastline Park swings, $43,107
  • Washington Oaks Park Pavilion roof replacement, $15,245
  • Replace 7 park identification signs, $11,750
  • Ft Mellon Park playground rehab, $50,000
  • Red Barber Park lighting, $6,380

The balance of the $500,000 will be spent on other miscellaneous maintenance equipment.